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.
McCoy hints at hot-hand approach for running backs
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/25/14) 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 (3/20/14) 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."
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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.