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RB Donald Brown - San Diego Chargers

5-11, 210Born: 4-11-1987College: ConnecticutDrafted: Round 1, pick 27

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Donald Brown was handling returns for the Chargers, but may give way to Branden Oliver so long as Brown is needed to run with the first string offense.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Brown couldn't take advantage of a terrific matchup against the Jaguars, and he ceded carries to Branden Oliver in the second half, who looked pretty good. Against a much tougher Jets run defense this week, Brown is back to low RB2 status, if not merely a flex. Ryan Mathews should be back in a few weeks and Brown will become droppable again.

General News (Tue Sep 30): and Branden Oliver combined for 42 yards on 29 carries in Week 4, and although head coach Mike McCoy bashed the running game during a press conference Monday, Sept. 29, he also said that the team is committed to improving it. "We're going to be forced to run it more down the road, and we're going to run the football," McCoy said. "So we'll be successful, we just have to do a better job doing it. You've got to have balance without a doubt."

Week 5: vs New York Jets

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at ARI 2 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 vs SEA 7 21 0 4 3 10 0 0
3 at BUF 31 62 0 6 5 27 0 0
4 vs JAX 10 19 0 6 4 35 0 0
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds 12 * * 3 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 12 * * 4 * * *
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom 13 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Brown saw the occasional carry until Ryan Mathews got hurt and left the game. Then he got the ball a lot. Unfortunately, he really didn`t get anywhere with it. Showing neither elusiveness nor power. Brown looked slightly better in the open field as a receiver, but that role is taken care of usually by Danny Woodhead.

2014 Week 3 vs BUF (31 / 62 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

It's hard to find much criticism in Donald Brown's 31 carries for 62 yards performance, no matter how bleak those numbers look, as offensive coordinator Frank Reich seemed frustratingly content continuously pounding the strength of the Bills defensive front. When Brown was able to get outside, those two times, he looked elusive and didn't have much trouble getting around the edge. Coming on the Chargers opening drive, Brown took the handoff on a draw and found a nice hole just off the left tackle. Stephon Gilmore was assigned with maintaining containment, but Brown easily angled around him and turned the run into a 14-yard gain, his longest of the day. Brown again victimized Gilmore on his only other run longer than five yards. The play was designed to again attack the middle of the defense, but Brown used a fluid cutback at the line of scrimmage and again found some space on the outside. Gilmore tried coming downhill this time, but Brown used a quick burst to get wider and managed to get around Gilmore despite the corner getting a handful of Brown's facemask. Brown also caught five balls in the passing game, including a long of 13 yards where he was left uncovered as he slipped out of the backfield into the flat.

2014 Week 4 vs JAX (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Brown had the highest number of offensive touches of any skill player for San Diego, but seemed to do the least with the opportunities. Following serious injuries to both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, Brown is expected to carry the load for San Diego at least in the short term. But his ineffectiveness in this game led to the Chargers taking to the air early and often. Brown had four touches on the first eight plays of the game, then just three on the next sixteen. He wasn't given a ton of room to work with, but neither were Mathews and Woodhead when they played the first three games. Yet they were much more effective. Brown just doesn't look to have much burst to him. He was wrapped up pretty much immediately on most of his attempts, with his long going for just five yards. Backup Brandon Oliver didn't fare much better, but was a little better nonetheless. On the receiving end, Brown did a nice job out in the flat on a handful of passes. On one play in particular, he bailed out Rivers who was under duress, turning around just in time to give Rivers an outlet to dump a pass off at the last second.

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Latest News

Steelers | Wednesday practice report (Wed Oct 1, 04:45 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness), LB James Harrison (illness), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), SS Mike Mitchell (non-injury), SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury), LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) was limited during practice, while OG Ramon Foster (ankle) fully participated in practice.

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Chargers | Chargers won't give up on run game (Mon Sep 29, 09:14 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown and RB Branden Oliver combined for 42 yards on 29 carries in Week 4, and although head coach Mike McCoy bashed the running game during a press conference Monday, Sept. 29, he also said that the team is committed to improving it. 'We're going to be forced to run it more down the road, and we're going to run the football,' McCoy said. 'So we'll be successful, we just have to do a better job doing it. You've got to have balance without a doubt.'

Our View: Brown is dead last in the NFL with .44 yards before contact per rush. He is only gaining 1.56 yds after contact per rush (32nd) this year as well. The sooner Ryan Mathews can come back, the better this ground game will look.
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Steelers | Week 4 Inactives (Sun Sep 28, 11:46 AM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared DT Daniel McCullers, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, WR Martavis Bryant, OG Ramon Foster, LB Ryan Shazier, OG Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 4.

Steelers | Friday injury report (Fri Sep 26, 02:17 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and CB Ike Taylor (forearm) have been ruled out for Week 4. OG Ramon Foster (ankle) is listed as questionable, while RB Dri Archer (ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) are listed as probable. Shazier and Taylor did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 26. Foster was limited during practice, while the other players fully participated in practice.

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Steelers | Thursday practice report (Thu Sep 25, 05:51 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer (ankle), OG Ramon Foster (ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and S Troy Polamalu (non-injury) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 25.

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Schedule

5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs