Pharaoh Brown

Cleveland Browns
Tight End #81
Cleveland Browns
Tight End #81

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It's official

Brown (hip/shoulder) officially signed with the Browns on Wednesday, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown was expected to sign with Cleveland if he was able to pass his physical, which was reported earlier Wednesday by Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Despite dealing with hip and shoulder injuries, the Browns were comfortable enough with what they saw to officially bring him on board. With David Njoku (knee) and Harrison Bryant (illness) both questionable for Sunday against the Chargers, it's feasible Brown could step into some kind of role in Week 5 if he can prove he's healthy enough to suit up.

Oct 5, 2022 2:55 PM EST

Expected to sign with Cleveland

The Browns are expected to sign Brown (hip/shoulder) on Wednesday if he passes his physical, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The Texans released Brown on Tuesday after he was inactive for Week 4 due to hip and shoulder injuries. The move was a surprise, given he signed a one-year, $3 million deal in March and started each of the team's first three games, catching seven of 10 targets for 72 yards. If he passes his physical, the undrafted tight end will rejoin the Browns, who he caught two passes with across nine appearances during the 2019 campaign.

Oct 5, 2022 9:21 AM EST

Cut loose by Houston

The Texans informed Brown (hip/shoulder) of his release Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Houston's decision to cut ties with Brown comes as a surprise, given that he was signed to a one-year, $3 million guaranteed deal in March and had started in each of the Texans' first three games. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound tight end was valued mostly as a blocker but had contributed seven receptions for 72 yards on 10 targets across his 134 offensive snaps on the season. He was inactive for the Texans' Week 4 game due to hip and shoulder injuries, but the Texans hadn't provided any indication that either issue was expected to result in a long-term absence. In any event, Brown's release should free up more snaps at the position for the likes of Brevin Jordan (ankle) and O.J. Howard, with Jordan Akins a candidate to be signed from the practice squad to serve as a third option at tight end.

Oct 4, 2022 7:51 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Brown (hip/shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.

Analysis: With Brown unavailable Sunday, Jordan Akins and O.J. Howard are in line to head Houston's Week 4 tight end corps, with Mason Schreck in reserve. While neither Akins or Howard are high-percentage fantasy plays, Akins managed to haul in three of his four targets for 31 yards and a TD last weekend against the Bears, so he profiles as an option for those scrambling for short-term TE help.

Oct 2, 2022 8:46 AM EST

Questionable for Week 4

Brown (hip/shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.

Analysis: For a second week in a row, Brown's status is in limbo ahead of kickoff, but he was able to log full practices Wednesday and Thursday before being a limited participant Friday. With Brevin Jordan (ankle) sidelined again, Brown is in line to handle the majority share of TE reps for the Texans this weekend, assuming he's active. Through three games this season, Brown has gathered in seven of 10 targets for 72 yards on 73.2 percent of the offensive snaps.

Sep 30, 2022 1:46 PM EST

No restrictions Week 3

Brown caught three of four targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Chicago in Week 3.

Analysis: Brown was hobbled by a shoulder injury during the practice week but was able to play a season-high 48 snaps while getting use as a target. Houston's leading tight end has seven catches on 10 targets for 72 yards through three contests.

Sep 26, 2022 6:19 AM EST

Suiting up in Chicago

Brown (shoulder) is active Week 3 against the Bears.

Analysis: After seeing five targets a week ago, Brown again has an opportunity to make a contribution to the passing game from the tight end position, along with O.J. Howard. Brevin Jordan (ankle) has been ruled out for the matchup, so the Texans did call up Jordan Akins from the practice squad to serve as a depth option.

Sep 25, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Practices fully, listed as questionable

Brown (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears after returning to a full practice Friday.

Analysis: With Brevin Jordan ruled out, look for Brown, if active, and O.J. Howard to lead the Texans' Week 3 tight end corps, with Jordan Akins a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad ahead of Sunday's contest. In Houston's loss to the Broncos last weekend, Brown caught three of his five targets for 24 yards, while logging 45 of a possible 63 snaps on offense.

Sep 23, 2022 2:37 PM EST

On practice field Friday

Brown (shoulder) is dressed for practice Friday, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Brown's MRI revealed that he's dealing with an aggravation of scar tissue from a previous injury, so he's dodged a worst-case scenario. With Brevin Jordan (ankle) trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's game against the Bears, Brown stands to handle increased reps along with O.J. Howard, if he's able to suit up.

Sep 23, 2022 6:29 AM EST

Dealing with shoulder injury

Brown (shoulder) did not practice Thursday.

Analysis: Brown was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday, so that he was listed as a non-participant rather than a limited participant Thursday might indicate Brown developed the shoulder injury following Wednesday's practice. With no diagnosis or other clarity offered by Houston in the meantime, a wide range of outcomes are possible for Brown. If he returns to practice Friday he should have a good shot of playing against Chicago on Sunday, but if he misses Friday's practice then the Texans might need O.J. Howard to step up into a three-down role since fellow tight end Brevin Jordan (ankle) is also looking iffy for Sunday.

Sep 22, 2022 1:45 PM EST

Five targets in loss

Brown caught three of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 16-9 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Brown was more involved in the offense after getting just one target Week 1; however, none of the throws came on Texans' lone red-zone opportunity. Quarterback Davis Mills, who played well in Week 1, was not sharp in Denver. He was out of synch with wideouts, which may be why the tight end saw increased targets. Houston's tight ends went from five targets in Week 1 to 10 in Week 2.

Sep 19, 2022 7:15 AM EST

Leads TEs in snaps

Brown caught his lone target for 17 yards in Sunday's 20-20 tie with the Colts in Week 1.

Analysis: Brown lead Houston's tight ends with 46 snaps but the clear winner of the room was O.J. Howard, who caught two touchdown passes in just 12 snaps. Brown is considered the team's best blocking tight end and should continue to lead in snaps, but when it gets close to the goal line, Howard or Brevin Jordan (42 snaps) could become the primary targets.

Sep 12, 2022 6:26 AM EST

Absent from injury report

Brown (hamstring) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Brown missed the final two preseason games due to a hamstring injury but appears to be full go ahead of Week 1. The fifth-year tight end has caught 37 of 50 targets for 334 yards and two scores across his first two seasons in Houston and will likely compete with newcomer OJ Howard for snaps behind expected starter Brevin Jordan, who finished his rookie campaign last year with 20 catches for 178 yards and three scores across nine appearances.

Sep 7, 2022 2:04 PM EST

Uncertain for Week 1

Brown (hamstring) is uncertain for Week 1 against the Colts, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Brown missed the final two preseason games due to the injury but has another week-plus to get ready for the season opener Sept. 11. His injury, plus Teegan Quitoriano's knee injury that landed him on the injured list, leaves the status of the tight end position unclear heading into Week 1. The Texans signed O.J. Howard on Thursday, and he could step into Brown's role as a traditional tight end. Howard's frame (6-foot-6, 251 pounds) mirrors that of Brown (6-foot-6, 258). Brevin Jordan (6-foot-3, 245) is more often used as a receiver.

Sep 2, 2022 5:40 AM EST

Won't play preseason finale

Brown (hamstring) will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the 49ers,Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Brown has been dealing with a hamstring injury since mid-August and was spotted on the practice field earlier in the week. However, the team will opt to keep him out of game action in the hopes that he will be fully healthy in time for Houston's first regular season game against the Colts. Brown figures to serve as the second tight end behind Brevin Jordan.

Aug 25, 2022 4:52 PM EST

Back on field Monday

Brown (hamstring) participated during the Texans' practice Monday, Deepi Sidhu of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Brown has been sidelined since missing practice last Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, though this injury apparently proved minor given his return less than a week later. The 6-foot-6 tight end, who recorded a career-high 23 catches for 171 yards over 15 games during his second season with Houston last year, figures to serve an increased role while playing behind presumptive starter Brevin Jordan in 2022.

Aug 22, 2022 5:07 PM EST

Dealing with minor hamstring injury

Brown didn't practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, Aaron Wilson of reports.

Analysis: Wilson relays that the team doesn't considered the injury a long-term issue, but it's possible the Texans play it safe and sideline their primary backup tight end for Friday's preseason game against the Rams. Brown caught 23 passes for 171 yards across 572 offensive snaps last year, but he lost 18 pounds this offseason and is looking to breakout in his third season with Houston.

Aug 17, 2022 7:41 AM EST

Sheds pounds

Brown shed 18 pounds during the offseason, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Brown said he was motivated to alter his diet after watching film of himself, noting that he "wasn't athletic." The new, trimmer Brown has not gone unnoticed by head coach Lovie Smith. "He's listed as a tight end, but he can play in line, he can move out," Smith said. "It's a tough match-up because he has big wide receiver skills. Just another weapon that we have to be able to use." At 6-foot-6, a quicker Brown could be a matchup nightmare for defender. Working on a one-year contract, Brown is looking for a big payday and multiple years. To do that, a tight end needs to catch a lot of balls, and he feels his new look puts him in a better position to do that.

Aug 8, 2022 5:23 AM EST

Considered starter by coach

Houston head coach Lovie Smith referred to Brown as "our starting tight end" during Tuesday's post-practice news conference

Analysis: Smith feels Brown is the most complete tight end on the team when one considers blocking, but the coach also talked about his catching skills and said he'll have a "big role." That may be the case for a team expecting to run the ball often, but once there are passing situations, expect Brevin Jordan to be the lead target at the position.

Aug 3, 2022 5:13 AM EST

Remaining with Texans

The Texans have agreed to a one-year deal with Brown, Aaron Wilson of 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

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