RB Donald Brown - Free Agent
|5-11, 210||Born: 4-11-1987||College: Connecticut||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
2015 Week 9 vs CHI (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown's first touch of the season came midway through the third quarter, and actually went for nice yardage to pick up a first down on the play. His second and last touch came on the very next play. Brown may get a few extra touches here and there with Branden Oliver out for the season, but he won't play a significant role without more injuries to the San Diego backfield.
2015 Week 12 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was only a handful of touches, but with Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead both entering the game healthy, it was curious that Brown saw three handoffs and a target in the passing game in a closely contested game. Unsurprisingly, Brown didn't do much with his workload.
2015 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)
Brown got an inordinately large workload, even besting Danny Woodhead in terms of touches from scrimmage. In fact, it was Brown who had the longest play of the game for San Diego. He took a dumpoff while crossing the field from right to left, beat his man to the edge, and took off down the sideline for a 31-yard catch and run. It was San Diego's first (and last) big play of the game, but he looked good nonetheless. In the second half, following the Melvin Gordon fumble, it was Brown who saw most of the rushing duties. His long gain went for 11 yards, and he totaled 15 yards on his other six carries.
2015 Week 15 vs MIA (12 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Brown wasn't mentioned once in the first half, but after the Melvin Gordon injury, Brown opened the second half in the backfield. He started off with a strong run for 15 yards, breaking multiple tackles in the process, but the play was negated due to a holding penalty. It was a sign of things to come, as he ran very hard on his remaining touches. He capped his afternoon with a season-best 53-yard run right up the gut. Poor tackling by Miami up front enabled Brown to get to the second level, and from there he attempted to run away from everyone. He was eventually caught from behind, as he lacks the game-breaking speed to outrun everyone. But despite that, he looked shockingly effective in the game and nothing like the plodder he has been for much of the season.
2015 Week 16 vs OAK (14 / 17 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Brown had a bruising 5-yard run to push the pile early in the game. Soon after, he added a touchdown from a yard out after Danny Woodhead failed to get in on the previous play. After that, it was all downhill for Brown. He averaged barely over a yard per carry, often times getting met in the backfield by Oakland defenders. He was slightly more effective in the passing game, but Danny Woodhead is the primary pass-catcher out of the San Diego backfield so there wasn't a lot of volume available there. What is telling is that Brown gained just 17 yards on 14 carries, while Danny Woodhead (running behind the same offensive line with the same rotation) picked up 55 yards on just 11 carries.
2015 Week 17 vs DEN (21 / 81 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The stat line doesn't overwhelm you, but Brown was actually very effective against arguably the league's best defense. He consistently fought for extra yardage, and showed a lot of patience in building up his tally. His big gain was a very strong run up the middle, bouncing off of a would-be tackler en route to picking up 20 on the play. With Melvin Gordon as the centerpiece of this backfield, Brown doesn't appear to have much of a future in San Diego. But he showed some nifty inside running and determination in grinding out a very solid performance in the season finale.
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.
2014 Week 3 vs BUF (31 / 62 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
It's hard to find much criticism in Donald Brown's 31 carries for 62 yards performance, no matter how bleak those numbers look, as offensive coordinator Frank Reich seemed frustratingly content continuously pounding the strength of the Bills defensive front. When Brown was able to get outside, those two times, he looked elusive and didn't have much trouble getting around the edge. Coming on the Chargers opening drive, Brown took the handoff on a draw and found a nice hole just off the left tackle. Stephon Gilmore was assigned with maintaining containment, but Brown easily angled around him and turned the run into a 14-yard gain, his longest of the day. Brown again victimized Gilmore on his only other run longer than five yards. The play was designed to again attack the middle of the defense, but Brown used a fluid cutback at the line of scrimmage and again found some space on the outside. Gilmore tried coming downhill this time, but Brown used a quick burst to get wider and managed to get around Gilmore despite the corner getting a handful of Brown's facemask. Brown also caught five balls in the passing game, including a long of 13 yards where he was left uncovered as he slipped out of the backfield into the flat.
2014 Week 4 vs JAX (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Brown had the highest number of offensive touches of any skill player for San Diego, but seemed to do the least with the opportunities. Following serious injuries to both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, Brown is expected to carry the load for San Diego at least in the short term. But his ineffectiveness in this game led to the Chargers taking to the air early and often. Brown had four touches on the first eight plays of the game, then just three on the next sixteen. He wasn't given a ton of room to work with, but neither were Mathews and Woodhead when they played the first three games. Yet they were much more effective. Brown just doesn't look to have much burst to him. He was wrapped up pretty much immediately on most of his attempts, with his long going for just five yards. Backup Brandon Oliver didn't fare much better, but was a little better nonetheless. On the receiving end, Brown did a nice job out in the flat on a handful of passes. On one play in particular, he bailed out Rivers who was under duress, turning around just in time to give Rivers an outlet to dump a pass off at the last second.
2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (9 / 26 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Prior to the game, San Diego HC Mike McCoy kept telling anyone who would listen that the Chargers were going to run the ball against the Jets top-ranked rush defense this week. Whether he meant they would attempt to, or whether he meant they'd succeed, he clearly put that plan into motion. Brown started at halfback and was busy early on, with nine rushes and two passing targets (one of which resulted in a catch). But Brown looked to be plodding, often bottled up at or behind the line of scrimmage. He had one nice run which featured two powerful stiff-arms that picked up a season-long thirteen yards. But his eight other carries combined for just thirteen more. Late in the first half, he took a handoff and was clotheslined by a Jets defender. Brown's helmet popped off, and he appeared to have injured himself on the play. Later in the game, it was reported that he had suffered a concussion. Perhaps even more dire for Brown's fantasy prospects, backup halfback Branden Oliver came on in relief and torched the Jets for 182 yards from scrimmage and two scores. Brown's days as a feature back this season are likely gone after Oliver's performance.
2014 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Brown had a couple of decent runs late in the fourth quarter during "garbage time" with the game already completely out of reach. But perhaps his biggest play of the game wasn't something he did well but rather a missed opportunity. Streaking down the right sideline, Rivers hit him perfectly in stride on the run for what should have been a huge gain. But he dropped the pass, leading to yet another San Diego punt.
2014 Week 11 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Chargers picked a curious time to get Brown his first rushing attempt. After 58 minutes of very minimal work in the passing game, the Chargers had a 3rd and 5 that, if converted, would have ended the game. Instead, Brown was stuffed for no gain on a very critical play.
2014 Week 12 vs STL (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Brown had a limited workload and is the clear third string back behind Mathews and Oliver, but he did pick up a nice catch over the middle for first down yardage during the two minute offense to help get the Chargers into field goal range. In other words, his workload isn't limited to mop-up duty.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs SF (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Brown's game is more noteworthy for what he did NOT do than for what he DID do. He took a handoff from the 5-yard line and pushed the pile all the way to the goal line, but just couldn't quite push it over the line for the score. Later, he had his hands on a deep floater down the sideline that should have gone for big yardage. Unfortunately for Brown, he bobbled it and it fell to the ground for an incompletion. After that point, his usage was very minimal the rest of the game - even losing carries to Ronnie Brown.
2014 Week 17 vs KC (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Brown's first touch came midway through the second quarter, and he actually had 10 rushing attempts to 14 for starter Branden Oliver. Despite Oliver's early success, Brown still received regular work in the second half. With the game on the line late, Brown was stuffed on a 3rd and short rushing attempt up the middle. And with the season essentially hanging in the balance on 4th down, Brown was again given the carry up the middle but was pushed back for a loss.
2013 Week 2 vs MIA (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown is going to be the complementary back to Bradshaw now with Ballard out for the season, it's a role he is use to in Indy at this point. His first snaps coming on the third drive, a drive in which he started. He's usually the short yardage guy however he was stuffed on his lone spot, a 3rd and 2 deep in Colts territory, a stop that ended up flipping field position and led to a Dolphins TD. With all that being said, Brown has no worries about losing the backup duties here as no one else in the backfield got carries outside of him and Bradshaw.
2013 Week 5 vs SEA (6 / 37 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Whether it was part of the plan or not, Donald Brown has a pretty solid workload for being on the roster bubble just about a month ago- Brown had six carries and looked to be more effective than Richardson in the snaps he received. He's really used in passing downs where he is a great pass blocker but also poses as a threat catching passes out the backfield. The Colts even went with him over Trent as their goalie back and Brown made the best of it scoring a TD on his first crack at it. It seems as if the Colts would ideally want Richardson to show he deserves all the carries, but since he hasn't displayed that yet, and with Brown's success in the spots he's used, I don't see Donald going anywhere at the moment as he seems like a guy who is going to get 5-10 carries and now with this goalline TD, potentially the goalline back?
2013 Week 7 vs DEN (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
The Colts never thought they'd be resorting to Brown once they acquired Trent Richardson. Heck they had Ahmad Bradshaw ahead of him; however in this league nothing can be taken as a surprise, and here the Colts are getting Donald Brown double-digit touches in week 7. Let's face the facts- he is running more efficiently than Richardson at this point, and he's the superior back when it comes to pass protection, as he caught all three of his targets this game. With all that being said, that's about it when it comes to the pluses of Donald Brown as he simply is just a middle of the road running back. However, as long as TRich continues to heavily disappoint, Brown will continue to get reps as he's not exactly doing anything to lose them.
2013 Week 9 vs HOU (6 / 49 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown outperformed Trent Richardson again, for the third straight game, and it could be something football fans should definitely get use to. Brown makes more of his opportunities than Trent and the coaching staff prefers him in pass protection over Richardson as well. Running behind the same line TRich did, Brown's YPC more than tripled Trent's number, a rather crazy stat fact but something that shouldn't come as that surprising at this stage in the game. As long as Richardson doesn't run away with the job, the Colts are going to continue to factor Donald Brown into the offense- and at this rate, that might be the best option for them.
2013 Week 10 vs STL (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Donald Brown did absolutely nothing on the ground. Actually. If someone could do worse than absolutely nothing than Brown did that. 2 carries for -1 yards on a day where nothing went right for the team. The best part about Donald's game in this one was his receiving ability out the backfield, catching all 5 of his targets, coming in second on the team in receiving yards and receptions in this one. At this point who knows who you can classify as the Colts "lead back" as they both seem to get the same amount of looks.
2013 Week 11 vs TEN (14 / 80 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
If you read the box score of Colts RBs and didn't see the names, you'd hope Trent Richardson had Donald Brown's statline, of course that wasn't the case as Donald Brown continued to make his case for being the top back in this Indy time share. Brown scored twice, both from inside the 15, and making both look rather easy. He runs really hard and is deceivingly agile for a back his size. He excelled at pass blocking this game as well. At this point, if Richardson was just another back and not the guy they spent assets on, he'd definitely be the backup because Donald Brown has done all that's been asked of him and more in this last month of football showing off all his talents in this game.
2013 Week 12 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Two carries for one yard. One catch for negative one yard. That says all the analyzing one needs. Brown never got going as the Colts found themselves down 24-3 in a hurry, but he could've at least put up a better then .5 YPC you'd think. The combo of Dan Herron and Luck outrushed Brown and Trent 64-16! That shows you where this Colts running game is currently at. In the blowout it was Trent who played far more snaps than Brown, however I wouldn't put too much into that as, again, the Colts had to scrap their gameplan pretty early in this one. Brown and the Colts have the Titans next week, a team he put 80 yards and 2 scores on just a couple weeks back.
2013 Week 13 vs TEN (14 / 54 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Getting the nod as the starting back (finally) Donald Brown didn't make much of his first start of the season- although with this Colts OL how can you expect a running back to excel? Brown was active in the passing game early on, catching his lone receptions on the first few plays, and then the productivity in the passing game just stopped for him. Averaging just under 4 yards a carry, it wasn't much of an impressive performance, however he got the job done moving the chains on the third and short run plays and on the final, game icing drive he busted off his two longest runs of the day, fighting for whatever yards he could get on both; and when the Colts got to the goaline and Richardson failed to get into the endzone, it was Brown who was brought in the next play and it was Brown who got them into the endzone for the lone Colts TD of the game. Ultimately he ran for 50+ yards, something Trent Richardson has accomplished just twice this season as Indy's back. There's no reason to suspect Brown will lose the ž starterÓ tag in Indianapolis.
2013 Week 14 vs CIN (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Getting the start in this one didn't do much for Brown as what seemed like almost instantly the Colts found themselves down 21. Not helping his case either is the notion that Indy must continue to keep their traded-for first rounder in the mix of the gameplan so we saw Trent in this one get more playing time. Brown had just as many targets as Trent in this one (6), he just didn't get the space like Trent got when he got had his catching opportunities. Wouldn't read much into this game playing time wise because of the deficit Indy instantly faced, however in this backfield there isn't much appeal anyways.
2013 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With him only having 5 carries in this one, Brown wasn't much effective. He busted off a nice 26 yard run early and proceeded to gain only 12 from then on out. One would think that because Indy got comfortable early that they gave Trent the reps that his drafted tag gets him, just trying to get him in the flow, so it ended up hurting Brown's statsheet because of it. It still seems that Brown is the feature back going forward as they've shown when they've needed some sort of pop from the backfield.
2013 Week 16 vs KC (10 / 79 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)
Donald Brown had himself a game. He was getting runs early and finding space when doing so. He scored both of Indy's TD; the first being off a check down pass from Luck, however no defenders were around him when he caught it and he went up the sideline untouched for 33 yards. His second TD came on another hustle play as Luck gave him the draw out of shotgun, Brown burst through the line and cut it outside, made a man miss, broke a handful of tackles, tip-toed down the sideline and scored from 51 yards out. Announcers on the game felt that Brown stepped out somewhere around the 10 but the officials didn't see it that way as the call stood. Richardson ended up with more carries than Brown however you can chalk that up to the Colts staff just getting Trent reps to keep him active and on the field- this game belong to Brown and it really showed his hustle and will to get the most out of a given play.
2013 Week 17 vs JAX (12 / 31 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)
Scoring the first TD of the game on Indy's first drive from one yard out, it looked as if Brown could be in line to have himself a game- however that wouldn't be the case as Indy found a groove passing the ball and stuck with it. It didn't help that Brown didn't do much else after his TD run, netting a Trent Richardson-esque YPC (2.6) and not doing anything on the three passes he caught. As mentioned, running the ball wasn't the Colts focal point in this one and Brown never got into a groove because of it. But make no mistake, in the playoffs the Colts won't have a problem leaning on Brown if that gamplan becomes needed.
2013 Week 18 vs KC (11 / 55 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)
Not getting a touch on their opening drive, Brown had to wait for his time to make an impact, but it certainly did that when he was able to; with Richardson fumbling on his first carry of the game, it was all Brown with the runs after that- averaging 5 a pop in this one. He caught four passes, one leading to a three yard TD in the third quarter. The drive before that he punched it in on the goal line, giving him back to back TDs. The game however was almost lost on his goal line fumble on a later drive- luckily Andrew Luck (literally) jumped to the rescue, recovering and scoring on the play. In a game where it was a shootout, there wasn't much done on the ground- however it would be an injustice to not mention Brown as having a major impact on the outcome of this game.
2013 Week 19 vs NE (17 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Not being able to focus on the run much as the score dictated their gameplan, Donald Brown still ended up with 17 carries in this one. The YPC wasn't anything special as it was sub-4.0 and he didn't get into the endzone either as the Pats run D showed up in this one as well. Brown did his job in pass protection picking up a couple key blocks that would've certainly ended in sacks if he didn't chip the blitzing defender. Getting most his rushes in the shotgun, the quick handoff and up the middle rush was ineffective with the Pats clogging up the holes that he was running to. With Brown being a free agent this summer, and the Colts having the burden of TRich, Donald reasonably could've played his last game as a Colt. However he'd surely latch on somewhere as he showed late in the season, when healthy, he can carry the load of being a team's lead back.
2012 Week 1 vs CHI (9 / 48 / 1 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
36 of Browns 48 yards came on two carries during the same drive of the second quarter. Both plays were up the gut and Brown showed good speed and power in running through trash and plowing his way into the end zone on the second carry. Aside from that, he was frequently stuffed behind the line of scrimmage or for minimal gain. Luck tried to get him involved in the passing game, but on two different plays, Brown was open and took his eyes off the ball before he made the catch. In both cases, Brown was open and the ball hit him in the hands. However, because he turned his attention up field instead of making the catch, he dropped the ball.
2012 Week 2 vs MIN (16 / 45 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown is the lead back in Indianapolis but that isn't worth any more this year than it has been in the past. He didn't look particularly good against the Vikings, never finding much of a hole and getting tripped up too often, ending up with a paltry 2.8 yards per carry. He was never targeted as a receiver and was not much of a factor in this game.
2012 Week 3 vs JAX (18 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)
Brown tallied 62 yards against the Jaguars, and he earned every single one. The Colts' offensive line was overmatched by the Jaguars front and rarely ever created running lanes or pushed them off the line of scrimmage. Brown was repeatedly fighting forward with defenders all over him to gain positive yardage. Save for a few plays where he could escape to the sideline, Brown was mostly working very hard for two and three yard gains. Brown finally broke into open field with his sole reception in the fourth quarter. The runningback caught a check down pass in plenty of space underneath as the Jaguars dropped deep. Pozluzny had Brown in single coverage but was caught looking in the backfield as Brown cut infield after faking a run to the flat. Brown then used his blocking well to gain the sideline for a huge gain. Brown could be a really productive runner with a better offensive line infront of him.
2012 Week 5 vs GB (17 / 84 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Packers were over-aggressive against the Colts and Donald Brown was able to take advantage in turning in one of his better days as a pro. The type of things Brown was able to take advantage of were typified by a run in the second quarter. The Packers came heavy, the first two players flying by Brown, one tumbling by before he even had the ball and the second so out of position the best he could do was try to arm tackle Brown. Brown than used his speed to turn upfield and outrun the defenders for a nice gain. Brown was able to make people miss in the backfield and by avoiding early contact, take advantage of the gap between the rushers and the next level of the defense.
2012 Week 8 vs TEN (14 / 80 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown returned from injury to carry the ball 14 times for 80 yards against the Titans porous rush defense. Brown's best runs came in overtime as he was given the ball on six consecutive downs resulting in 39 yards. At that point the Titans defense was out of energy and Brown ran up the middle with balance and power to help put the Colts in position to win the game. Despite the injury and the reduced workload throughout the game, Brown showed good acceleration to the hole and the Colts offensive line responded by opening ample running room for him. Brown is still caught in the backfield far too frequently and did not show adequate burst to the sideline. That said, he continues to be a reliable runner between the tackles able to break the occasional long run.
2012 Week 10 vs JAX (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown ran well against the Jags on Thursday night but simply did not get enough carries to be worthwhile as a starter in fantasy. Brown shared the load with RB Ballard almost evenly, which hurt both players value and made neither of them productive as a result. The Colts had the luxury of being able to run the ball often as they controlled the ball for most of this game, allowing both Brown and Ballard to get significant work. Brown did run with toughness and was determined to get every yard available. The Colts gave Brown mostly simple running plays, dives and one cut rushes designed to attack the middle of the defense. QB Luck used Brown as an option to audible to when the defense showed a promising look against the run. He has become a more reliable back in the passing and running game, though the he did not register a catch on Thursday. Unfortunately for Brown, he cannot be trusted as a fantasy option unless he gets the bulk of the carries on the ground, for whatever reason.
2012 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Brown showed good patience and burst with his first carry that went for nine yards. Brown was next involved at the beginning of the Colts' two minute drill before the half. He lined up as a wide receiver and ran a shallow crossing route, but Luck threw the ball behind him and they couldn't connect. Luck went straight back to Brown two plays later when he was lined up as a receiver to the other side of the field. Brown caught the ball and carried it forward for eight yards unopposed. Another reception on the same drive came when Brown worked back to his quarterback behind the line of scrimmage late in the play. He was tackled behind the line of scrimmage however. Brown's first carry of the third quarter came on the Colts' second drive when he skipped through a hole at the line of scrimmage for a six yard gain. The Colts went straight back to him and he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage however. Brown took a delayed handoff to the edge for a first down and five yards when he broke multiple tackles.
2012 Week 12 vs BUF (10 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Like Ballard, Brown was stymied by a tough Bill's rushing defense on Sunday. Getting 10 carries, Brown averaged a weak 2.6 yards a carry, with a long of 11. After struggling with some knee issues coming off arthroscopic surgery, Brown looked healthy, but couldn't get much going. Like Ballard, Brown's best run came when he bounced outside on the Colts' final drive of the game. Working through the hole, Brown was able to get the edge and pick up an important first down to get the Colts out of the shadow of their own end zone. Brown also had one catch, picking up 23 yards on the play. Brown caught the quick out and slipped the initial tackle before turning up field and working down the sideline before finally getting pushed out of bounds.
2012 Week 13 vs DET (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown had no success running the football against the Lions on Sunday and was hardly involved in the passing game either. Brown got many carries, most simple carries up the middle, but was frequently met with defenders at the line. Brown never got to the second level or found room to rip off a big gain. Brown was only a checkdown option in the passing game also, producing mediocre gains when Luck targeted him. The Colts gave RB Ballard a heavier workload on the ground, who performed better and is clearly the more powerful back. The Colts also abandoned the rushing attack rather early, as it became clear they would have to win this game on the arm of QB Luck. Ballard gets more touches than Brown on the ground and makes Brown a very low value commodity as a fantasy player.
2011 Week 5 vs KC (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown ran like a man possessed when he got a chance, clearly inspired that it was Carter and not him that got the chance when Addai left the game. Led the Colts in yards per carry and many of those carries were straight into the teeth of the Chiefs defense. The main difference between Brown and Carter was that Brown hit the hole hard and then moved the pile forward. At the same time, Brown seemed more adept at exercising patience when running outside.
2011 Week 6 vs CIN (5 / 35 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown was quiet in this game apart from one big play. Brown was able to scurry to the outside on a running play that was well blocked and he simply used speed to turn the corner and race for the touchdown, looking well doing so. Apart from this, the bulk of the carries on the ground were given to RB Carter and Painter spreads the ball around so well in the passing game that it's unlikely Brown's production this week can be counted on at all.
2011 Week 7 vs NO (9 / 47 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown is merely a change of pace/3rd down back for the Colts, but is looking better since Addai's hamstring injury opened the door for his touches to increase. Brown makes good use of his limited touches when they are in space and he seems to be the more trusted back in pass protection.
2011 Week 8 vs TEN (10 / 33 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Early on it looked as if Donald Brown was relegated as a pure back up, but produced some yardage numbers and even a touchdown. Owners don't get too excited about anything about Browns day, his lack of aggressiveness even made mild mannered Jim Caldwell steam a couple times today. What should mystify people is Carter massively outplayed Brown on the field today yet the coaching staff stubbornly stuck with Brown for a couple drives and even rewarded him with a few attempts inside the 10 yard line, resulting in a 4 yard touchdown.
2011 Week 9 vs ATL (16 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown is having a nice bounce back season for the Colts where nobody expected much out of him. Brown exploited any sizable hole the Colts offensive line managed to open and he ran through it with speed to get every last yard. Brown got the bulk of the carries and showed the Colts he can get it done and can possibly carry the load going forward. Brown had several big runs up the middle and ran hard through defenders. He may have taken the starting role from RB Carter. The Colts lean on the running game a lot these days as the passing game simply is too vulnerable to be done all the time. Brown has value and if can keep running hard for his team, he could stick around to remain the starter next year where his production will likely be far greater if he can remain the main back.
2011 Week 10 vs JAX (14 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)
Brown, playing in place of injured RB Joseph Addai and jumping ahead of Delone Carter on the depth chart, made good use of his expanded role, despite having limited opportunities due to the Colts playing from behind in the 4th quarter against a very good Jacksonville defense. While not a powerful runner between the tackles, Brown showed very good vision and elusiveness as well as an ability to slip through creases in tight running lanes to pick up yardage that was available in traffic. This was demonstrated on his second and third carries, picking up 24 and 9 on those 2 runs respectively. On occasion, though, Brown tried to bounce the run outside, only to lose yardage or make minimal gains as he was unable to beat the pursuit to the edge. Excluding the 2 nice runs early and a 13 yarder in the second quarter, Brown's other 11 carries only gained 7 yards. Jacksonville's defense has made a habit of shutting down the opponent's run game, so this was no surprise, but perhaps if the Colts had not fallen behind late, Brown could have seen more than the 2 carries he had in the 4th quarter and could have had a little more opportunity for success.
2011 Week 12 vs CAR (14 / 80 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown far outproduced Joseph Addai in the Colts backfield and injected some life into the rushing attack with his hard running style between the tackles. Brown appeared more urgent and read his blocks very well to make the cutback. The Colts had a lot of success with the HB lead play, where the full back would kick out the linebacker and Brown would follow. An injury to the full back in the second half definitely had a negative effect on the Colts' rushing offense. Brown continued to run with a physical edge all game long and capped off his solid display with a rushing touchdown as he bounced it outside off right tackle and fought through a tackle to the end zone. With Delone Carter's propensity to fumble the football and Addai's poor play, Brown looks like the back to own going forward in Indianapolis.
2011 Week 13 vs NE (14 / 41 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Brown started off the game just slamming into the line with little regard for where an opening might be. As the game wore on he became more selective and actually made a couple of nice cuts to gain extra yardage. He made a really nice catch on a high pass from Orlovsky in the third quarter and then used his blockers well to turn it into a 15 yard gain. His touchdown drive started with him deftly stiff arming a defender in the backfield before sprinting around the right side for the Colts' first TD of the day.
2011 Week 14 vs BAL (9 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
Brown had a tough day but that was also to be expected. The Baltimore rush defense is one of the top in NFL, and they showed it off today. They left no room for Brown to run. But Brown did have a nice couple 8 to 9 yard runs that showcased some nice lateral agility. He got more snaps & carries than the other two running backs. Hopefully the Colts will continue to play him so they can see what they have in their former first round selection.
2011 Week 15 vs TEN (16 / 161 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Brown continues to pick up the opportunities dropped by Delone Carter and run with them. Against the Titans he once again showed that he may indeed be a viable replacement for Joseph Addai. Brown runs with excellent pad level and despite a lack of general quickness, he shows good vision behind the line and decent straight line speed. His best play of the day came on an 80 yard touchdown run that effectively iced the game for the Colts. On the play, Brown received the handoff in the backfield and was almost immediately gang-tackled by three Titans defenders. However, he managed to maintain his balance and drive his legs through the contact, ultimately breaking free and scampering to a long touchdown. Brown is an afterthought in the passing game but does stay in as a blocker on some third downs. The Colts appear comfortable having him carry the load and he has rewarded their faith by being consistent as a runner, particularly between the tackles.
2011 Week 16 vs HOU (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Largely ineffective in the first half, Brown had a pair of 10+ yard runs during key fourth quarter drives which seemed to earn him more playing time through the end of the game. He had problems making it much past the line the rest of the time as there were few holes for the Colts backs to run through.
2011 Week 17 vs JAX (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Brown had a tough day as the Colts featured RB Joseph Addai as their lead back. Brown got the same amount of carries but Addai was on the field for more plays than Brown. But Brown looked like the most explosive of all their running backs. Brown ran hard but there wasn't much for him. Overall, this was a good season for Brown as the Colts were all but giving up on him at the start of the season but he ended up being the most productive Colts running back this year.
2010 Week 1 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Brown had very little impact in week 1 against Houston, catching one ball for seven yards and not registering a carry. The Colts reliance on Joseph Addai as a pass blocker in passing situations kept Brown on the bench for most of the game.
2010 Week 2 vs NYG (16 / 69 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Brown also faced the same soft defensive set up, and proved to be just as effective running the ball. Brown was untouched on an 11 yard touchdown run in the red zone and followed his blocks perfectly all day. He wasn't asked to do much else on the day apart from gash the Giants up front all day and making Manning's job that much easier.
2010 Week 3 vs DEN (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown ran with urgency and burst, bulling his way to a first down deep in Colts territory on his best run of the day, and giving Indy a little more physical presence in the run game. Brown did get a red zone carry and red zone target, but neither had any chance of working. His numbers of touches will continue to fluctuate wildly.
2010 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown, on the other hand, did nothing to make the Colts feel better about their selection of him in the first round. One would think that this opportunity would be seized by Brown and that he would take advantage of an increased workload. But Brown consistently looked lost out there, as he ran into his own linemen, and was unable to find the creases that Hart found. Then Brown mysteriously disappeared from the game. The announcers said he got injured, but it was odd that he was on the field before a timeout, then not on the field after the timeout. Also, Peyton was clearly shaking his head as he walked off the field before the timeout. It's just speculation, but at this point, Brown is quickly headed to "bust" status.
2010 Week 9 vs PHI (15 / 50 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown drew the start in Week 9 against the Eagles mostly by default. Both Joseph Addai and Mike Hart were inactive due to injuries, which opened the door for Brown. Brown could not find any room to run all day, rushing for only 50 yards on 15 carries, none of which topped nine yards. Brown caught a few passes out of the backfield to increase some of his fantasy value, but Brown did not show any signs of either being an explosive runner or even being able to make people miss or to pick up yards after contact. Fourth string running back Javarris James replaced Brown twice in goal line situations and James scored twice - adding more proof that Brown is the problem, not the ground game. Brown should move further back down the depth chart once either Hart or Addai is ready.
2010 Week 10 vs CIN (12 / 50 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown performed admirably in the wake of his injury with 50 yards on just 12 carries. Unfortunately for him (and his owners), Javarris James was given most of the red zone work and all of the goal-line carries. Even so, Brown showed enough burst and running ability to warrant a much bulkier workload in the future.
2010 Week 11 vs NE (17 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Donald Brown was largely bottled up by the stout and fired up Patriots defense for the first half of this game. Brown's success came on draw plays from the shotgun when he had an extra split second to read the offensive line's blocks and make his cut. He was indecisive on a couple of runs, chopping his feet behind the line of scrimmage instead of cutting and going upfield. Brown's best run of the day was a 36 yard scamper during which he showed off the qualities that made him a first round pick - balance, shiftiness and speed. Brown also got involved in the passing game as the Colts mounted their comeback on short check down routes.
2010 Week 12 vs SD (11 / 24 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Brown was the majority ball carrier for the Colts, with 11 of the team's 13 rushes. But he didn't do much with them, as his long gain went for just eight yards and he never was able to establish any sort of rhythm. He was extensively featured in the passing game, most of the damage coming early on when the Colts offense was still somewhat effective. After halftime, the Chargers mostly clamped down on them and Brown was stifled at just about every turn.
2010 Week 13 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Brown was ineffective against the Cowboys and ceded a number of carries to Mike Hart and Javarris James as the game wore on.†Brown caught one pass on a short screen play††but was otherwise unable to gain positive yardage against a Cowboys defense that was constantly applying pressure to the Colts backfield.
2010 Week 14 vs TEN (15 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Brown had a similar day to James running the football against 7 man fronts and 2 deep safeties. Manning would audible frequently to simple dive or stretch plays and Brown was used a lot in this role, similar to James. Like James, he never was able to rip off a huge gain or even score on the goal line but he gave the Colts a reliable and solid yet unspectacular rushing attack that picked up first downs. Unlike James however, Brown remains a factor in the passing game and caught some short passes for first downs, though he did drop a screen pass early in the game. Brown ran the ball to keep the Titans honest and did what the Colts asked of him, all the while lacking big play potential and red zone touches.
2010 Week 15 vs JAX (14 / 129 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Brown has been virtually worthless over the last month, leading many to wonder if Brown was a complete bust for the Colts. Then out of nowhere comes this game. Brown ripped off a long 49 yard run on the opening drive, where he ran through a huge hole and got down inside the ten yard line. Then he ran a 43 yarder around the left side and took it to the house in the third quarter. On that play, he showed great speed, getting to the edge, and then outrunning the secondary. However, even with his success, he only had 14 carries, and the Colts still rely on the passing game. Also, this week Dominic Rhodes seemed to be on the field quite a bit as well, which kept Brown from getting short yardage situations.
2010 Week 16 vs OAK (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown looked pretty good in the first half, as he showed solid strength, including a nice run where he leveled the defender, and then kept going up the left sideline for a 12 yard gain. But apparently his first half didn't satisfy the Colts, as he didn't get a carry in the 2nd half.
2009 Week 1 vs JAX (11 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Brown ran hard and looked comfortable in his debut, getting more yards after contact than Addai, and looking very good in his routes and when catching the ball as a receiver, but he failed to gain one yard in two shots to ice the game, so his chances of getting a goal line role might have lessened greatly for now. Still, he looked just as good in this offense as Addai did, and he threw a terrific downfield block to free Reggie Wayne on another key first down late, so the coaches have to be happy with the rookie.
2009 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 26 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
Brown only got four touches, but he made quite an impression on the national TV audience. He hauled in a wheel route late in the first half to help set up a field goal, and he would not be denied on his fourth quarter TD run, breaking at least two tackles while "running hot" on the way to the end zone. He will definitely get consideration for more work going forward.
2009 Week 3 vs ARI (14 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 72 / 0 rec)
Brown once again got most of his touches in the second half, especially the fourth quarter, and helped the Colts salt the game away. He ran strong, even though his yards per carry didn't indicate it, because he was often met in the backfield. Brown's 72-yard reception was a catch and run that exploited blown coverage by Adrian Wilson, but it also highlighted Brown's speed. He did get some red zone snaps and touches, but couldn't get in the end zone - although he did have one reception that he took inside the 20 and barely stepped out while tightroping the sidelines.
2009 Week 4 vs SEA (9 / 33 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
On the first drive, Brown took over for Addai inside the 10, and scored a short TD. He looked good on most of his carries, but neither he nor Addai got the ball often enough to build any momentum. Brown had a fumble at the sideline, and was lucky it wasn't called the Seahawks ball, as it appeared it was touched on its way out of bounds. Brown was not featured in the passing game.
2009 Week 5 vs TEN (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Brown was used sparingly on Sunday night touching the ball just 8 times for 35 total yards. Brown entered the game in the 3rd series (Addai allegedly comes out when he wants to according to the broadcasters) and was effective, but not spectacular when on the field throughout the game. He continues to run hard with good field vision and displays soft hands out of the backfield. He remains a decent flex play with a limited ceiling until his role grows with the Colts.
2009 Week 7 vs STL (2 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown looked very fast and explosive, much more than Joseph Addai, whenever he had the ball in his hands. Brown had a great run down the left side in the first quarter, nearly scoring on a long 45-yard dash along the sideline. Brown punished defenders upon first contact, but one of those hits hurt Brown's left shoulder and he was forced from the game. With the contest well in hand, Brown was kept on the bench to avoid further injury.
2009 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Rookie running back Donald Brown returned to action against New England but only saw the ball five times. With the Colts down big on the scoreboard, Brown's hard-running style was not required to be a part of the offense so Indianapolis used Joseph Addai more in the backfield for his pass protection and receiver skills. Look for more of Brown next week against Baltimore as they will likely need to pound the ball hard inside.
2009 Week 11 vs BAL (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Since coming back from his shoulder injury Donald Brown has been used sparingly in the Colts backfield. In week 11, this trend continued as he only touched the ball 4 times. Brown is looking a little tentative and hesitating at the point of attack. This plagued him on 3 of his 4 carries this week. Brighter days are ahead for the 1st round pick.
2009 Week 12 vs HOU (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Brown had a nice day carrying the ball 5 times for 27 yards. He also had two receptions. Brown was used primarily to spell Addai on obvious running downs between the 20's. He is still getting about 1 touch for every 3 that Addai receives. He did miss a key block in the passing game, however, blocking his own man instead of the Texans pass rusher.
2009 Week 16 vs NYJ (15 / 22 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Brown came in for the second series and ran for a 9-yard gain on first down. But then, he was stopped on 2nd and short. Then 3rd and short - then AGAIN on 4th down (but a penalty was called, giving the Colts the first down). Brown showed good receiving hands, and later he did score from one yard out, but aside from his goal line carry, couldn't get anything going on the ground.
2009 Week 17 vs BUF (4 / -4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown got a handful of carries early, and he was either met at the line, or swarmed when he tried to break a run outside. He gave way to Mike Hart after having little success in the first quarter.
2009 Week 19 vs BAL (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Brown saw a little extra work this week spelling Joseph Addai when Addai left with a shoulder injury. However, Brown had little room to flash his game when called upon; gaining just 10 yards on 6 carries. Brown still appears to be the more dynamic looking runner out of all of the Colts backfield options. He is biding his time at this point. The future looks bright for the young man out of UConn.
2009 Week 20 vs NYJ (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown only had a few carries, and was used to spell Addai rather than share carries with him. This is contrary to how the two backs were used in the regular season, but it shows that he hasn't exactly overtaken Addai on the depth chart.