With Ryan Mathews gone, Donald Brown to see larger role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/15/14) Chargers running back Donald Brown is expected to see an increased role in the wake of Ryan Mathews' MCL sprain, and coach Mike McCoy told reporters Monday he believes Brown is up for the job.
"He's played a lot of football," McCoy said, via U-T San Diego. "We've got a lot of confidence in him."
Brown saw an increased workload in Week 2 against the Seahawks, rushing for 21 yards on seven carries. It is not clear whether he or Danny Woodhead will get the start beginning in Week 3 against the Bills.
Donald Brown gets some action Week 2
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/14/14) Chargers running back Donald Brown saw some action Week 2 against the Seahawks.
Ryan Mathews left with a knee injury, allowing Brown to get some carries. he finished with seven rushes for 21 yards. He also caught three passes for 10 yards. Brown seemed to the take on Mathews' normal role after Mathews left the game.
He'll take on the Bills Week 3.
Donald Brown fails to gain positive yardage
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (9/9/14) Chargers running back Donald Brown, who averaged 5.3 yards per carry with the Colts last year, had a dismal debut with San Diego on Monday night at Arizona. Brown received just two carries and they went for minus-2 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game.
Brown plays the Seahawks in Week 2.
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.
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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.