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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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San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion) will not be able to play in Week 6.

Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Ryan Mathews missed the practice on Tuesday, so early indications are that he's not likely to appear on Saturday at Levi's Stadium as his problematic ankle continues to slow him. That means more of the sad-sack committee of Braden Oliver (12/26/0 rushing with 4/44/0 receiving), Donald Brown (5/18/0 rushing with 4/38/0 receiving) and Ronnie Brown (2/9/0 rushing) that we saw getting stuffed by the Broncos' rush D last week. The 49ers are good at stuffing opposing backs, ranking eighth in the NFL averaging 101.1 rushing yards allowed per game, with only seven rushing scores given up over 14 games. Last week, Seattle managed 32/152/1 rushing vs. San Francisco, while Oakland had 31/85/0 rushing two games back. The Chargers may wish they had Marshawn Lynch on their team, but they don't - advantage, San Francisco.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs STL 1 7 0 2 2 20 0 0
13 at BAL 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 0
14 vs NE 0 0 0 6 5 49 0 0
15 vs DEN 5 18 0 6 4 38 0 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 4 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 4 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 4 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Brown came on in relief of Ryan Mathews mostly in third down situations. He was very involved as well, with a team-high five receptions on six targets. All of his catches were short dump-offs or quick crosses over the middle, but what was most impressive was his ability after the catch. Brown has looked slow and plodding for most of the season, but he seemed to have an extra gear in this game. His best play of the game was a dumpoff to the right side. He was Rivers' absolute last option on the play, but he did a great job of eluding the first tackler that was right near him. He then shot up the middle with a great burst, getting to top speed very quickly and picking up 22 yards on the play. It's difficult to say he has supplanted Branden Oliver as the primary backup to Mathews (after all, Oliver had three rushing attempts to Brown's zero), but Brown did have more total offensive touches in the game and they came at more critical junctures. In truth, if Mathews were to miss any time, it would likely be a combination of the two backs that would handle the rushing duties in his place.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Starting halfback Ryan Mathews was injured last week and did not suit up for this game. Brown and Branden Oliver helped pick up the slack, totaling 25 touches in Mathews' absence. However, the productivity certainly wasn't anywhere near what Mathews has been putting up lately. Despite 7 fewer touches in the game, Brown had only 14 fewer yards than the starter Oliver. Of course, it's not really a good sign for Brown's role and/or future with the team that the undrafted Oliver was given nearly twice the overall touches than Brown in a critical game against a division rival.


Latest News

Chargers | Donald Brown receives praise (Fri Dec 12, 05:14 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown received praise from offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and the team thinks Brown remains capable of explosive plays despite a 2.3-yard-per-carry average this year. 'Donald’s been what we wanted him to be,' Reich said. 'He’s a very smart player. He hasn’t had to carry the load running the ball. But for the role that we’ve played him in, he’s played smart; he gets the job done. I think he grades out high week in and week out. I just think he’s an excellent player who’s a great team player and makes us better as whole offense.'

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