The Texans have agreed to a one-year deal with Brown, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: The report indicates that the 27-year-old's deal to remain with the team includes $3 million fully guaranteed and could reach up to $4 million with incentives. Brown, who finished last season with 23 catches on 34 targets for 171 yards in 15 games, heads into the 2022 campaign with modest fantasy upside in the context of working in a tight end corps that also includes 2021 fifth-rounder Brevin Jordan.
Mar 15, 2022 1:12 PM EST
Brown was not targeted in Week 18's 28-25 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Brown earned the most playing time of Houston's tight ends, but it never translated into any worth for fantasy teams. He finished with 23 catches on 34 targets for 171 yards and zero touchdowns. Part of that was due to the shaky nature of the offense, but Brown has been nothing more than a blocking tight end. He becomes an unrestricted free agent, and the rebuilding Texans could probably find a less expensive replacement.
Jan 13, 2022 7:12 PM EST
Brown caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to San Francisco.
Analysis: Brown and rookie Brevin Jordan accounted for the two balls thrown to tight ends during the games. This was the eighth time in 14 games that Brown's finished with fewer than 10 yards.
Jan 3, 2022 7:20 AM EST
Brown caught two of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Brown, as his customary, led Houston's tight ends in snaps but had little to show for it. Since a five-target/four-catch/67-yard performance in Week 1, Brown has compiled just 95 yards over the next 12 contests.
Dec 27, 2021 8:53 AM EST
Brown caught two of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Brown was once again the Texans' leading tight end in snaps with 45, but for the 13th time in 13 gams he did not reach the end zone. After accounting for 67 yards in the season-opening win over the Jaguars, Brown has averaged just 7.7 YPG over 11 games.
Dec 20, 2021 4:18 AM EST
Brown (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
Analysis: The non-COVID illness that kept Brown from practicing Thursday was evidently minor, as he returned to full participation Friday, paving the way for Brown to suit up come Sunday. He plays the majority of snaps at tight end for the Texans, but Brown's in there for his blocking skills and is rarely thrown to.
Dec 17, 2021 1:48 PM EST
Brown (illness) was absent from the Texans' practice Thursday.
Analysis: Brown practiced Wednesday before popping up on the injury report Thursday as a non-participant, putting his availability for Sunday's game against the Jaguars in question. The 27-year-old led all tight ends in snaps last week versus the Seahawks with 52, but if he can't go in Week 15, Antony Auclair and Brevin Jordan would likely both play larger roles at the position.
Dec 16, 2021 3:21 PM EST
Brown was not targeted in Sunday's 33-13 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Brown was once again Houston's playing time leader at tight end with 52 snaps, more than Antony Auclair (22) and Brevin Jordan (29) combined, but it did not translate into meaningful fantasy production. The Texans rolled with five tight ends for the game, including former regular Jordan Akins and converted quarterback Jeff Driskel, which makes it hard to pinpoint any single option.
Dec 13, 2021 5:12 AM EST
Brown caught four of five targets for 23 yards but lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Brown led the Texans in receptions and trailed only Brandin Cooks in targets and yards, but he coughed the ball up following a first-quarter catch. Even though he matched his season high in grabs, his miscue Sunday damaged his overall performance. He'll strive to clean his play up next weekend versus the Seahawks.
Dec 5, 2021 2:05 PM EST
Brown failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Brown remains Houston's top tight end because of his run-blocking skills, but he's taken a back seat to rookie Brevin Jordan as a receiver. Jordan caught three passes and a touchdown while playing an equal number of snaps (34) as Brown. The rookie is part of Houston's future, the 27-year-old Brown plays out his one-year deal.
Nov 29, 2021 5:45 AM EST
Brown caught two of four targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 22-13 win over Tennessee.
Analysis: Brown missed the previous two games with a thigh injury but was able to get back on the field after Houston's bye in Week 10. His return led to the Texans making fellow veteran Jordan Akins inactive, a sign the organization has pivoted toward the future. Brown, if healthy, should be safe to play the rest of the season, because he's a better blocker than Akins, and developing a running identity has been head coach David Culley's goal all season.
Nov 22, 2021 5:16 AM EST
Brown (thigh) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Analysis: After upgrading to full participation in practice Friday, Brown was cleared for a return to the lineup following a two-game, three-week absence on account of the thigh injury. Before being sidelined, Brown had served as the Texans' top tight end, playing more than half of the team's offensive snaps in each of his seven appearances. During that stretch, Brown wasn't much of a contributor in the passing game, cobbling together a 12-114-0 receiving line on 18 targets.
Nov 19, 2021 3:44 PM EST
Brown (thigh) was listed as a limited participant for the Texans' practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Brown has missed the Texan's last two games as he's been dealing with a thigh injury he suffered before Week 8. The tight end will look to make his return to the field in Week 11 against the Titans on Sunday.
Nov 17, 2021 6:06 PM EST
Brown (thigh) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Miami.
Analysis: Brown will miss a second consecutive game due to the thigh injury, and he was unable to practice in any capacity throughout the week. Jordan Akins and rookie Brevin Jordan, who found the end zone in his NFL debut last week, will continue to split the workload at tight end with Brown sidelined.
Nov 5, 2021 1:31 PM EST
Brown (thing) did not participate in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Brown missed the Texans' Week 8 game against the Rams after getting injured in practice. Brown will hope to hit the practice field Thursday, but if he can't his Week 9 status against the Dolphins will definitely be in Jeopardy.
Nov 3, 2021 2:26 PM EST
Brown (thigh) may not play Week 9 against the Dolphins, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Brown sat out Week 8's loss to the Rams after sustaining an injury during the practice week leading up to the game. The injury allowed the Texans to get a look at rookie tight end Brevin Jordan, who made his NFL debut and scored a touchdown.
Nov 2, 2021 6:01 AM EST
Brown (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: Brown appears to have picked up the thigh injury during the week of practice; he wasn't included on the Texans' initial Week 8 report before he was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's session and a non-participant Friday. Though he's only been a tertiary option in the Texans' passing attack, Brown's absence will open up more reps at tight end for Jordan Akins, who profiles as more of a receiving threat than the blocking-oriented Brown.
Oct 31, 2021 8:46 AM EST
Brown (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams after failing to practice Friday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Brown's trending in the wrong direction, as he failed to practice Friday after being limited Thursday. If the burly tight end can't go come game day, Jordan Akins would likely have a near-monopoly on snaps at tight end, though neither option has been effective as a pass-catcher in their current timeshare.
Oct 29, 2021 1:49 PM EST
Brown (thigh) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Brown apparently suffered the injury during practice, as he was a full participant without an injury designation Wednesday. He has hauled in multiple passes each of the last three weeks but has not surpassed 22 receiving yards in any game during that stretch.
Oct 28, 2021 5:16 PM EST
Brown caught three of three targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-5 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Since catching four passes on five targets for 67 yards in a Week 1 win over Jacksonville, Brown has eight catches for 47 yards and zero targets in the red zone over the last six games. During that stretch, the Texans have just seven red-zone appearances, the area where tight ends typically accrue their most fantasy value. His main competition at tight end, Jordan Akins, caught both of his targets for 13 yards.
Oct 25, 2021 6:20 AM EST
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