RB - FA
Week 17 Outlook
Donald Brown trying to get back into action
Donald Brown (hamstring) got some individual work in on Sunday, WEEI.com reports. Brown did not play Thursday against the Saints in the Patriots' preseason opener as he continues to nurse a hamstring issue.
Brown really needs to get on the field to take advantage of his opportunities with the Patriots as they are looking for a third down back to fill in while Dion Lewis is out and also to spell LeGarrette Blount as the early-down back. The veteran running back could be in danger of being cut if he does not show he is ready soon.
Donald Brown struggling to stay healthy
Donald Brown (hamstring) didn't participate in team drills Monday, the Boston Herald reports. Brown needs to get and stay healthy in order to secure a roster spot with the Patriots, but coach Bill Belichick has "praised Brown's intelligence and speed and noted that the veteran back is "a pleasure to coach."
Brown has an opportunity to get some playing time coming into camp with main running backs from last season, LeGarrette Blount, and Dion Lewis coming off of surgeries. Brown has had pockets of success in the past but does not look like he will have a large enough role to make a fantasy impact if he does make the Patriots roster.
Patriots agree to terms with Donald Brown
The New England Patriots have added another running back to the roster. Former Colts and Chargers back Donald Brown agreed to terms Thursday, according to Peter Schrager of Fox Sports. Brown, the former first-round pick out of UConn in 2009, was cut by the Chargers before the free agency period.
This is a depth signing for the Patriots. Dion Lewis and James White are currently the third down passing backs for the Patriots a role that Brown held with the Chargers. He is not a lock to make the roster and if he does he will not be fantasy relevant.
Chargers release Donald Brown
The San Diego Chargers released RB Donald Brown and LB's Donald Butler, Chi Chi Ariguzo and Kavell Conner on Thursday.
Donald Brown's release isn't a shock. The veteran back spent two-years in San Diego and could never get it going with the team. Brown primarily only saw playing time because of the Chargers' injuries at the running back position. Brown rushed for 452 yards and a touchdown during his stint in San Diego.
Donald Brown sees 21 carries in week 17
Donald Brown who was starting in place of Melvin Gordon on Sunday carried the ball 21 times for 81 yards. Brown also added two catches for 10 yards on the day.
Donald Brown was released by the Chargers then brought back later in the season once several running backs got hurt. He most likely will not have any fantasy value next season.
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