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Andre Brown | Running Back

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/15/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 227
College: North Carolina State
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Texans agreed to terms with RB Andre Brown, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $645,000 contract.
The Texans have their Ben Tate replacement. Older than Tate and even more injury prone, Brown is not an upgrade behind Arian Foster, but was easily the second-best back left on the market behind Chris Johnson. Brown started the final eight games for the Giants last season, but averaged only 3.53 yards per carry. For his career, the 27-year-old Brown owns a 4.09 YPC. He gets what's blocked, but not much else. Brown will begin training camp as the clear No. 2 on the depth chart, but won't be miles ahead of Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes. Apr 7 - 4:07 PM

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Free agent RB Andre Brown is visiting the Texans Monday.

With Ben Tate now in Cleveland, the Texans have a hole behind Arian Foster. The uninspiring Brown is 27 and injury prone, but would still be an upgrade on in-house options Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes. Brown, who has drawn scant interest on the open market, would not be expensive.
Apr 7 - 9:47 AM

The Raiders are hosting free agent Andre Brown on Wednesday.

Nevermind a porous defense. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is going all-in on injury-plagued running backs in decline, first re-signing Darren McFadden and now targeting Brown to ostensibly form a "one-two punch" of sub-4.0 YPC backs. Brown, 27, has not drawn interest elsewhere during the free agency period.
Mar 12 - 12:41 PM

A source tells NFL Network that the Raiders have interest in free agent RB Andre Brown.

The Raiders brought back Darren McFadden Tuesday, have intriguing prospect Latavius Murray and can use Marcel Reece in a pinch. But that doesn't mean they're done at the running back spot. Brown would be inexpensive depth and is capable of carrying heavy workloads when called upon.
Mar 11 - 6:54 PM

GM Jerry Reese confirmed the Giants will be looking for running backs in the draft and free agency.

David Wilson (neck surgery) is tentatively expected to be ready for training camp, but Reese won't be taking any chances. "Obviously, we can't put all our eggs in that basket," he said. The easiest move will be to re-sign in-house free agent Andre Brown, who won't cost a ton of money as a 27-year-old injury-prone back.
Feb 24 - 9:04 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger puts impending free agent Andre Brown's chances of re-signing with the Giants at 75 percent.

Both Brown and the Giants have already expressed interest in striking up a new deal since the season came to a close. With David Wilson (neck) uncertain for the start of the 2014 season, the Giants are likely going to address the running back position in free agency and the draft. When healthy, Brown is capable of carrying a heavy load. He won't command much money.
Jan 10 - 9:57 AM

A source tells the Star-Ledger that the Giants have already expressed interest in re-signing impending free agent RB Andre Brown.

With David Wilson (neck) in doubt and virtually nothing behind him, bringing back Brown is a clear priority for GM Jerry Reese. The interest is mutual as Brown said he'll do the deal "tomorrow if you want." Brown bounced back well off his preseason broken leg, debuting in Week 10 and proceeding to rush 139 times for 492 yards (3.53 YPC) with three touchdowns. Something similar to the three-year, $10 million deal Shonn Greene got from the Titans last year would make sense for both sides.
Jan 2 - 10:01 AM

Andre Brown rushed 13 times for 11 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Brown lost a first-half fumble and was benched by hard-headed Tom Coughlin for roughly two quarters. It caps a disappointing end to a year that saw Brown break his leg in the preseason and battle back to start the final eight games. He did post two impressive 100-yard games, but finished with 139 carries for 492 yards (3.53 YPC) and three touchdowns to go with 20 catches for 103 yards. The entire Giants backfield is up in the air for 2014 as Brown is an unrestricted free agent and David Wilson (neck) is struggling to get cleared. We suspect Brown means more to the Giants than he will to other teams on the open market.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 06:36:00 PM

Andre Brown (concussion) is listed as probable for Week 17.

Brown will start against the Redskins. The 27-year-old has plenty on the line, as Brown is scheduled for unrestricted free agency in the spring.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 01:37:00 PM

Andre Brown (concussion) resumed practicing Thursday.

He was officially "full." It puts Brown on track to start Sunday's finale against the Redskins. Brown would be an RB2 against one of the league's softest defenses in a meaningless game.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 01:26:00 PM

Andre Brown has passed his concussion test.

Brown would have practiced on a limited basis if the Giants held a session on Wednesday. Barring a setback, he should be able to get fully cleared ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Redskins.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 03:26:00 PM

Andre Brown exited Sunday's Week 16 game on a cart after losing a fumble in overtime against the Lions, and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

The Giants were left with seventh-round rookie Michael Cox and FB John Conner in the backfield. Brown finished with 40 yards on 16 carries and two catches for 14 yards. Unlike the last two weeks, the Giants kept this game competitive and/or had a lead, allowing Brown to rack up touches. Unfortunately, Detroit's talented front seven dominated the line of scrimmage, preventing Brown from ripping off many substantial gains. A la David Wilson early in the year, Brown was repeatedly hit in the backfield by defenders. He also lost the crucial overtime fumble. Brown's status for Week 17 against the Redskins is uncertain.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:28:00 PM

Andre Brown managed 17 yards on 11 carries and four catches for nine yards in the Giants' Week 15 loss to Seattle.

The Giants had no run game because they not only fell behind big early, but their "offense" relentlessly turned the football over. Eli Manning was picked off five times and benched for Curtis Painter late in the fourth quarter. So Brown owners have no one to blame but Eli for his dud of a Week 15 box score. The Giants get another rough run-game matchup in Week 16 against Detroit.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:13:00 PM

Andre Brown rumbled for 81 yards on 16 carries and caught three balls for 15 yards in the Giants' Week 14 loss to San Diego.

Brown ran well with his opportunities -- he's one of the most reliable backs in football -- but the Chargers jumped out to an early lead and the G-Men couldn't ride him to 20-plus carries as they almost certainly would've liked to. Making fantasy owners ill is the fact that Brown had a third-quarter goal-line score vultured by Peyton Hillis. Brown will be more of a mid-range RB2 when the Giants face the Seahawks in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Andre Brown rushed 14 times for 35 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's Week 13 win over the Redskins.

He added three catches for 23 yards. Brown struggled to get anything going in the running game and averaged just 2.5 yards per attempt, but was highly effective in the red-zone. He got to the second level and exploded for a 23-yard run down the right sideline for his first touchdown and later converted on a goal-line carry from one-yard out in the fourth quarter. Brown is averaging 83.3 rushing yards and has three touchdowns in four games since returning from a broken leg. He'll remain locked in as a high-end RB2 going forward.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Fitzpatrick
2Case Keenum
RB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
3Dennis Johnson
4Jonathan Grimes
5Chad Spann
GLB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
3RB1Arian Foster
2Andre Brown
FB1Brad Smelley
2Toben Opurum
WR11Andre Johnson
2Keshawn Martin
3Mike Thomas
4Uzoma Nwachukwu
5Rico Richardson
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
3Alan Bonner
4Alec Lemon
5Andy Cruse
WR31DeVier Posey
TE1Garrett Graham
2Ryan Griffin
3Phillip Supernaw
4Zach Potter
K1Randy Bullock