RB Malcolm Brown - Los Angeles Rams

5-11, 224Born: 5-15-1993College: TexasDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): The Rams running game showed some signs of life against the Bears and it appears Brown is still situated as the handcuff to Todd Gurley with Darrell Henderson fading.

Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Los Angeles Rams' ground game has been one of the most disappointing rushing attacks in the NFL, ranking 24th in the league in yards per carry after last year's impressive showing. Todd Gurley, the team's number-one running back, has seen a stark drop off in both volume and production this season. Through the first 10 weeks of last year's campaign, Gurley had 5 20-carry days to go along with 5 100-yard rushing days to his name. This season, through the first 10 weeks, Gurley has yet to record a 100-yard performance, while last week was his first 20+ carry game of the year. Gurley still dominates the snaps and carries in the Rams' backfield in close games. However, running behind one of the NFL's worst offensive lines, the Rams' rushing attack as a whole has been one of the league's weakest units week-in and week-out. The Baltimore Ravens' defense has salvaged respectable metrics against the run because it has defended the 3rd-fewest rushing attempts in the league while allowing 4.4 yards per carry, which ranks 20th in the NFL. Baltimore's defense has allowed four different backfields to surpass the century mark on the ground this season, but those numbers are offset by three especially weak rushing performances elsewhere. In Week 1, Kenyan Drake mustered just 12 yards on 4 carries. Then, in Week 2, David Johnson posted only 14 rushing yards on 7 carries, and lastly, Joe Mixon accumulated 10 total rushing yards across his 8 carries in Week 6. Baltimore's defense is a relatively-untested unit as a whole that lacks impactful run-stoppers outside of their strong defensive line. Thanks to a run-heavy offensive attack that consumes the game clock and scores points in bunches, Ravens' opposition has frequently been behind the eight-ball trying to mount a comeback through the air rather than on the ground. The Los Angeles Rams showed a renewed commitment to Todd Gurley on the ground in Week 11 after admittedly underutilizing him in the team's Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Should the Rams turn to Gurley once again in Week 12, he should post an efficient rushing day with the potential for his first 100-yard rushing day of the season.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at PIT 12 5 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
11 vs CHI 11 5 15 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 7.5
12 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 0.0 * * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 0.0 * * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Malcolm Brown's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 11 vs CHI (5 / 15 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown was the primary backup to Todd Gurley's workhorse role against the Bears with a strong snap advantage over rookie Darrell Henderson. Brown did not find the field until the mid-second quarter but notably powered in for a goal line touchdown in the closing minutes of the game.

2019 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown played over Darrell Henderson in the second half as the primary backup to Todd Gurley in Week 10. Brown had his best run of the game called back by penalty with neither Henderson or Brown showing much viability with Gurley the clear starter. This was Brown's first action back from injury following a two-game absence and the team's Week 9 bye.

2019 Week 6 vs SF (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown drew the start for the Rams with Todd Gurley out against the 49ers. Brown dominated snaps and touches in the backfield in the first half before Darrell Henderson saw extended time in the second half. Brown had four straight runs to start the Rams' opening possession, posting two first downs, adding another strong run in the red zone. However, the Rams offense went silent the rest of the game and Brown's success paralleled the sentiment. Brown had two scoring opportunities but was stuffed on third-down and fourth-down carries at the goal line. Brown was not used in the passing game or as much in clear comeback mode, favoring Darrell Henderson in the rotation. If Todd Gurley were to miss next week, the game script projects as more favorable against the suspect Falcons defense.

2019 Week 4 vs TB (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown sparsely played against Tampa Bay in the shootout loss. The reserve running back saw no snaps until the second quarter where he saw back-to-back carries. Once the game turned into serial comeback mode for the Rams, Todd Gurley dominated passing game work and Brown was relegated to sporadic snaps and a mere one target despite the team throwing 68 passes.

2019 Week 3 vs CLE (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown saw clear secondary snaps to starter Todd Gurley for a second straight week. Brown was stuffed in the run game and logged a drop as a receiver in the clunky performance. Brown remains one of the higher upside backup running backs in the NFL on opportunity alone as the Rams are finding their passing game rhythm and Brown has muted Darrell Henderson's potential rookie season impact entirely through three weeks.

2019 Week 2 vs NO (6 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Brown took a step back as starter Todd Gurley moved forward in the Rams backfield rotation against the Saints. Brown did not see the field until the mid-second quarter and his game was highlighted by two strong runs later in the second half, totaling 20 yards. With Brown not seeing the red zone involvement like in Week 1, Brown needs a blowout game script to see a strong workload or stat line without a Todd Gurley injury.

2019 Week 1 vs CAR (11 / 53 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Brown was on the field for less than half the snaps of starter Todd Gurley but saw all the meaningful red zone work and short-range touchdown opportunities against Carolina. Brown was the clear No.2 back over rookie Darrell Henderson, who barely saw the field in Week 1. Brown was excellent versus contact on inside runs in his first action back from a midseason injury in 2018. Brown broken multiple tackles on a highlight red zone carry and saw more snaps as the game progressed. Despite the disparity in snaps, Brown had 11 touches to Gurley's 15 on the day.


Latest News

Rams | Malcolm Brown ready to play (Fri Nov 8, 07:25 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Rams | LA Rams' injury report for Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 04:46 PM) - Los Angeles Rams LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 10 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 8, but has also been ruled out. WR JoJo Natson (illness) was held out of practice for a second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable. RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not practice Friday but does not appear on the injury report. DT Tanzel Smart (illness), RB Malcolm Brown (ankle), LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Matthews will be a big addition to this defense. He, Dante Fowler and Aaron Donald will keep Mason Rudolph uncomfortable all afternoon.
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Rams | Malcolm Brown fully practices (Thu Nov 7, 08:23 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB Malcolm Brown (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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