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RB Kenneth Farrow - San Diego Chargers

5-11, 216Born: 3-7-1993College: HoustonDrafted: ---

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2016 Week 16 vs CLE (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Farrow started off the game exceptionally well, showing good vision and power in helping move the team downfield and into the red zone. On the opening possession, San Diego opted to go for it on fourth down rather than attempt a field goal, and Farrow converted, taking it down just inside the 1-yard line. He was very close to a score on the play, but on the ensuing first down play the Chargers opted to use play action to Farrow and throw a touchdown to a wide open Antonio Gates. It should be noted that Farrow likely would have been stuffed if they had given him the ball on the play, as the defense collapsed right at the middle of the attack around Farrow, expecting him to get the ball. Later in the half, he picked up 16 yards on a designed screen pass. He showed good vision and patience, and some nice downfield blocking enabled the play to develop as well as it did. Farrow whose reputation is that of a bruiser who charges straight ahead, has shown more competence in the passing game than many expected. He added another reception in the second half, using an excellent spin move to shake his defender and pick up the first down. As the second half went on, he continued to be used somewhat sparingly. The team trailed throughout, so the game plan called for more of the passing game. But Farrow also briefly left the game for a bit with a shoulder injury, which likely helped contribute to the extra work for Ronnie Hillman. With Hillman largely ineffective, Farrow kept getting work but there simply wasn't much there in terms of space. On the team's last-gasp drive, Farrow missed a blitzer and appeared to acknowledge his mistake to Rivers after Rivers yelled at him for the blown assignment.

2016 Week 15 vs OAK (15 / 39 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Starting in place of the injured Melvin Gordon, Farrow ran strong and showed good balance on some of his earlier runs. He showed a good ability to get open out of the backfield, turning one short gain into a nice pickup by literally tossing a tackler aside. In a bad omen, he was hit from behind and fumbled the ball forward. It would have been extremely costly, but since he was on the sideline when he fumbled it, the ball went harmlessly out of bounds. It was a sign of things to come, because with the game on the line early in the fourth quarter, Farrow was again getting the ball to try and keep the chains moving. Instead, he fumbled it away deep in their own territory, setting up the Raiders for the eventual go-ahead score. Farrow tried claiming he was down, but replays clearly showed the ball coming out. With Ronnie Hillman relatively impressive in limited action, it will be interesting to see how the rushing duties are split over the season's final two games.

2016 Week 14 vs CAR (16 / 55 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 23 / 0 rec)

With the early injury to Melvin Gordon, Farrow got his most extensive NFL work by far. With 22 touches in a game that his team trailed throughout, it showed the Chargers were at least not going to abandon the running game or the gameplan with Gordon out. He showed his usual ability to push the pile forward, picking up extra yardage by keeping the feet churning on multiple occasions. His inside running was particularly effective, as he is a one-cut runner who plays much stronger than he looks. He was even heavily involved in the passing game, tying a team-high with six receptions. On a couple of those, he was met by the defender almost immediately upon catching the ball but managed to maintain possession. In the second half, he had two individual plays that were a perfect illustration of Farrow's playing style. The first was a swing pass that looked to be heading nowhere. But Farrow kept pushing forward, driving the defender backwards en route to a 5-yard gain. Later in the half, he was given a handoff near the goal line. His helmet popped off around the 5-yard line, which is supposed to stop the play where it is. Despite that, Farrow put his head down and charged right into the heard of the Carolina defense to try and score anyway. It may not have been the smartest play in the world, but it did demonstrate his willingness to do whatever it takes to fight for every last yard.

2016 Week 13 vs TB (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow doesn't usually get a whole lot of work, but he spelled Melvin Gordon for a handful of rushing attempts pretty early on in this game. He ended up with four total rush attempts that didn't go very far, but at this point we pretty much know what we're getting with Farrow - strong, straight-ahead bull rushing with not much else.

2016 Week 12 vs HOU (1 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow came in earlier than usual in relief of Melvin Gordon, but didn't do a whole lot with his only carry while getting driven into the backfield. Gordon appeared to have gotten nicked up a bit later on, but Farrow didn't make another appearance (suggesting Gordon was fine).

2016 Week 10 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow came in briefly to give Melvin Gordon a breather, but didn't get any touches of his own in this game despite 68 offensive plays from scrimmage.

2016 Week 9 vs TEN (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Farrow is showing himself to be an adept complement to starter Melvin Gordon. What Farrow lacks in lateral movement, he makes up for in power running. Most of his action in this game consistent of running hard right at the heart of the defense, and is very much a straight-line rusher to this point. With Gordon getting so much work (36 touches), Farrow got a little more action than usual and even saw a target in the passing game. With nothing but open space in front of him, he tried to turn and run upfield before actually securing the catch, costing himself what would have been a nice gain.

2016 Week 8 vs DEN (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow has seemingly passed Dexter McCluster on the depth chart, since he saw the relief work in place of Melvin Gordon in this game. Farrow appears to be a hard-nosed runner, as he simply put his head down and bowled over as many defenders as he could on each attempt. It worked fairly well too, as he managed to move the pile quite a bit on his rushing attempts.

2016 Week 7 vs ATL (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow got a couple of carries on back to back plays midway through the third quarter. He did a nice job reading his block up the left side, shooting through the hole for nine yards. He was very decisive with his cut, and then got a nice push forward on the next play for a few more yards. He didn't have any meaningful work aside from that, but it appears he could work himself into a running back committee mix if anything were to happen to Melvin Gordon.

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Farrow replaced Melvin Gordon after the latter briefly left the game early in the fourth quarter with some sort of leg injury. Farrow didn't see much work, and Gordon soon returned looking no worse for wear.


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