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RB Bryce Brown - Buffalo Bills

5-10, 219Born: 5-14-1991College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 7

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Though Marquise Goodwin is ahead of Brown on the depth chart, Goodwin is rarely healthy giving Brown kick return opportunities.

Week 13: vs Cleveland Browns

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Both of these teams are jockeying for a playoff spot - Buffalo is knotted up with Miami at 6-5 in second in the AFC East and looking for a wild card slot, while the Browns are 7-4 but in last place in the fiercely competitive AFC North (Cleveland, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh are all sitting at 7-4, a half-game behind 7-3-1 Cincinnati) - this game is a must-win for both clubs as we enter the stretch run into the Second Season. Buffalo bounced back from a 9-22 loss in Miami two games ago to maul the Jets 38-3 in a special Monday night affair from Ford Field in Detroit - Anthony Dixon (12/54/1 rushing with 1/8/0 receiving) and Fred Jackson (10/32/1 rushing with 3/13/0 receiving) both found their way into the end zone during the contest. Bryce Brown chipped in 6/20/0 rushing to the team effort as the Bills' many-headed monster was productive in the blowout win (29/116/2 rushing as a team). The Browns' rush D allowed a TD to Steven Jackson last week (23/63/1 for the Falcons as a team), but only 2.7 yards per rush. Two weeks ago, Houston trampled this same club for 54/213/0 rushing - the Browns' defense has swung wildly during recent contests. To date, Cleveland is ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 134.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with eight rushing scores handed out. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Bills.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs KC 7 35 0 7 6 65 0 1
11 at MIA 6 14 0 10 7 57 0 0
12 vs NYJ 6 20 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds 4 * * 2 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 0 * * *
13 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom 6 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs KC (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)

Brown may have not led the Bills in carries Sunday, but he did out-touch both Dixon and Fred Jackson, and looked like the best back in a Bills uniform as he amassed 100 total yards. Brown's fumbling woes popped back up, however, preventing him from reaching the end zone for first time in 2014. Just five yards from reaching the end zone after easily weaving through traffic, Brown didn't have the ball locked up as Ron Parker punched the ball loose and it went out the back of the end zone for a touchback. Brown also showed he still hasn't quite mastered patience as runner yet as he caught a well set-up screen and immediately blew by all three blockers. The screen went for 11 yards, but given he had a convoy in front of him it likely would have been a bigger play had Brown allowed it to be. Brown just missed another touchdown on one of his two shovel pass catches. Able to get wide, Brown took the pass down to the three-yard line, but just barely had his feet clipped by Kurt Coleman. Not shockingly, Brown really excelled on the edges as the Chiefs clearly had no answer for his speed and quickness. As vanilla play design as it gets, Brown caught three balls in the flat for 12, 15 and 12 yards where it was all straight-line pace to avoid tacklers. Worth noting in regards to both Brown and Dixon, Brown was the preferred back in the red zone on Sunday and in a game where the Bills weren't resigned to burning clock (as such in Week 8), Brown had more touches than Dixon. Given Brown's versatility and skillset, it's expected his role won't change much as Jackson's health improves.

2014 Week 11 vs MIA (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)

Penned as the starter, Bryce Brown trailed Anthony Dixon in carries again but still managed to out-touch the glorified fullback 13 to 10. With limited opportunities on the ground, Brown did the majority of his damage through the air as no one was targeted more or had more catches. Brown had two catches of at least 17 yards as he used his speed on the first such gain to run away from the linebacker and picked up 19 yards on the second catch, showing nice patience on a screen pass (a patience he lacked in Week 10 where he waited for no blocks). Looking like a bigger CJ Spiller, Brown's quickness in the open field is evident as the opposition has struggled containing him in consecutive weeks. Despite the limited carries, Brown also exhibited patience in the running game as well. Brown's rushing numbers looked abysmal, but a third of those runs went for negative yards where his blocking let him down tremendously. Hoping to catch Miami off guard, the Bills opened the second half with a toss on third and one. The design worked well enough, but rookie Seantrel Henderson couldn't have looked more incapable as a blocker in space as Jamar Taylor came downhill as if there was no one there. Brown was able to get wide and seemed headed for a first down, but never had a chance to turn up field after Henderson whiffed. Outside of the one designed outside run, Brown again showed the want to work between the tackles amidst all the traffic and was successful doing so (as the interior line had another good week of run blocking). Stuck meddling in a committee, one has to think Brown's talent and versatility will eventually win out.

2014 Week 12 vs NYJ (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Fred Jackson back in the mix and Anthony Dixon the preferred finisher; Bryce Brown trailed both in attempts and was not targeted in the passing game. Once resigned to bouncing everything wide, Brown continued to show improvement as an inside runner, including his long of six yards.


Latest News

Bills | Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown shared work (Mon Nov 17, 02:46 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon played 33 offensive snaps in the team's Week 11 game, while RB Bryce Brown received 28 offensive snaps.

Our View: Those numbers will change this week. Fred Jackson will return to the lineup after missing the Week 11 game because it was on Thursday night. The extra bit of rest could help Jackson look better than he did in Week 10.
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