Anthony Gonzalez was placed on the injured reserve list, and replaced on the active roster by Andre Brown, a second year running back out of North Carolina State. With Joseph Addai and Mike Hart on the injury report (both missing all three practices this week) and Donald Brown banged up it could be Javarris James and Andre Brown getting the bulk of the carries today. With that in mind I thought I would do a quick post on Andre to let everyone know a little bit about him.
Brown was a 4-star running back coming out of high school when he decided to go to North Carolina State for his college career. He was the leading rusher for the Wolfpack in his freshman year and never looked back. During his four years there he totaled up 2539 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on just 523 attempts. He also had 70 receptions for 631 yards and two TDs. Having a career rushing average of 4.9 yards per carry coming out of college he was considered one of the top five backs in the 2009 NFL Draft.
In my final mock draft that year I actually had the Colts drafting him in the second round (taking Ziggy Hood in the first rather than Donald Brown) and when I live-blogged tha draft, I expressed how great of a pick it was for the Giants to get Andre Brown in the fourth round. NFL.com echoed that praise with their draft analysis, “Brown is a steal at this point in the draft. The Giants do a good job with picking their players. He really made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl and flashed outstanding skills. He’s got receiving talent and gives the Giants a great replacement for Derrick Ward.”
I was clearly thought highly of him then and wanted him to be a Colt and I’m equally excited to see him in a Speed Blue uniform now. I don’t know how many opportunities he’ll get today, but he’s our biggest back (6’0 – 224) and could see the field in short-yardage situations. NFL.com also said that he is a “tall and thick in upper and lower bodies. Strong straight-ahead runner. Nimble enough to sidestep and find a running lane. Lowers his pads to run over tacklers. Will keep his legs churning in short-yardage situations and carry linebackers and safeties for a few yards. Able to stand up to blitzing linebackers. Productive receiver who is a mismatch against safeties in the open field.”
If he can pick up the blitz and is a good receiver out of the backfield then I see him as a perfect fit for the Colts. He was also impressive at the NFL combine, being listed as a top performer in nearly every event:
- 40 Yard Dash : 4.49 seconds
- Bench Press : 24.0 reps
- Vertical Jump : 37.0 inches
- Broad Jump : 115.0 inches
- 3 Cone Drill : 7.35 seconds
- 20 Yard Shuttle : 4.33 seconds
Many site’s that did a draft profile on Brown also mentioned that he is a solid option as a kick returner. CBS Sports did the most thorough profiling of him, and they mentioned his great work ethic, “Brown is a hard worker and one look at his muscular body is evidence that he is a willing participant in the training room. He will do more than what the coaches ask and likes his silent leader by example role. He accepted his role of splitting time with other running backs, thanks to his team-first attitude. He’s a good worker in the weight room, but also excels at applying himself on the playing field.”