New Running Back Ronnie Brown Working to Make Roster, Impact
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Houston (CBS Houston)- A workout to start the week and a practice to start his career with the Texans. New running back Ronnie Brown made quite the impression today in training camp.
Brown looked fresh and ready to go. No signs of wear and tear from his nine season in the National Football League.
“I think I got a lot,” Brown said. “Going through two-a-days, we’ll see. As far as the season and health-wise, I feel pretty good.”
He did have a lot going today. He ran a few plays with the first team offense. He was catching the ball out of the back field. He rushed for a touchdown in a goal line situation. He even got in there right away and mixed it up with the linebackers in blocking drills.
“I’m sure I’ll be a little sore tomorrow,” Brown said “but that is a part of it. That is what you look forward to and go ahead and get it over with. Get the soreness in and out.”
He might be sore, but he might also be the team’s running back when the first team offense is on the field against the Falcons. Brown is listed with fellow new running back signing William Powell as the fourth back in the depth chart. He could be the team’s second running back though because Arian Foster has been missing practice and Alfred Blue left practice early. Again, he spent time with the first team offense, splitting the duties with Jonathan Grimes.
Brown has spent the last two years with the Chargers, totaling just 377 yards in his time there. He is thankful his career didn’t end after San Diego.
“I didn’t assume anything,” Brown said. “I just was looking forward to an opportunity and I wanted to continue working out and preparing for it so when the gig come, I try to make the best of the opportunity.”
Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien expects Brown to help the team’s situation at running back right away.
“Basically, again, it goes back to any time we have a chance to improve the football team,” O’Brien said “that’s what we’re going to do.”
He mentioned the chance to bring in Brown, as well as William Powell, gave them a chance to observe players who could factor into the final roster.
Brown is a veteran with plenty of miles to his name, and the Texans have just showed they won’t mess around on cutting a player or two. Brown says he isn’t worried about anything but making the most of his time in Houston.
“The only thing I control,” Brown said “is the opportunity I have that day. I got out, I prepare myself, I work hard, whatever happens, happens. Other things that I can’t control, I can’t worry about.”