Notes: Brown's place; camp Day 13 observations

Notes: Brown's place; camp Day 13 observations
August 11, 2014, 2:30 pm
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When Andre Brown was signed this offseason, he was expected to give the Texans a veteran backup behind Arian Foster.

And Brown is still behind Foster. He’s just way, way behind.

On Saturday, in the team’s first preseason game (with Foster out), Jonathan Grimes started, Alfred Blue relieved him and Dennis Johnson got a few carries too. Brown stayed on the sideline.

“You know, it is what it is,” the 27-year-old veteran said. “I guess we’ll figure out just like coach answered it.”

Head coach Bill O’Brien, when asked about Brown, cited the small number of offensive plays the Texans ran. O’Brien said the team had it mapped out that the rotation would go Grimes, Blue, Johnson, which seems to mean Brown is, at best, the fifth-string running back.

“Take it one day at a time and whatever happens, happens,” Brown said. “I’m going to go out here and continue to get better, continue to be out here supporting my team and being a great teammate. And that’s all I can control and that’s what it’s going to be.”

Brown was a fourth-round pick in 2009. Last season, he played and started eight games for the Giants. He ran 139 times for 492 yards and three touchdowns. In the last two seasons, he has 11 rushing touchdowns.

Is it important for him to get into these preseason games?

“Whatever happens, happens, man,” Brown said. “I’m not even going to sit here and stress about anything. When they throw me out there, I’ll show what I’m capable of doing and that’s it.”

A good practice?
The Texans were demolished on Saturday night and O’Brien brought the team into a meeting at 8 a.m. on Monday to go over “the good, the bad and the ugly.”

Then, they went to work on the practice field.

Despite the overall sloppy appearance of Monday’s mostly situational practice, O’Brien said he saw everything he wanted to on the field.

“I believe we got better today. The guys came out. We had a good meeting. Showed them like I told you guys the good and the not so good,” O’Brien said. “I believe we came out and worked hard at trying to crack some of the mistakes and getting better at some of the things we’re doing well. They were attentive and it wasn’t always pretty, like practice usually is. Usually, practice isn’t perfect. But you’re striving for that perfection. We’ll improve.”

The Texans were in shells and shorts on Monday and didn’t do a ton of team drills and even when they did, it was situational stuff. So – sad news – no 10 observations today but we’ll throw some below to give you your fix:

- O’Brien said he was happy with the practice but the first-team offense looked sloppy to me and the media members with whom I spoke on Monday. They looked about as inept as they did during the game.

- Alex Kupper, who struggled in the game, struggled more at practice. Xavier Su’a-Filo seems ready to take over first-team responsibilities, at least while Brandon Brooks is out.

- Since it was a closed practice, we can’t tell you exactly which situations the team worked on but know that they’re preparing for many very specific scenarios.

The following are extremely stupid observations. We apologize in advance:

- O’Brien’s iPod played bagpipe music on Monday.

- Brandon Browner has always had the sides of his head trimmed short but now he’s gone full mohawk.

- O’Brien’s phone rang during his press conference and his ringtone is the “Monday Night Football” theme music.

Quote of the Day: “I think you guys are asking me for to like give you kind of a depth chart and that is not going to happen. Watt is a starter. I can tell you that.” – O’Brien

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