Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead both look sharp Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/16/14) With Ryan Mathews sidelined, Chargers running backs Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead each saw a healthy share of work Friday night against Seattle in exhibition play.
Brown got the start and ripped runs for 4 and 5 yards before Woodhead got his first touch of the night on the opening drive. Brown finished with four carries for 16 yards and two catches for 13 yards and three targets. Woodhead rushed for a 24 yards on six carries. He also caught one pass from Kellen Clemens for a gain of 5 yards. Both players were lifted after one half of work.
The paper still calls Mathews "the workhorse." Woodhead is "the versatile guy who can run and catch," and Brown is "sort of a hybrid of the two." The team also drafted running back Marion Grice.
"There is no such thing as a featured back any more," running backs coach Ollie Wilson said.
Ryan Mathews happy to have Donald Brown in San Diego
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/1/14) 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.
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 (4/4/14) 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 (4/2/14) 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.
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Donald Brown signed with the Chargers this offseason, a curious move following up his career year with Indianapolis. Where is he supposed to fit in? Ryan Mathews had an even better career year in '13 and Danny Woodhead did very well as a change-of-pace back for the Bolts. Speculation is that the Chargers made this move for two reasons: Depth, obviously, and to give themselves a serviceable starter in 2015 in case Mathews leaves for a richer deal. That suggests that Brown won't be in line for a lot of work in 2014 while Mathews is upright and effective. Brown really only has appeal as a handcuff for those owners who spend a Top 30 pick on Ryan Mathews.