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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 is a lead candidate for the Chargers kick return duties, despite lacking NFL and college experience at the job.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Brown will get a lot more work with Ryan Mathews missing the next 4-5 weeks. He won't quite be an RB1/RB2 with Danny Woodhead a co-lead with Brown, but he should be a good flex play with upside in a good offense.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 PROJ-Tremblay 10 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown came on for the game's opening third down scenario and looked to be getting a semi-regular role early on. He had a nice blitz pickup on one of the early third downs, and was given two handoffs in the early going. But once Ryan Mathews settled into a groove, Brown was almost nowhere to be found. He looks like a clear backup runner at this point, as this appears to be far from a running back by committee situation.

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.


Latest News

Chargers | Donald Brown to have prominent role? (Mon Sep 15, 02:15 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown is likely to fill the void as the team's every-down running back with RB Ryan Mathews (knee) sidelined.

Our View: This is what the team signed Brown for earlier this offseason. He's a capable veteran starter, and his play won't be that much (if any) of a dropoff from what Mathews brings to the table. Brown is set to be a low-end RB2/flex play while he's the lead back for the Chargers. We could see more from Danny Woodhead while Mathews is out too.
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Chargers | Donald Brown sees more touches (Sun Sep 14, 08:05 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown saw most of the snaps after RB Ryan Mathews (knee) went down in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with seven carries for 21 yards while also added three receptions for 10 yards. RB Danny Woodhead actually led the team with 32 yards on eight rushes, and he had four catches for 28 yards.

Our View: Neither back is more than a flex or a desperation RB2 against the Bills defense that slowed down a hot Dolphins running game today. Woodhead has more appeal, especially in PPR leagues.
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Chargers | Trio of RBs all involved early (Mon Sep 8, 10:51 PM) - San Diego Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown each saw action on the first three offensive plays from scrimmage in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Sept. 8.

Our View: We'll see Mathews as the lead back for the Chargers. So long as they can play with a lead, the Chargers will use Mathews as the hammer to soften up opponents. Woodhead gives the team a great change-of-pace back, and he could get more playing time if the gamescript unfolds where the team has to play from behind. Brown gives the team great veteran insurance in case Mathews gets banged up (again).
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4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
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12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
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