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Donald Brown | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 207
College: Connecticut
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Donald Brown admitted that "I need to make more guys miss."
Operating without center Nick Hardwick (IR, neck) and Ryan Mathews (week to week, knee), the Chargers run game has been anemic. Over the last two weeks, Brown has reverted to "Dammit Donald" status while rushing 41 times for 81 yards (1.97 YPC) and no touchdowns. "It's a collective effort. It starts with me," Brown said. "I need to make more guys miss. It doesn't matter who's blocked or unblocked, and just make more plays." Brown will be a poor bet to get going against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. Sep 30 - 10:30 AM

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Donald Brown managed 19 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 35 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Jaguars.

He also dropped a third-quarter pass. Morphing back into non-contract-year Donald Brown, the ex-Colt now has 42 carries for 81 yards (1.93 YPC) the past two weeks. The Chargers began giving UDFA Branden Oliver work at Brown's expense in the second half of Sunday's victory. Despite significant workloads, Brown has settled in as a flex option only entering a Week 5 matchup with the Jets' stout run defense. The Bolts need Ryan Mathews (knee) back if they're going to have a functional rushing attack.
Sep 28 - 7:56 PM

Chargers OC Frank Reich said the team will "keep calling" running plays.

"We have a lot of confidence in what we're doing. We have a lot of confidence in the players we have doing it," Reich said. "Even last week, as bad as the run game was in the sense of averaging 2 yards a carry, we're still getting runs called." The Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.4 yards per carry, but are tied for fifth in the league with 97 attempts. Donald Brown will get his chances this week against a horrid Jaguars rush defense. He is a solid RB1.
Sep 27 - 10:43 AM

Donald Brown rushed 31 times for 62 yards and caught five passes for 27 yards against the Bills Week 3.

The rushing performance was not as bad as the 2.0 YPC would indicate, as eight of the carries came in the fourth quarter with the Chargers in clock-killing mode. More important than the performance, Brown was the unquestioned lead-back after Danny Woodhead (ankle) exited the game. Woodhead's injury looked to be serious, and Ryan Mathews (knee) is not due back for at least another three weeks. The Chargers will likely bring in some help, but Brown should get a heavy workload against the Jaguars next week.
Sep 21 - 4:20 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego expects Donald Brown to "absorb the bulk" of Ryan Mathews' work in Mathews' (MCL sprain) 4-6 week absence.

Beat writer Michael Gehlken expects Danny Woodhead to "remain in a role fairly similar to the one he currently occupies." Through two weeks, Mathews had 27 touches, totaling 117 yards with a touchdown. Woodhead should be a quality flex option in PPR leagues moving forward. Brown is the preferred pickup, particularly in non-PPR. He should lead San Diego in carries and get most of the goal-line work, although Woodhead will mix in there, too.
Sep 15 - 2:09 PM

Donald Brown rushed seven times for 21 yards in San Diego's Week 2 win over the Seahawks, adding three catches for an additional 10 yards.

Five of Brown's 10 touches came after Ryan Mathews went down with a fourth-quarter knee injury. Brown is a must add for Mathews owners as the Bolts await MRI results. Danny Woodhead will obviously see a spike in touches, but is already widely owned in fantasy leagues, while it would likely be Brown who picks up Mathews' slack on early downs. The situation should be updated multiple times over the next 24 hours.
Sep 14 - 7:56 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.

The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game. He does make for a slightly intriguing deeper-league handcuff.
Jul 22 - 6:46 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego projects 5-10 touches per game for Donald Brown this season.

As long as starter and designated "bell cow" Ryan Mathews stays healthy, Brown's role will be relatively minor. Of course, Mathews has missed 10 games through four NFL seasons, has hobbled through countless others and is entering the final year of his contract. The Chargers also project to execute one of the league's more run-heavy schemes. So Brown, who got a $10.5 million contract with $4 million guaranteed, will be well worth owning as a handcuff in fantasy circles.
Apr 2 - 9:45 AM

Chargers agreed to terms with RB Donald Brown, formerly of the Colts, on a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed. With the Chargers already having Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews, this one is a definite head scratcher. Mathews is coming off a breakout year, while Woodhead is due just $1.75 million after another strong season. It's worth noting that Bolts GM Tom Telesco is the Colts' former VP of football operations. He clearly has a soft spot for "Dammit Donald," who seemed like a lost cause until picking up the pieces for Trent Richardson last season. He'll likely serve as a deluxe Ronnie Brown, catching passes and picking up blitzes, though he's never been a terribly effective pass protector.
Mar 11 - 11:26 PM

The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt "wouldn't be surprised" if the Titans "poked around" free agents Donald Brown and Ben Tate.

Both Tate and Brown have spent the past four years in the Titans' division. Brown shredded Tennessee in two games with the Colts last season, and would be a more logical committee partner for Shonn Greene. Tate would figure to become the Titans' clear feature back. He has far more talent than Greene.
Mar 8 - 2:28 PM

The Colts are expected to make impending free agent Donald Brown a "reasonable offer."

The light finally flipped on for "Dammit Donald" in his fifth NFL season as he rushed 102 times for 537 yards (5.26 YPC) with six touchdowns. The Colts can't afford to overpay him though, as they've already given up the No. 26 overall pick in the draft for Trent Richardson. Vick Ballard (torn ACL) is also expected to return healthy. Brown is our No. 8 unrestricted free agent running back available.
Jan 14 - 10:44 AM

Donald Brown rushed 17 times for 63 yards in Indianapolis' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

He added one catch for three yards. Brown out-touched Trent Richardson 18-3, and 33-4 for the postseason. An impending free agent, Brown hits the open market on the back of his best campaign as a pro. Both his 5.3 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns were new career highs, as was his 27/214/2 line as a receiver. Brown is never going to live up to his first-round pedigree, but has morphed from "Dammit Donald" to a solid pro. He's Rotoworld's No. 8 free-agent back. The Colts are all but certain to handcuff T-Rich with a veteran free agent who could be thrust into a starting role, and there's a strong chance they stick with Brown.
Jan 12 - 12:16 AM

Donald Brown rushed 11 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in Indy's Wild Card win over the Chiefs, adding four catches for 47 yards and an additional touchdown.

Brown out-touched Trent Richardson 15-1, and was integral as the Colts erased a 28-point second-half deficit. Brown gained five or more yards on eight on his 15 touches, though he also coughed the ball up. For his sake, Indy recovered. The clear lead back for the league's most inconsistent rushing attack, Brown will be a boom-or-bust daily-league option for the remainder of the playoffs.
Jan 4 - 8:31 PM

Donald Brown rushed 12 times for 31 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for four yards in the Colts' Week 17 win over the Jaguars.

Brown opened Sunday's scoring with a one-yard goal-line leap over the top to give Indy an early 7-0 lead. They wouldn't trail from then on. Brown finishes the best regular season of his career with a 102-557-6 line as a rusher and 27 receptions, two of which went for scores. He'll remain the more dynamic half of a timeshare with Trent Richardson during January's playoffs.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Donald Brown (stinger) is absent from the Colts' Week 17 injury report.

Coming off one of his better games of the season, Brown will be in for 10-15 touches in the Colts' Week 17 playoff tune up against the Jaguars.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3Branden Oliver
4Shaun Draughn
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3RB1Donald Brown
2Branden Oliver
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Seyi Ajirotutu
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
K1Nick Novak