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Texans could split up RB carries

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans running back Arian Foster has 55 carries already this season -- the highest total any running back has had since 2006.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien steadfastly maintains the team will give Foster as many carries as is necessary for the team to win, whether that's 10 carries a game or 35. On Monday he admitted the Texans will probably spread out carries among the rest of the Texans' running backs later in the season.

"Certainly when you look at one player getting a ton of carries, that’s something that you have to pay attention to as a staff," O'Brien said. "We do that. But also we do what’s necessary to win a game."

Fantasy Impact:

It's easy to say, but it's another thing for the Texans to do it. There's not a ton of experience behind Foster once the team released Andre Brown. Alfred Blue had a 11 carries and Jonathan Grimes had three, but this game became a blowout. Even Ronnie Brown had three carries. In Week 1, when the Texans were in a close game with Washington, Foster carried 27 times while Grimes and Blue had only one carry each. With an injury history like Foster's, it's probably a good idea to cut back a little on his workload to keep him healthy for the long haul.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:07pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

If Andre Brown is to contribute for an NFL team this season, it will have to be after midseason.

Brown, a free agent tailback released by Houston in August, has been suspended for the first eight regular season games of 2014, Howard Balzer of The Sports Xchange reported Thursday.

Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:06pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Going into the offseason program, Texans RB Jonathan Grimes was a long shot to make the team and was expected to be the fourth back at best behind Arian Foster, Andre Brown and rookie Alfred Blue. Grimes has developed into one of the team’s best surprises, impressing the new staff with his skills, work ethic and ability to pick up the new system. Brown was released, opening a spot for Grimes. He took advantage of Foster’s hamstring injury to start the first two preseason games and led the team in rushing with 81 yards on 19 carries (4.3 average). He has three catches for 25 yards (8.3 average). He’s improved as a pass protector. Grimes (5-10, 209) impressed the team as an undrafted rookie in 2012 and was placed on the practice squad but was signed by the Jets. He returned to the Texans in 2013 and saw some action near the end of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Grimes is currently slated to serve as Arian Foster's primary backup, though rookie Alfred Blue could make a push.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 9:09am

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Houston Texans have signed running backs Ronnie Brown and William Powell after cutting running back Andre Brown.

Brown has played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. He rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown last season in San Diego.

Powell has played for the Arizona Cardinals. He rushed for 217 yards and caught 19 passes for 132 yards in 2012. He was cut and claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles before failing his physical.

Fantasy Impact:

Arian Foster is expected to be the RB1 if he can get back on the field. But now behind him are Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue, followed by Brown and Powell. The winner of the RB2 job is key to know here because Foster's injury woes could end up creeping up again this season...

Andre Brown released by Texans

Monday, August 11, 2014, 8:58pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Houston Texans have made a bevy of moves in the backfield.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the team released running back Andre Brown, per a source informed of the move. Houston also cut runners Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett, per John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.

The moves clear a path for new talent after the Texans worked out journeymen Brian Leonard, Ronnie Brown and William Powell earlier on Monday, per McClain.

Until they add bodies, the team's less-than-titanic depth chart features Arian Foster ahead of Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not really a surprise. Brown was buried on the team's depth chart and didn't play in the team's opening game - a blowout loss to the Cardinals. He was poised to be a valuable addition as a strong backup to often-injured Foster after two pretty good years with the Giants.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Texans turned to a group of young backs Saturday night, but looked at some old ones Monday.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans worked out three running backs Monday: Ronnie Brown, Brian Leonard and William Powell.

The Chargers let Brown walk as a free agent this offseason, and the 32-year-old also worked for the Patriots earlier this offseason.

The 30-year-old Leonard was solid last year for the Buccaneers, and has shown to be a veratile run-pass player. Powell has spent time with the Cardinals and Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans have been without Arian Foster (hamstring), and they didn’t give free agent acquisition Andre Brown much work in the preseason opener, going with Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson.

RB Andre Brown buried on Texans depth chart

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

When the Texans signed running back Andre Brown as a free agent, it seemed they were going to have him take over for Ben Tate as the primary backup to Arian Foster during the 2014 season.

Things haven’t played out that way, though. Brown dressed for Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals, but didn’t see a snap even though Arian Foster was held out of the game. Coach Bill O’Brien said the team planned to play Brown after Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Dennis Johnson, but never got the chance because they only managed to run 48 offensive plays.

On Monday, O’Brien went a little further. He said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, that Brown is battling but in a “tough spot” on the Texans’ roster. Smith’s colleague John McClain reports Brown said “all the right things” in response to questions about his status.

Fantasy Impact:

Grimes started ahead of Blue on Saturday and O’Brien indicated that the depth chart is shaping up that way for now. There’s hope that Foster will be back at practice this week and getting him up to speed may not leave Brown with many chances to climb his way back up the pecking order, the story said. With Foster already banged up and missing much of camp, his fantasy handcuff will be a popular pickup, but so far it appears that's not going to be Brown.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:05am

HoustonTexans.com - [Full Article]

The Texans running backs were the lone bright spot on offense, according to head coach Bill O’Brien.

Houston fell 32-0 in the 2014 preseason opener at Arizona on Saturday night. Despite not finding the red zone, the running backs combined for 90 rushing yards, averaging 5.3 yards per play.

Andre Brown was out there," O'Brien said. "We went with Jonathan Grimes because we didn’t get a lot of plays in the first half. We stuck with him and then we wanted to go to [Alfred] Blue. Then it was Dennis Johnson, and then basically because we couldn’t run that many plays offensively, we didn’t get those guys into the game.”

Grimes led the backs with 10 carries for 39 yards and played for most of the first half.

"Grimes had a decent night,” O’Brien said. “Grimes is a smart guy. He’s a really good teammate and he’s doing a good job. He came back. He had a little hamstring [injury] when he first got back and since he’s been off the shelf, he’s had a good camp.”

Rookie Alfred Blue had five carries for 30 yards, including a 14-yard gain on his first career carry in the second quarter. Blue alsol caught two passes for 14 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

This is especially encouraging since Arian Foster can't seem to get on the field due to a hamstring injury. Those who own Foster already, or are going to take a chance on him, it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on the rest of the Texans backs. Andre Brown should emerge as the team's RB2.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 11:38am

Houston Texans - [Full Article]

John Harris, analyst of the Houston Texans, on the team's backup running backs: Andre Brown and Alfred Blue got a ton of reps with Arian Foster out with a "minor" issue. Neither one of them is Foster, but then again, who is? Brown, though, can pound and after absorbing a few hits, Blue ran hard, especially down during the goal line drill. He stuck up into the line a couple of times, hard, only to run into a defensive brick wall. More on the goal line drill in a second.

I was, and still am, a big fan of Brown. I wanted the Texans to draft him when he was coming out of NC State and he's a lot like I remembered him. Nagging injuries throughout his career have slowed his development a bit but that wasn't evident one bit today. The vet ran the ball hard all day long and continued to catch it well too.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not yet clear who is the best handcuff for Foster, but it appears that Brown is still running ahead of Blue. Both players have been praised at camp.

Texans RB Arian Foster leaves practice early

Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:19am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Texans played much of last season without running back Arian Foster because of a back injury, making life more difficult for their offense and creating some worry when Foster had to leave Sunday’s practice early.

The good news is that the reason for his departure, which came with the assistance of a cart, didn’t seem to have anything to do with his back. He was getting his legs stretched out on the sideline before riding the cart to the trainer’s room and the Texans didn’t express much concern about his status.

Whatever the issue — Foster dealt with hamstring troubles in training camp last year — it is enough to keep the back off the practice field during Monday’s first padded practice of camp as well. It may just be precautionary as the Texans try to keep a small problem from blossoming, but it will certainly be something to watch given Foster’s recent injury history.

Fantasy Impact:

Andre Brown will likely see a few more reps with Foster out of the lineup.

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:26am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans beat writer Tania Ganguli...

Who will back up Arian Foster? The Texans currently have Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes returning from last year's squad, plus free-agency pickup Andre Brown and draft pick Alfred Blue. I think this will come down to Brown and Blue. Brown has an edge on starting experience. Blue has an edge on youth and lack of mileage. Evaluating the status of the running game requires seeing the backs and the linemen blocking for them in pads.

Fantasy Impact:

Our bet is that it will be Brown, who showed he was very capable while with the Giants. Anyone who drafts Foster should try to get his backup, whoever it is. We'll know more as the summer wears on.

Teammates say Arian Foster feeling great

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster now is apparently feeling great. His media boycott has lasted throughout organized team activities and both of the Texans' minicamps, so we haven't heard directly from him, but his teammates say that's what he's saying.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien plans to use him in diverse ways, and during a (likely paid) appearance at a bowling alley, Foster told reporters he was excited about that.

You have to wonder, though, is this going to last?

Fantasy Impact:

Talk is RBs tend to start heading downhill at age 27, which is what Foster is until he turns 28 in August. This decline can manifest itself in a lot of ways - sometimes it's pure wear and tear, sometimes it's the result of the body's declining ability to recover from injuries, the story points out. Either way, Foster is a high-risk, high-reward selection this year for fantasy owners. Andre Brown, the former Giant, will back him up and is probably a good add if you end up with Foster. We rank Foster 11th among our RBs heading into drafts.

Arian Foster good fit for new system

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:18am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

New coach Bill O’Brien’s offense could have a potent weapon out of the backfield when it’s time to move the ball through the air.

“He’s got really good hand-eye coordination,” O’Brien told reporters on Tuesday regarding tailback Arian Foster. “He’s got good hands. He’s an instinctive player. He has a good idea about how to get open. He enjoys being involved in the passing game, both in protection bases and obviously on routes. He’s had a good OTA period for us.”

That meshes with the optimism Foster already has expressed regarding an offense that involves the running backs in the passing game. O’Brien made it clear that, when looking for guys on the roster who fit his system, the first-year coach needed to look no farther than Foster.

Fantasy Impact:

Foster's health is obviously a concern. He has missed 11 games in the last three years, but did play a full season in 2012 and no longer has Ben Tate to worry about. After finishing in the top 2 in fantasy points per game from 2010 to 2012, he was #19 in that category in 2013. There is a new regime in Houston, so Foster's usage is a bit up in the air. Still, he has been one of the most productive RBs in the league when healthy and is a candidate for a bounceback season, especially if he's heavily involved in the passing game. As for his backup, Andre Brown, it appears that he won't be very involved on third down.

Beat: Expect more catches, fewer TDs for Arian Foster

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:01am

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans beat writer Stephanie Stradley on how RB Arian Foster fits into the new offense: "Foster, I think, could fit in most systems. He blocks, has good vision, can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's mentioned that he likes the offense because he is going to be doing more pass catching. I am not sure that Foster will have the TD numbers that he had in the previous scheme just because the old OC had such a strong preference for the running TD if it could be done."

Fantasy Impact:

Foster won't have to contend with Ben Tate, but the Texans signed Andre Brown to be his backup and he has a new offense to learn. At 27, Foster should have plenty of tread left on his tires, though the injuries seem to be piling up. Through the first six weeks he was the #7 RB while averaging 13.9 fantasy points. He should be a solid low-end RB1 available around the 1/2 turn, though injuries will continue to be a concern.

O'Brien: Arian Foster is cleared to play, looks 'good'

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:29pm

Houston Chronicle - [Full Article]

Texans RB Arian Foster practiced for the first time since his 2013 season ended prematurely because of a back injury that required surgery.

“He’s cleared,” new HC Bill O’Brien said of Foster, who missed eight games a year ago. “He looked good. He looked fine.”

Fantasy Impact:

Foster won't have to contend with Ben Tate, but the Texans signed Andre Brown to be his backup and he has a new offense to learn. At 27, Foster should have plenty of tread left on his tires, though the injuries seem to be piling up. Through the first six weeks he was the #7 RB while averaging 13.9 fantasy points. He should be a solid low-end RB1 available around the 1/2 turn, though injuries will continue to be a concern.