Brown shed 18 pounds during the offseason, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brown said he was motivated to alter his diet after watching film of himself, noting that he was slow and "wasn't athletic." The 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 matchup 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 defenders, and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has lined him up against cornerbacks in camp. Working on a one-year contract, Brown acknowledged he's looking for a big payday and multiple years. "I'm trying to get a David Njoku deal after this year," Brown said. To do that, a tight end needs to catch a lot of balls, and Brown feels his new look puts him in a better position to do that. Brevin Jordan is considered the upside fantasy play at tight end for Houston, but Brown should get ample playing time.
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The Texans informed Brown (hip/shoulder) of his release Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Akins caught two of two targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers.
Howard caught two of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers in Week 4.
Burkhead didn't get any rushing attempts, but he caught all five of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers.
Mills completed 26 of 35 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers.
Collins caught three of five targets for 82 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers.
Cooks caught all seven of his targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers.
Pierce rushed 14 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Chargers. He also caught all six of his targets for eight yards.
Johnson is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Brown (hip/shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chargers.