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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.

General News (Tue Sep 16): is likely to fill the void as the team's every-down running back with Ryan Mathews (knee) sidelined.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews sprained the MCL in one of his knees last week, and is out for 4-5 weeks as a result. Look for Danny Woodhead (8/32/0 rushing with 4/28/0 receiving vs. Seattle last week) and Donald Brown (9/19/0 rushing with 3/10/0 receiving so far this season) to handle the bulk of the work in Mathews' absence. Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.9 yards rushing allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games played. This is not a top rush D, folks. Matt Forte gained 17/82/0 rushing (with nine targets for 8/87/0 receiving) during the season premiere, while the Dolphins managed 21/80/0 rushing at Buffalo last week. So far this year the defensive front is much improved over the 2013 version, averaging 83 rushing yards allowed per game, with zero rushing scores allowed over two games. This looks like a tough matchup for Brown and Woodhead, but the passing matchup is great so don't overlook Woodhead as he is a dual threat and can post big games catching the football.

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-Dodds 14 * * 2 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 10 * * 2 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 12 * * 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 | Chargers want Donald Brown fresh (Sat Sep 20, 08:51 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown will not return in kicks in Week 3 because the team wants to keep him fresh for his expanded role in the backfield. RB Branden Oliver will return kicks in Brown's place.

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Steelers | Friday injury report (Fri Sep 19, 04:48 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 3. OG Ramon Foster (ankle) is listed as questionable, while WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), WR Lance Moore (groin) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) are listed as probable. Archer and Foster were limited during practice Friday, Sept. 19, while the other players fully participated in practice.

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Steelers | Thursday practice report (Thu Sep 18, 06:47 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers OG Ramon Foster (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. RB Dri Archer (ankle) was limited. WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder), DE Brett Keisel (non-injury related), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), WR Lance Moore (groin) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury related) fully participated.

Steelers | Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 17, 04:38 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. RB Dri Archer (ankle) and OG Ramon Foster (ankle) were limited during practice, while WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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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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