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Ex-Texans end: 'Hard Knocks' helped me get Bucs job



For the past month, new Bucs defensive end Kourtnei Brown has had cameras all around him as a member of the Texans' football team, whose preseason was chronicled by HBO cameras for the popular behind-the-scenes show, "Hard Knocks."

Brown was featured prominently on the show, trying to make the team after being cut by five other NFL teams in the previous three years. His strong preseason -- three sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown -- wasn't enough to make the Texans, but he believes the exposure of being on the show helped him get on the Bucs' radar as they claimed him off waivers.

"I think it helped my case," said Brown, 27, who was one of five players claimed by the Bucs on Sunday. "You're playing in a game, making plays, not everybody gets to see it. When you're on (Hard Knocks) you get a lot more publicity than normal. ... When it comes on TV, that magnifies it."

Brown said he'll watched the show's final episode, which debuts Tuesday night and will have footage of him finding out that he was waived. Last week's show had players crying as they learned from coach Bill O'Brien they would not be staying with the team.

"I'm going to watch, just to see how they put it together, what they made it look like," he said.

The Bucs have limited depth at defensive end, with only four true ends on roster, and backup T.J. Fatinikun didn't practice Monday with a lingering shoulder injury. Tackles Henry Melton and Will Gholston will help outside, but after being cut by the 49ers, Redskins, Bills, Lions, Rams and Texans, he could be making his NFL debut Sunday.

"I'm going to bring whatever they need me to do -- special teams, and I'm trying to learn this defense as quick as possible to put myself in the best position when my number is called," he said.

[Last modified: Monday, September 7, 2015 2:47pm]


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