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34 Donald Brown RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/207 | Birthdate: 4/11/1987 | Birthplace: Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Connecticut | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 85/37 | Average Draft Position: 168.70
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Ryan Mathews happy to have Donald Brown in San Diego


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews isn't upset in the least that the team signed Donald Brown this offseason. In fact, he's welcoming it with open arms.

"I can't wait," Mathews said about playing with Brown, per U-T San Diego

Mathews is coming off of a career season but an ankle injury kept him limited down the stretch. While it's expected that Brown will help shoulder the load a little bit -- Mathews has been called the "bell cow" numerous times by general manager Tom Telesco -- Mathews anticipates that if he wants to play 16 games and break the 1,255 yards he had last year, he'll need Brown to fill in for him. 

"I (want to) make it more than 16 games," Mathews said. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games. The coaches did a good job of getting another guy like Donald to help me out. It's going to be fun."


GM: Donald Brown to play 'supplemental' role


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/4/2014) When asked about the signing of Donald Brown, Chargers general manager Tom Telesco told 1090 The Fan in San Diego on Friday that Brown will "help supplement" the ground game and referred to him as a great player who can do some different things than Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Telesco also made clear that Mathews is the team's top running back. 

Telesco said similar statements back in late March to the station. Brown was signed this spring to a three-year deal by Telesco, who helped scout Brown when he was with the Colts in 2009. 


Donald Brown expected to get 5-10 touches per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) New Chargers running back Donald Brown will see five to 10 touches per game and serve as insurance in case Ryan Mathews gets hurt, according to a projection by the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper noted Brown played 16 games for the first time last season.

McCoy hints at hot-hand approach for running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy indicated Tuesday during the NFL owners meetings that he plans to use a hot-hand approach with his running backs in 2014 following the addition of Donald Brown joining Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

McCoy said his background after working for John Fox in Carolina is using multiple running backs.

"You get in there, you get on a little bit of a roll and you’re going to stay in there," McCoy said. "Donald is a perfect fit for our system, and that’s why we went after him and got him. He understands what we want to do offensively, not only in the passing game but in the running game and pass protection. ... We'll let Donald come in there and show us what he can do, and we'll try to take advantage of what he does best and go with the flow of the game."


Chargers' GM addresses crowded backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday on 1090AM that Ryan Mathews remains the "bell cow" despite the addition of Donald Brown as a free agent this offseason, reports ESPN.

"We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."


Making sense of the Chargers running back corps


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Donald Brown saved the Colts' run game last year and became an example of a running back playing to some career-high standards whilst in a contract year. The payoff could have led to a starting job, but instead Brown finds himself in another running back mess with the Chargers.

The Chargers seemingly did this to secure depth at the position and to safeguard against not having a back in case Ryan Mathews and/or Danny Woodhead leave via free agency next offseason. They also picked up a back who can do anything Mathews or Woodhead does -- Brown is a good runner and receiver.

The feeling here is that Mathews will remain the primary rusher for the Chargers. The team went 6-0 in games he had at least 20 carries (8-2 in games where he had at least 16 carries), a stat the coaches will have a hard time ignoring. Brown could keep Mathews from 24-plus carry games like he had toward the end of last season but we'll still see Mathews dominate. Brown should also reduce Woodhead's touches, particularly after he faded down the stretch last season. 

But even with this piecemeal workload from Mathews and Woodhead, it's tough to envision Brown getting enough work to be the same kind of helpful Fantasy rusher he was last year. I might take him with a mid-round pick. 


Donald Brown heads west, joins Chargers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) With the Colts bringing Ahmad Bradshaw back, there was going to be an odd man out in the backfield, and that turned out to be Donald Brown. Brown has agreed to join the Chargers, according to NFL.com, though terms of the deal are not yet known. 

Brown emerged as the team's primary back in the second half of last season, finishing with a career-best 5.3 yards per carry and six rushing touchdowns. Brown rushed for 537 yards on 102 carries and added 214 yards on 27 catches, the latter of which are both career-highs.

Brown will have to fight for playing time yet again, joining a crowded backfield that already features Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. 


Who will start for Colts at running back?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) It remains unclear who will start at running back for the Colts, and the question could stay unanswered until Week 1, reports ESPN.com. Trent Richardson is coming back from a shoulder cleanup, Vick Ballard is returning from a torn ACL, and Donald Brown is headed to free agency.

General manager Ryan Grigson is in no rush to provide the answer.

“At any point in time you'll know how we do things with the Colts, it's the best players play,” he told the website. “Iron sharp as iron. We're going to try to have the most competition at each position group and whoever wins that spot is going to be the starter and it's who is going to get us to that next level, which is Super Bowl XLIX and that's the mindset. You're either all in or all out."


Report: Jets interested in Ben Tate, Donald Brown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Although their greatest needs are at wide receiver and tight end, the Jets are exploring free agent running backs Ben Tate (Texans) and Donald Brown (Colts), reports ESPN.com. The news could mean the Jets aren't totally satisfied with the backfield combo of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.


GM: Chargers to discuss deal with Donald Butler


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Contract negotiations between the Chargers and inside linebacker Donald Butler will resume after the Super Bowl. That's the word from general manager Tom Telesco, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Brown, whose deal runs out in March, was moderately productive in 2013. He recorded 84 tackles, but managed just a half-sack and one interception. His sack total was the lowest of his career.


Donald Brown racks up 63 yards in playoff loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Colts running back Donald Brown wasn't much of a factor as he was held out of the end zone in Saturday's Divisional Playoff loss to the Patriots.

Brown was held in check for most of the game before breaking loose for a 16-yard run late in the fourth quarter with the game well out of hand. He rushed for 63 yards on 17 carries (3.7 yards per carry) in a 43-22 loss.

Brown emerged as the team's leading rusher this season, ending his 2013 campaign with 102 carries for 537 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and six touchdowns.

Donald Brown thriving after contact


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2014) Colts running back Donald Brown continues to enjoy a career resurgence, and he's doing a lot of his damage after contact. Brown leads the NFL with an average of 3.3 yards per carry after contact, ahead of Andre Ellington (3.2), Adrian Peterson (3.0) and Chris Ivory (3.0), according to Pro Football Focus.

Brown ran 11 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 47 yards and another score in the playoff win over Kansas City. Brown averaged 5.3 yards per carry in the regular season and has scored five times in the past three games. He'll visit the Patriots on Saturday.


Donald Brown scores two key touchdowns


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Colts running back Donald Brown received plenty of work in Saturday's Wild Card playoff game against the Chiefs, especially after Trent Richardson fumbled on his first carry. 

Brown had 15 touches between the running and passing game, as he finished with 55 yards on 11 carries and four receptions for 47 yards. He scored twice as the Colts mounted a furious comeback, capping consecutive drives with a 10-yard run and a 3-yard reception to get into the end zone. 

Brown assumed the lead running back duties toward the end of the season, and the team's lack of faith in Richardson is obvious. He should continue to receive the bulk of the work in the next round, when the Colts take on either the Broncos or Patriots. 


Donald Brown and Trent Richardson score Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Both Colts running backs Donald Brown and Trent Richardson managed to score Week 17.

Brown carried the ball 12 times for 31 yards. He punched in a 1 yard touchdown in the first quarter to begin the scoring. Brown also caught three passes for 4 yards. Richardson carried eight times for 25 rushing yards. He scored on a 2 yard run in the first quarter. Richardson caught two passes for 17 yards. 


Donald Brown a risky play Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Colts running back Donald Brown is a risky play Week 17 against the Jaguars.

Jacksonville presents a good matchup for Brown. The team has allowed opposing running backs to average 19.20 Fantasy points per game. Through 15 games, the team has allowed 18 rushing touchdowns. The team also allows running backs to rush for an average of 112 yards per game. The first time the teams met this season, Brown carried just three times for 65 yards. 

The problem is, Brown isn't a reliable runner. Though he's shown more ability than Trent Richardson, the team continues to rely on Richardson as the primary workhorse. Brown has had good games with Richardson, but it's just too difficult to rely on him as a Fantasy starter. He has decent upside, but the risk outweighs the rewards, even when the matchup is great.


Donald Brown smashes Chiefs for 110 total yards and two TDs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Colts running back Donald Brown collected 79 yards on 10 carries and 31 yards on two catches with a rushing score and a receiving score on big plays to help his team upend the Chiefs 23-7 in Kansas City on Sunday. 

Brown's first touchdown came on a 33-yard catch-and-run where Luck checked-down to the back and he had tons of room to run. He avoided two Chiefs defenders and just got inside the front right pylon for the Colts' first touchdown of the game. 

In the third quarter Brown ran through the right guard, picked up a block and then broke away from one Chiefs defender and leaped over another as he kept his feet in bounds for a 51-yard score. It was all the Colts needed to put away the sloppy Chiefs defense. 

Brown will take on the Jaguars at home in Week 17 before the Colts host a home game in the playoffs. 


Pain in the neck can't keep Donald Brown out


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013)
Colts running back Donald Brown (neck) is active and in uniform for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, despite landing on the Week 16 injury report. Brown had been considered probable to play, so his status doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Colts list six probables for game against Chiefs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Six Colts have been designated as probable for their Sunday clash against Kansas City, including top linebacker Robert Mathis (rest) and featured back Donald Brown (neck).

The others are wide receiver LaVon Brazill (foot), nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin (rest), fullback Stanley Havili (knee) and center Samson Satele (elbow).


Trio of banged-up Colts work Friday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Colts received several encouraging signs Friday at practice, specifically the participation of running back Donald Brown (neck), cornerback Greg Toler (groin) and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (shoulder). All had been considered iffy for Sunday at Kansas City.

Their status for that game will be clearer when the team releases its injury list later in the day.


Donald Brown could be candidate to start Week 16


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Colts running back Donald Brown bowed out early Week 15 vs. Houston because of a stinger, but he made it onto the practice field Wednesday, indicating he's got a strong chance to be on the field Week 16 at Kansas City. If that happens, Fantasy owners need to give strong consideration to putting Brown into active Fantasy lineups.

Despite the Chiefs being one of the better teams in the NFL this season, they have had their issues against the run, particularly as of late. In the last six games, running backs are averaging 117.2 rushing yards and 24 Fantasy points per week against Kansas City. Running backs have totaled eight touchdowns (six rushing) in that span.

There's obviously some concern Brown might suffer a setback Sunday or Trent Richardson could get more touches after he played well in Brown's absence last week. But Brown is a better running back in this offense and likely didn't lose his starter reps because he got banged up last week. If Brown is in the lineup Sunday, then he deserves consideration as a No. 3 Fantasy running back or flex option because of the matchup.


Donald Brown fine for Wednesday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Any pessimism over the availability of Colts running back Donald Brown for the Week 16 game at Kansas City has dissipated. He was a Wednesday practice participant after sustaining a stinger on Sunday.

Donald Brown listed as day to day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn't give a detailed update Monday on the status of running back Donald Brown other than to say he is day to day after suffering a stinger Sunday against the Texans.

Donald Brown doesn't end up returning


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Colts running back Donald Brown left in the first quarter Week 15 against the Texans with a stinger and missed the rest of the game. He was off to a good start before the injury, bouncing back from an 11-yard effort last week with five carries for 38 yards.

Trent Richardson played well in his absence, picking up 60 yards on his final nine carries. He also had four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Brown's status for Week 16 at Kansas City is unknown as of now. If he's forced to miss the game, Richardson would get the bulk of the work out of the backfield.


Donald Brown leaves early with stinger


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Colts running back Donald Brown suffered a stinger in the first quarter Week 15 against the Texans and had to leave the game. He was off to a good start, carrying the ball five times for 38 yards to bounce back from an 11-yard effort last week.

He is questionable to return. Trent Richardson figures to get more playing time in his absence.


Better matchup for Donald Brown


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) As expected, Colts running back Donald Brown wasn't much of a factor against a top-five Bengals run defense last week, but the outlook is better for him Week 15 against the Texans.

Houston ranks 21st against the run this season, allowing 118.5 yards per game, and has given up the 11th-most Fantasy points to running backs this season. The Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 187 yards in two games against them, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He has averaged 3.0 yards per carry in his other 11 games this season.

Brown picked up 49 yards on six carries when he visited the Texans in Week 9, but the Colts were relying more on Trent Richardson back then. Brown seems to be their preferred backfield option right now.

Against a struggling team that just fired its head coach, the Colts could jump out to an early lead and rely on Brown to close out the game, but Texans have played the Jaguars and Patriots close the last couple weeks. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all rank Brown among their top 20 running backs for this week, but given the uncertain backfield situation and inconsistent offensive philosophy, he's better used as a flex option in Fantasy.