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New York Giants RB Andre Brown to Meet with Houston Texans on Monday

April 7th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Free agency hasn't been too kind to running back Andre Brown (New York Giants), who has received little interest from around the league despite an early visit with the Oakland Raiders. However, that is poised to change on Monday when the former fourth-round pick (2009) meets with the Houston Texans.

With Ben Tate now a member of the Cleveland Browns, the Texans find themselves in need of a back-up for their lead man, Adrian Foster. And with precious little left on the market, Brown offers a potentially huge upside. Despite his history with injuries, he's always been relatively successful on the field, averaging 4.1 yards per carry for his career, while offering solid pass protection and a receiving threat out of the backfield.

Unfortunately for Brown, it's the injuries that have prevented him from a long-term deal and big money. It's also what caused him to become such a young journeyman, bouncing around from the Giants to the Denver Broncos to the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and, ultimately, landing him back with the Giants all over the span of five NFL seasons.

Even in 2013, which was anticipated to be his first fully-healthy season, Brown suffered a broken leg in the final game of the preseason, causing him to start the year on temporary Injured Reserve (IR). Brown ultimately finished the season with 139 carries for 492 yards and three touchdowns.

If he can finally put his injuries woes behind him, landing in a place like Houston might be the ideal scenario for him.

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10 Responses to “New York Giants RB Andre Brown to Meet with Houston Texans on Monday”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    I truly believe if not for injury this kid is top 15 in the league. He does everything well and is a big strong nifty runner. It’s a shame really. Brown minus injury is one of Reese’s better picks period. I hope he catches on and does well.

    •  jfunk says:

      Agreed. If he could just stay healthy, everybody would know who he is.

      Unfortunately, with 5 years already gone it’s unlikely any team will ever trust him to be healthy, meaning he’ll never get a real chance to be “the guy” and thus never get a big payday.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I wonder if there’s a chance Brown comes back here. I still think much like the Davis signing we will add some cheap NFL vets at RB, WR & LB. Brown would be better than other options at RB talent wise but I wonder if we want a guy that’s more a body that we could end up cutting if Wilson is healthy, Cox shows well & we add a draft pick.

    •  Krow says:

      Wilson, Jennings, Cox, Hillis … add in Conner and Hynoski. It’s hard to see them putting another roster spot into RB.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        90 man roster? I definitely see more RBs needed. Jennings is the only roster lock. Wilson is a lock if healthy. Cox is probable. Hillis is no lock, don’t forget he was on the street in the middle of the season. To me a a rookie draft pick is very likely to be better than Hillis. We will likely keep 4 RBs but the I think at least one we keep is not on the roster. It will be either Conner or Hynoski not both.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I really hope Brown gets a job. He “coulda been a contender” if not for miserable luck and he’s a good guy, determined worker and very good back. I’ll stick with what I said about him when he was drafted: he reminds me a lot of Rodney Hampton. Too bad injuries set him so far back. He deserves a few more years in the league and can help someone.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Brown if healthy will definitely get a chance.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      He reminds you of Hampton? In what way?

      •  rlhjr says:

        Big powerful with hesitation, stutter step moves. He doesn’t give ground. Always falling forward. Enough speed to get to the outside and goes from zero to top speed instantly. Just when you think he’s a scat back, he’ll throw a stiff arm and leave footprints on your chest. A healthy Brown is also a hell of a third down back.

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