RB Aaron Brown - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 196||Born: 10-10-1985||College: T.C.U.||Drafted: Round 6, pick|
2011 Week 14 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Brown was in the game to give Maurice Morris a breather just before the end of the third quarter. He caught a short dump pass into the flat, and had a nice nine yard catch and run. On the next play, he took a handoff up the gut and was stuffed by the Viking defense. He left the game and did not return after that.
2010 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Brown saw brief time with three carries which he turned in 13 yards. At this point, Brown is solely being used to help Jahvid Best take a breather.
2010 Week 12 vs NE (13 / 36 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
With Jahvid Best (turf toe) sidelined and Maurice Morris in as the starter, Brown was promoted up the pecking order in Week 12 to the second option for the Lions at tailback. Brown looked good at times as a runner with decent speed, but he looks to thin to take a pounding between the tackles and he made next to no progress after initial contact. He did add four catches for 29 yards as Detroit tried to get him the ball in open space, but Brown only has limited upside in PPR leagues. Fantasy owners in desperate need for running back help may add him in case Morris gets injured, but right now he has limited upside.
2009 Week 2 vs MIN (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The rookie from Texas Christian had a big impact on special teams and the primary kick returner for the Lions. He averaged 16 yards per return, and could easily have broken a long run if the Lions had better protection. He came into the game as a change of pace back in the 2nd and 4th quarters and had nice runs on delays and draw plays. He broke a long run late in the second quarter but it was called back because of a holding penalty. He was also the target of a few short passes from Stafford later in the game. He is clearly the change of pace back for the Lions.
2009 Week 3 vs WAS (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Brown saw limited action in the second half when Kevin Smith was on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. He had just five carries and although two of them were solid gains, he was stuffed for negative losses on the other three resulting in just six total yards for the game. He was more effective on special teams, but did not have any long runbacks.
2009 Week 4 vs CHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Rookie RB Aaron Brown had one catch in the opening quarter of Week 4, but for the most part he was solely used as a kick returner against Chicago. With Kevin Smith healthy and Maurice Morris ahead of him on the depth chart, Brown has no fantasy value.
2009 Week 6 vs GB (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie had a chance to showcase his speed early on rushing for 14 yards on a reverse play. He was stopped for a 1 yard loss on this other run later in the game in mop up duty. At this point it would be fair to say that Detroit could benefit by getting Brown more involved week to week as a change of pace back.
2009 Week 8 vs STL (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Brown ran hard when he had the ball and was an excellent receiving option out of the backfield as well. With Calvin Johnson inactive and Kevin Smith limited due to injuries, Brown saw additional playing time one the offensive side of the ball. They Lions like to move him around, starting him in the backfield and swing him out for a quick screen or slant. They like to pitch the ball to him as well to get him to the outside where his speed and quickness offset the straight-ahead running styles of Maurice Morris and Smith.
2009 Week 9 vs SEA (4 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown is a special player who looks like a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball. He's primarily used on special teams, but the Lions also try to get him the ball on end-arounds and out in the flat where his speed can cause problems for opposing defenses. With Maurice Morris and Kevin Smith looking more like RBBC, Brown's opportunities are pretty limited. However, he is worth keeping an eye on if either Smith or Morris go down to injury.
2009 Week 11 vs CLE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)
Brown didn't see any carries, but took a bubble screen into the end zone untouched early in the game.
2009 Week 14 vs BAL (1 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Brown had just one carry in Week 14, a 12-yard gain in the first quarter on a play that started near midfield. Brown will get some interest this week on waiver wires as many are wondering how the Lions will address the likely loss of Kevin Smith as their starting tailback. Maurice Morris filled in with Smith out, but now that there is the potential to give other running backs reps in practice, Brown may see more chances on offense.
2009 Week 15 vs ARI (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown had a nice run on a quick throw, but he was barely used despite Kevin Smith's absence.
2009 Week 17 vs CHI (3 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Aaron Brown is the Detroit 'change of pace' back who the Lions are trying to find way to get more involved in the offense. In the second quarter he lined up as a wide receiver, came in motion and then ran an end run for a big 13 yard play. The Lions ran the same play to the opposite side of the field and still managed to get five yards despite good penetration by the Chicago defense. Brown came up big in the fourth quarter as well, taking a short dump off up the sideline with some shifty moves for a big 17 yard gain as the Lions were trying to tie the game again at 27. On their final possession with the game almost out of reach, he took a kickoff return 53 yards, deep into Chicago territory and gave the Lions a jumpstart on their comeback attempt. His size probably prevents him from being an every down type of back, but if Kevin Smith stays healthy, Brown could become a 3rd down, pass-catching type of back for the Lions next season.