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Houston Texans Release Former New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown

August 12th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

When he failed to receive even a single snap in their preseason opener, it was obvious that Andre Brown's career with the Houston Texans was poised to be a short one. That became a reality on Monday evening as the Texans officially announced that they would be releasing the veteran running back.

Formerly a fourth-round pick of the Giants, Brown's early career was plagued with injuries and resulted in him being a journeyman. He spent time with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts before landing back with the Giants in 2011.

Brown would go on to play in 18 games for the Giants in 2012 and 2013, carrying the ball 213 times for 877 yards and 11 touchdowns. However, he might be most famously remembered for his "I got a ring" speech/song following Super Bowl XLVI when he was a member of the practice squad.

Unfortunately, Brown's career has been plagued by various injuries, including a ruptured Achilles, a neck injury, a broken fibula and subsequent lingering leg issues.

With David Wilson having previously been forced to retire and Peyton Hillis dealing with an ankle injury, speculation will immediately begin about a possible Giants/Brown reunion. However, as of now the team has not reached out to Brown and the likelihood of that occurring remains slim. While Brown may be familiar with the Giants organization, he is not familiar with Ben McAdoo's new offense and had Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin & Co. thought he'd be a fit, they would have re-signed him long before he made his way to Houston.

For Andre Brown, this just presents another in a long lone of challenges he must overcome, but it's nothing insurmountable. He's overcome tougher odds and we would expect him to do the same now … just not likely with the Giants.


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17 Responses to “Houston Texans Release Former New York Giants Running Back Andre Brown”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    August 11, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Monday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), FB John Conner (concussion), Victor Cruz (knee), Marcus Harris (hip), Jerrel Jernigan (knee), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), and CB Jayron Hosley (foot).

    WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) and TE Daniel Fells (knee) participated in individual drills.

    “Well, Daniels Fells actually took some time on the field with us,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Xavier Grimble still is over there with the trainers, but I am hoping that Daniel Fells is better tomorrow and maybe we can get Xavier Grimble pretty quick. He’s been out a long time for a rookie.”

    “(Harris is) supposed to work tomorrow,” said Coughlin. “(Beckham) did individual. They said he did alright. Maybe they can extend it a little bit tomorrow, I hope…(Beckham) probably wasn’t full speed today, but he got out there and did some things. I won’t be able to ascertain until he takes some team snaps.”

    “(Cruz and Jernigan) will be back tomorrow, I hope,” said Coughlin.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      We should all be hoping Xavier Grimble can get on the field and show something.

      Right now I’d say the two veterans Reese signed should be considered the best tight ends we’ve got, and that will remain my opinion until Donnell shows he can stick a block. So if Grimble has any talent I’d like to see it. Maybe he can help us a little.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Throughout the course of this year’s training camp, Corey Washington had made highlight-reel catch, after highlight-reel catch against the third- and fourth-string Giants’ defense.

    While the catches were impressive, they always came with a bit of an asterisk simply because of who was guarding the 6-4, 214-pound rookie.

    Then Monday’s practice came. Victor Cruz, Marcus Harris, Jerrel Jernigan and Trindon Holliday did not practice and Washington got his first chance to play with the starters.

    The result? Catch… after catch… after catch. Then, just for good measure, another catch.

    Washington stole the show at Giants’ training camp as he continues to make a push for a spot on the final 53-man roster

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Corey Washington doesn’t just play receiver, he plays defensive back, too. Eli Manning made a terrible decision attempting to force the ball to Washington and it was traveling directly to Jameel McClain. Truly, it was going to hit him between the ’5? and the ’3.’ Washington jumped up and over McClain, reached around and batted the ball out of his hands.

  4.  Krow says:

    Reminds of Victor Cruz … not as a WR, because he’s not a slot guy. But the camp buzz and the pre-season excellence.

    Hopefully the rest of the story won’t come true and he won’t get a hangnail and waste a year on fake IR.

  5.  GIANTT says:

    I dont see how he doesnt make the team AND contribute especially in the red zone .Now we just have to hope he doesnt get a piece and shoot himself .

  6.  James Stoll says:

    Yeah, the hype on CW is almost too good to be true
    It would be nice to see him moved up the depth chart for Saturday
    given that ODB won’t play, MM’s performance to date has underwhelmed, and both Harris and JJ are nursing small maladies, you can almost see (if you squint really hard into the sun) an opening trio of Randal, Washington and Cruz

  7.  James Stoll says:

    of course, if he’s going to make it, he’s going to have to come up with an end zone dance
    anyone know what kind of music his grandmother listened to?

  8.  Alex Ciordia says:

    Has anyone that was at the game followed washington? In the few routes I could see him run on tv he appeared to be getting good seperation but I was curious if anyone saw that consistently. Very promising news on him working with the ones though.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Always against non-starters, so hard to really tell much but yes, he was getting separation except in the Red Zone where separation is impossible but in which he made a GREAT play by in essence “boxing out” the corner who was in good coverage, judging properly how much room he had between him and the edge of the end zone, and making a smooth catch of a ball he’d made impossible for the corner to get anywhere near without running through him.

      On that touchdown against Pittsburgh he looked like Plax (after Plax had learned to use his big body to best effect!). Very, very, impressive.

  9.  fanfor55years says:

    re-posting from last night…..

    fanfor55years says:
    August 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I’d definitely see if Brown is available at a veteran minimum deal. The guy can run well, protects Eli very well, and can catch the ball. So what if he has seemed a bit fragile? As a fourth back, and a short yardage specialist, he’d be a fine addition.

    Look, everyone expressing doubts about the team has a legitimate point of view. There are a lot of unanswered questions at this point, especially on offense.

    But let’s start with defense. Is JPP going to dominate? If not, can Damontre Moore do so even in only his second year? If they get neither then the pass rush will not be good enough and even with a top secondary the enforcement of the five-yard rule is going to make it tough to defend the pass. That would take the defense from a potentially dominant one to just a good one, and unless the offense rounds into shape quickly, a “good” defense is not going to be good enough in 2014. I don’t think the offense will jell very quickly, so either the pass rush is strong or we’re waiting for next season for the Giants to make a run.

    On offense we have to see much more before any conclusions can be reached, but the offense simply cannot be the disaster it was last year or this starts to look like a 7-8 win team that will only get there based upon solid (not spectacular, just solid) defense and special teams. Is Eli going to get comfortable? Is Randle going to escape his confusion? Is Beckham going to be the rare rookie who provides serious impact almost from the start? Will a fourth good wide receiver emerge from the rest? Is there a Red Zone target among the receivers? Will the offensive line play up? Will there turn out to be a decent pair of tight ends? Will one of the other receivers prove good enough to prevent defenses from doubling Cruz? Can they cut the turnovers at least in half?

    I don’t know the answers to any of those questions, and neither does anyone else. What I DO know is that the pessimists should have plenty of ammunition going into the season’s start because I think it will take longer than another four weeks to get the offense clicking, and the quality of the pass rush won’t be known until the real games begin. But I’d advise against reaching conclusions until at least a few weeks into the schedule. We’ll know a lot more by September 22 than we do now. If they can find a way to win those first two home games then things should start to round into shape pretty well.

    fanfor55years says:
    August 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I guess it’s too late for replies, so I’ll add a few points:

    1) Unlike BBG, I think JPP is back and WILL have a dominant season, and if the Giants get the bonus of a good season from Moore (which looks increasingly likely) and Kiwi (who needs to be solid and take advantage of single blocking that should allow him to reach the QB) I believe this will be a dominant defense;

    2) I think Eli and Randle will be fine. If necessary McAdoo can reduce the options for Randle. The kid has the physical talent to be a quality X-receiver. The scheme will eventually be tweaked as necessary to allow him to be that;

    3) I think Beckham IS the rare rookie who will have an immediate impact. I look for him to catch 40-50 balls this season and make some big plays. His emergence will guarantee that Cruz will not be consistently doubled, allowing Victor to make some big plays in this offense AFTER he catches the ball;

    4) Washington is doing too much, too consistently, in practice and in games, to be a preseason mirage. He’s going to emerge as a Red Zone target and legitimate threat in spread packages;

    5) In Mosley and Richburg the Giants have two young offensive linemen who should improve the trenches. Schwartz, who has not been great so far, should start getting better. Left tackle is still an issue, even if Beatty returns in better form, because there isn’t depth there. But that CAN be countered. Eli was awfully successful with Diehl over there for the Super Bowl wins. But it means that the backs MUST block well. (It may mean that even had he played this season Wilson would have been a situational back, and would have remained one until the offensive line was entirely reliable).

    In short, I see a chance for ten wins and the NFC East title. If the offense jells early, perhaps eleven wins. But I readily admit, the range of possibilities is very wide this season. If the offense doesn’t come together in time they could be a seven win team. But if things go well they could even win twelve. It should be a very interesting ride.

    •  James Stoll says:

      as long as I can close my eyes to what I see when the offensive line actual lines up against the opponent’s 1′s, and so long as I assume ODB will get healthy and fulfill promise quickly into the season, I can be optimistic

      barring injury the defense at a minimum looks solid
      assuming Beason is back by week 1 halthy and ready to go, and JPP is somewhere within spitting distance of his 2011 self (or Moore truly does emerge), the defense may be much better than solid

      we know we have a pretty decent looking group of RBs and 1 proven receiver
      we also know we have a great story brewing in Washington
      ODB is supposed to be a stud and hopefully by the time we play the Jets he’ll be able to play

      did you catch the report that Painter took all the second team reps yesterday?
      Nassib may be cursed by his No. 4 draft pick status

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Painter looked darned good against the Steelers. Everyone who has proclaimed him a bum must not realize that he came complete with a strong endorsement from Peyton Manning, behind whom he played for years. Manning insisted he was a very sound quarterback and told his brother he’d like him.

        I know the Giants strongly hope that Nassib beats him out. And Nassib didn’t do badly against the Steelers (and he played against better players on defense than did Painter). But I don’t think that competition is over at this point, not by a long shot.

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