HOUSTON – Ronnie Brown was hoping for another chance. Another chance with yet another team in the league which he loves being a part of.
Thankfully, the Texans gave him a call.
"It means a lot to me. Obviously, this is my passion," Brown said on Tuesday. "I love to do it and it feels good to be out here and be a part of team."
Brown is entering his 10th year in the NFL and on Tuesday suited up for his 4th team since being drafted back in 2005 by the Miami Dolphins. He played 6 years in Miami before going to Philadelphia in 2011 and then signing on with San Diego the past two seasons.
"I think you have to take it one year at a time, especially being in this situation, you know, going into my 10th season," Brown said. "Physically, I feel good, but you know at the same time in this game that can change pretty quick. You never know."
On Monday, the Texans released Andre Brown, Dennis Johnson and Tim Cornett. That allowed them to bring on Brown and also sign Houston-native William Powell to bolster the backfield.
With Arian Foster still out with an injury, the two new backs will share the reps with Jonathan Grimes and rookie Alfred Blue. There is definitely plenty to catch up on.
"Obviously, Arian (Foster) is the guy. This is his team," Brown said. "They lean a lot on him and the things that he do and the things that he's capable of as a running back. But besides that, I'm just coming in trying to be another guy that can help be a piece of the puzzle. Whatever I can do to help this team win, that is my goal."
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is anxious to see what Brown has to offer, especially in pass protection.
"He's a guy that I think is a good pass protector. I think when you watch him in the one-on-one drill today, I thought he did a good job already in pass protection," O'Brien said. "The deal with him now is learning our pass protections, which I think, in some ways, there's some carryover to what he did in Miami for a couple years there when there was a similar protection scheme at Miami."
"As far as the skill-set and some of the zone plays and the running schemes, I'm familiar with a lot of that stuff," Brown said. "Then the passing game, it is just the different calls but it is something that I've done. I've been in a few offenses, so luckily I've seen a lot of stuff and I think I'll be able to grasp that quickly."
Despite a lack of production stat wise, Brown has been able o stay healthy the past few seasons which is something the Texans desperately need at the running back position. Since 2010, Brown has been active in all but two games. That is probably why he still feels that he can offer a lot to a team like the Texans.
"It feels good being back on the field getting work," Brown said. "Obviously, a lot different than working out at home and trying to get in football shape and this Houston humidity, but it felt good to get back out and get moving."