RB Ronnie Brown, Free agent
HT: 6-1, WT: 223, Born: 12-12-1981, College: Auburn, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 2
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Brown was expected to be the team’s third running back, but if Week 1 is any indication, he is going to see more touches than Danny Woodhead. He came in on the first third down play of the game, a third and 24 play on which he picked up 12 yards against a soft defense. He ran strong, and picked up some tough inside yardage, and even remained in the game near the goal line late in the half as Ryan Mathews came out. Brown got regular work to open the second half, picking up a couple of receptions in the process (including one that took the ball down to the 5-yard line). He saw seven touches to Ryan Mathews’ fifteen, but that was still considerably more than Danny Woodhead’s two.
Week 2 - A week after a pretty good-sized workload, Brown’s role was greatly reduced in this game. Danny Woodhead saw a lot of the situations Brown saw a week ago, and the team didn’t really utilize him aside from a few early second half carries. Brown looked good running, rinishing off his runs strong by falling forward on consecutive attempts.
Week 3 - Brown had a very small workload in the game, but ended up as the most valuable fantasy back on the team by virtue of his goal line run. He took a delayed handoff off tackle to the right side and dove in from a yard out. The play wouldn’t be noteworthy, except that it was San Diego’s first team rushing touchdown in the last 358 rushing attempts.
Week 4 - Brown came in on third down situations, but the lion’s share of the work went to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.
Week 5 - With the injury to Ryan Mathews, Brown got the opportunity for a bit more work than usual. Of course, the Chargers trailing throughout the game meant that the running game was going to be tabled somewhat. He did get a chance to score on the goal line on the final play of the third quarter, but ended up getting stuffed by the Raiders for a loss on the play. His other noteworthy carry came in the first half when he made a third and inches run on an obvious rushing play (the Chargers brought in the jumbo package). Brown leapt over the pile with authority to gain the first down to keep the drive going. But aside from that, it was mostly the Danny Woodhead show.
Week 6 - With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead so effective, Brown got just two touches in this game, squaring up a defender on one run and pushing him backwards a bit. But his contributions were minimal, even on passing downs.
Week 7 - Brown only had a couple of carries in the game, one of which was a strong run up the middle. But with Ryan Mathews running so well and Danny Woodhead doing such an effective job in the short passing game (and both players finding the end zone on short yardage inside rushes), there just wasn't much need for Brown in this one.
Week 9 - Brown did not receive a single touch offensively in the game. He is typically the back the team turns to in goal line or two minute situations, but he did not see any action in those situations. With the Chargers on the goal line late in the game and driving for the win, Brown was curiously nowhere to be seen near the field (Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews alternated goal line work).
Week 10 - Brown saw a bit more work than he usually does in the early going, as Ryan Mathews briefly left the game to have his hamstring taped up. But when Mathews returned, Brown's workload dwindled to almost nothing. And he was a non-factor in the passing game. Even the goal line opportunity that San Diego had went to the aforementioned Mathews, who converted from a yard out.
Week 12 - The first time Brown's name was called was on a swing pass to the left side that actually ended up losing yardage. He wasn't a viable part of the offense, with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead both getting more playing time and playing very effectively. But late in the game, Mathews left with a hamstring issue so Brown was leaned upon a bit more. He still didn't get a ton of work in, but if the hamstring injury creeps up again during the week, brown could be in for a greater workload in the coming weeks.
Week 13 - With Ryan Mathews still somewhat bothered by his hamstring, it was expected that Brown would see a larger workload than usual. But the Chargers trailed for most of the game and never really got the running game going, so Brown finished with just one rushing attempt.
Week 14 - Brown caught one pass, a swing pass in the flat in stride to pick up a first down on third and five. He made some nice moves after the catch to gain first down yardage with a nice shake.
Week 15 - Brown's involvement was very minimal, with just three offensive touches. One of them was a nice run up the middle featuring a quick inside cut in the hole to pick up first down yardage. But with all the success of starter Ryan Mathews, Brown's number wasn't called very frequently.
Week 18 - Brown was given the opportunity to play when Mathews went out with an injury. His first 7 carries were nothing out of the norm. Brown has moves, and has agility, but he lacks the speed and quickness that he used to possess. But on the 8th play, Brown hit paydirt. Facing a stacked line, Brown hit the hole perfectly, made one cut and found nothing but daylight ahead of him. Once he got past the line, he just had to run straight and ended up with a 58 yard TD. The Bengals were selling out to stop the run, and the line did a great job of freeing up Brown for the score. Brown is just a shell of his former self, but that run is one he’ll cherish for a long time.