RB Donald Brown - New England Patriots
|5-11, 210||Born: 4-11-1987||College: Connecticut||Drafted: Round 1, pick 27|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs DEN (21 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The stat line doesn't overwhelm you, but Brown was actually very effective against arguably the league's best defense. He consistently fought for extra yardage, and showed a lot of patience in building up his tally. His big gain was a very strong run up the middle, bouncing off of a would-be tackler en route to picking up 20 on the play. With Melvin Gordon as the centerpiece of this backfield, Brown doesn't appear to have much of a future in San Diego. But he showed some nifty inside running and determination in grinding out a very solid performance in the season finale.
2015 Week 16 vs OAK (14 / 17 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Brown had a bruising 5-yard run to push the pile early in the game. Soon after, he added a touchdown from a yard out after Danny Woodhead failed to get in on the previous play. After that, it was all downhill for Brown. He averaged barely over a yard per carry, often times getting met in the backfield by Oakland defenders. He was slightly more effective in the passing game, but Danny Woodhead is the primary pass-catcher out of the San Diego backfield so there wasn't a lot of volume available there. What is telling is that Brown gained just 17 yards on 14 carries, while Danny Woodhead (running behind the same offensive line with the same rotation) picked up 55 yards on just 11 carries.
2015 Week 15 vs MIA (12 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Brown wasn't mentioned once in the first half, but after the Melvin Gordon injury, Brown opened the second half in the backfield. He started off with a strong run for 15 yards, breaking multiple tackles in the process, but the play was negated due to a holding penalty. It was a sign of things to come, as he ran very hard on his remaining touches. He capped his afternoon with a season-best 53-yard run right up the gut. Poor tackling by Miami up front enabled Brown to get to the second level, and from there he attempted to run away from everyone. He was eventually caught from behind, as he lacks the game-breaking speed to outrun everyone. But despite that, he looked shockingly effective in the game and nothing like the plodder he has been for much of the season.
2015 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)
Brown got an inordinately large workload, even besting Danny Woodhead in terms of touches from scrimmage. In fact, it was Brown who had the longest play of the game for San Diego. He took a dumpoff while crossing the field from right to left, beat his man to the edge, and took off down the sideline for a 31-yard catch and run. It was San Diego's first (and last) big play of the game, but he looked good nonetheless. In the second half, following the Melvin Gordon fumble, it was Brown who saw most of the rushing duties. His long gain went for 11 yards, and he totaled 15 yards on his other six carries.
2015 Week 12 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was only a handful of touches, but with Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead both entering the game healthy, it was curious that Brown saw three handoffs and a target in the passing game in a closely contested game. Unsurprisingly, Brown didn't do much with his workload.
2015 Week 9 vs CHI (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown's first touch of the season came midway through the third quarter, and actually went for nice yardage to pick up a first down on the play. His second and last touch came on the very next play. Brown may get a few extra touches here and there with Branden Oliver out for the season, but he won't play a significant role without more injuries to the San Diego backfield.
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