RB Malcolm Brown - Los Angeles Rams
|5-11, 224||Born: 5-15-1993||College: Texas||Drafted: ---|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown was the primary backup to Todd Gurley against the Ravens, but sparsely played as the Rams did not have even 50 offensive plays and could not stick with the run beyond the first quarter. Brown has held off rookie Darrell Henderson for the secondary role since returning from injury but the run game for the Rams has lost its spark from previous years to offer viable upside for Brown even if he were vaulted to the starting role.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Brown took lead back duties from Gurley with 2:23 left in the 3rd quarter. On his first third down in the game, handled blitz pickup great, de-cleating a free blitzing ILB so Goff could make the conversion on a big catch-and-run to Kupp. He showed extreme reliability as a pass protecter throughout the game. Because of the Rams lead, he got quite a bit of work to close the game out - even with the Rams staying aggressive and throwing into the 4th quarter. He is a bit of a one-speed runner and is not particularly fast, but understands blocking concepts, has patience, and has enough physicality to run through arm tackles.
2018 Week 7 vs SF (13 / 65 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Brown got a decent amount of rotational work in this game, as the Rams seemed to feel like they had no reason to run Gurley into the ground against an inferior opponent who kept turning the ball over. While he had no flashy plays, Brown was efficient as an inside runner while spelling Gurley.
2017 Week 17 vs SF (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)
Malcolm Brown filled in for Todd Gurley who rested for this game, and the difference was noticeable. Brown who ran a 4.62 40-yard dash runs hard, but speed is his biggest weakness while power is his biggest strength. He was able to make the most of a 20-yard pitch play in which he caught the ball and made contact with the initial defender about 9-yards downfield but was able to carry defenders for 11-yards. Brown did show off the trust in the receiving game as he was a check-down option for Mannion catching four of his five targets.