Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
4 months ago

The Patriots have signed Brown, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With LeGarrette Blount currently a free agent and Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL, Brown bolsters the Patriots' backfield depth, joining the likes of James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Joey Iosefa on that front. While the signing of Brown is not a splashy one, the veteran could be a good fit in the New England offense, with ESPN's Eric Williams describing Brown as a "cerebral player" who "excels in blitz pickup."

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
4 months ago

The Patriots have reportedly signed Brown.

EDGE Analysis

Brown is thus poised to join a New England running back mix that also includes Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and Tyler Gaffney, though at this stage, we suspect that the composition of the team's backfield remains fluid. Brown, who will turn 29 in April, recorded 229 rushing yards and a TD on 59 carries in 10 games to go along with eight catches for 88 yards for the Chargers in 2015.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
5 months ago

The Charges released Brown on Thursday, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In an injury-plagued backfield, Brown managed to pick up just 10 percent of the offensive snaps, which equated to 59 carries for 229 yards, eight receptions (on 10 targets) for 88 yards, and one touchdown. As he enters his age-29 offseason, he may find difficulty find further employment.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
7 months ago

Brown gained 81 yards on 21 carries and secured two of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

After a run-in with a suffocating Raiders run defense in Week 16, the seven-year veteran bounced back with a productive effort and led the Chargers in rushing for the second time in the last three games. Brown scuffled to a 1.2 yards per carry average versus Oakland, but found enough running room Sunday to average almost four yards per tote and break off a game-long 20-yard run. Now a free agent, it remains to be seen if San Diego will bring back Brown as veteran insurance in 2016. First-round rookie looked like a bust before going on injured reserve late in the season, and Danny Woodhead still projects best as a dynamic pass-catching back that carries the ball sparingly in an ideal situation. Meanwhile, Brown offers a skill set that combines many of the traits of a conventional feature back and Woodhead's receiving ability, which may help carve out a place for him in the San Diego backfield heading into the Chargers' 2016 training camp.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
7 months ago

Brown rushed 14 times for 17 yards and a score while catching three of his four targets for 33 yards in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Raiders.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Brown was very involved Thursday after Melvin Gordon was placed on IR earlier in the week, but his 1.2 yards per carry left a lot to be desired. He could find the end zone again in the season finale against Denver, but his output next week figures to be very touchdown dependent, as he is unlikely to have much success on a per play basis. Danny Woodhead led the team in total yards, with 55 coming on 11 rushes and 53 via eight catches.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
7 months ago

Brown is on track to see an expanded workload down the stretch, with Melvin Gordon headed to IR.

EDGE Analysis

Brown gained 90 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Dolphins, but with Gordon (who had 15 carries before being injured in the contest) now out, Brown looks poised to see his share of early-down work down the stretch in tandem with change-of-pace/pass-catching back, Danny Woodhead.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
7 months ago

Brown gained 90 yards on 12 carries and secured two of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Dolphins.

EDGE Analysis

Brown emerged from the mothballs he's apparently been preserved in all season to explode on an unsuspecting Dolphins squad. While the Miami defense certainly provided a tantalizing matchup for the Chargers ground game, the general consensus was that the game potentially facilitate rookie Melvin Gordon finally having his NFL coming out party. Instead, it was the seven-year veteran who maximized the opportunity after Gordon exited with a second-quarter knee injury, amassing his best rushing yardage total in just over four years. Brown had not reached the 90-yard mark on the ground since decimating the Titans for 161 yards in Week 15 of the 2011 campaign, and got there Sunday largely on the strength of a dynamic 53-yard scamper to the Dolphins' five-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. With the extent of Gordon's injury still unknown, it remains to be seen what level of usage Brown will receive over the season's final two games.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
8 months ago

Brown rushed for 26 yards on seven carries and caught his lone target for 31 yards in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Brown could start to see a little more work, if rookie Melvin Gordon continues to struggle with ball security (he fumbled twice Sunday, losing one). Thus, Brown could make for a decent speculative play in deeper formats, but just keep in mind that he's unlikely to make much of an impact, given all of San Diego's offensive line issues.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
8 months ago

Brown had three carries for two yards and did not catch either of the two passes thrown his way in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.

EDGE Analysis

Serving as the number three running back behind Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, Brown is not expected to make much of an impact unless one of the primary guys suffers an injury.

Donald Brown
RB NE (9)
9 months ago

Brown, who has only been active for two of eight games this season, is ready to step into Branden Oliver's backup role, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown's name had been mentioned as a possible trade target before Oliver's season-ending injury, but he is now in the mix for playing time for the Bolts. San Diego features Melvin Gordon on early downs and Danny Woodhead in passing situations, but Brown will serve as the primary backup to both guys, and he is now just one more injury away from seeing significant playing time. Brown is familiar with the Chargers system and is an adept blocker, so the team will not hesitate to use them whenever necessary.