Ronnie Brown RB SD 2 Months

Free agent Ronnie Brown worked out for the Patriots this week.

Joining Brown were TE Nate Byham, TE Ben Hartsock, and RB Brian Leonard. It's the first we've heard of Brown since the Chargers' season came to a close with a loss to Denver in January. Brown can still be a valuable third-down back, but he's 32. He averaged 3.5 YPC on 45 totes in 2013, reeling in eight passes.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 7 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown and caught a nine-yard pass in San Diego's Wild Card win over Cincinnati.

After operating as San Diego's No. 3 back behind Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead early in the game, Brown's role grew when Mathews aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter. Brown's nine all-purpose touches were his most in a game since early November. The 32-year-old's 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth was the icer as San Diego won Sunday's contest going away. Unless Mathews' ankle injury proves severe, Brown's role is sure to be far smaller in next week's Divisional Round at Denver.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 8 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed six times for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win at Kansas City.

Brown came on as the early-down complement after Ryan Mathews' third-quarter hamstring injury. Predictably, he did not impress. At age 31, Brown lacks the burst necessary to get chunks of yardage in the NFL. He'd be a poor flex bet against the Bengals in Week 13 even if Mathews sits.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 8 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed nine times for 36 yards in San Diego's Week 10 loss to the Broncos.

Brown got a little more run than usual because Ryan Mathews missed a majority of the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. Brown entered Week 10 with just five touches over the Chargers' past three games. He isn't a viable fantasy option in any format.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 9 Months

Chargers RB Ronnie Brown rushed three times for 14 yards in San Diego's Week 7 win over Jacksonville.

He was not involved in the passing game. Lacking fantasy value, Brown is San Diego's No. 3 tailback behind Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 10 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed seven times for 11 yards in Sunday night's Week 5 loss to Oakland.

Brown assumed early down and short-yardage work with Ryan Mathews (concussion) sidelined. He added three catches for 21 yards, but struggled on his limited touches. Even if Mathews isn't cleared for Week 6, Brown won't be on the fantasy radar.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 10 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed three times for 15 yards and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Eagles.

A week after leading the Chargers RBs in snaps, Brown was the clear-cut No. 3 back. It's the right move by the Chargers. Danny Woodhead is a better receiver and better in blitz pickup. Brown shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 11 Months

Ronnie Brown led the Chargers' running backs in snaps in Monday night's loss.

Per Pro Football Focus, Brown played 25 snaps to Ryan Mathews' 20, and Danny Woodhead's 10. Mathews notched 15 touches compared to just seven for Brown and two for Woodhead, but the snap counts are further proof of how much more the Bolts trust Brown in pass protection. Although Brown is off the fantasy radar, he greatly curbs Mathews' upside.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 11 Months

Ronnie Brown rushed for nine yards on two carries in Saturday's preseason game.

Brown was used sparingly behind Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead and finished with just 11 total yards. He continues to be outplayed by Fozzy Whittaker and remains squarely on the roster bubble.

Ronnie Brown RB SD 11 Months

The Union-Tribune San Diego considers Ronnie Brown on the roster bubble.

Brown has barely seen the field this preseason and is expendable with Danny Woodhead as the Chargers' primary third-down back. Fozzy Whittaker played with the second team during Thursday's preseason game and will continue to push him for a roster spot.