Malcolm Brown
Malcolm Brown
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Miami Dolphins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Brown is coming off a career year with the Rams, having posted 581 scrimmage yards. Of course, that was the only time in Brown's six-year stint with the team that he surpassed 300 total yards. The 28-year-old lacks the explosiveness and speed possessed by second-year backs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed, not to mention rookie Gerrid Doaks, but his experience could make him the favorite for specialized situations, such as on third downs or at the goal line. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Dolphins in March of 2021.
Key role could be coming
RBMiami Dolphins
May 5, 2021
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores recently said he feels confident in Brown handling "a variety of roles: short yardage, third down, goal line" during the upcoming season, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
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The Dolphins didn't add another running back until the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft, when the team grabbed Gerrid Doaks. That speaks to the team's confidence in its current three-man committee, which includes Brown along with Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed. Gaskin still appears primed for the lead role, but it seems possible that Brown, whom Flores praised as "reliable" and "dependable," could beat out Ahmed for No. 2 duties. During his time with the Rams, Brown found his most success in situations where the team only needed to pick up between one and three yards.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Malcolm Brown's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
13.9%
 
Positive Run %
80.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
37.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.5
 
Rushing TD %
5.0%
 
Touches Per Game
7.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
26.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.4%
 
% Team Targets
5.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.7%
 
Drop Rate
9.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.9
 
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20519%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Malcolm Brown's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
222 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.86 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Despite Todd Gurley suiting up for 15 games last year, Brown managed the most productive season of his career, albeit with a boost from usage rather than increased volume or efficiency. His 255 rushing yards were only nine more than his prior high, but the back who came into 2019 with only one career rushing TD managed to rack up five last year, all from within the 5-yard line. Brown's new goal-line vulture role didn't earn him any fans among Gurley's fantasy owners, but it might be the best fit for his talent, as Brown offers enough power and burst to muscle through a tackler or two but won't make any of them miss. Last year's third-round pick, Darrell Henderson, could see a bigger role with Gurley now in Atlanta, but the bigger threat to Brown's meager production is 2020 second-round pick Cam Akers. The FSU product has both the power and the healthy knees to handle short-yardage work on his own, and if he seizes the lead role in the backfield, Brown could lose his niche.
Brown has never seen more than 63 carries in a season during his four years with the Rams, but the club still valued him enough to match the Lions' two-year offer sheet for his services this offseason. A big, physical runner at 5-11, 222, Brown is no Todd Gurley when it comes to speed, elusiveness or receiving skills, but his ability to absorb punishment between the tackles could result in an increased workload if Los Angeles makes it a priority to lessen the burden on Gurley's shoulders - or rather, on his achy knee. Third-round pick Darrell Henderson could also have a big role in the offense, but it's not yet clear whether he'll be the next Alvin Kamara or just another speedy gadget player (or something in between). Brown seems headed for increased snaps this season, but how big an increase depends largely on Gurley's health and Henderson's development rather than Brown's own performance.
Being Todd Gurley's backup proved to be one of the most thankless jobs in the NFL last year, but Brown delivered on the rare occasions when he was called upon, with 4.1 YPC during the four games in which he got double-digit carries. The vast majority of that work came in blowouts, as the Rams were rightfully hesitant to take Gurley off the field in competitive situations. While Brown lacks anything resembling finesse or elusiveness in his game, he's shown enough to step in whenever Gurley needs a breather, whether it's on 3rd-and-long or 1st-and-goal. Sixth-round pick John Kelly will provide some competition for snaps in training camp, and even if Gurley were to get hurt, Brown's limited athleticism likely would point the Rams toward a committee approach in the backfield.
Brown's prospects didn't look too bright after the Rams signed Lance Dunbar to replace Benny Cunningham as a pass-catching and change-of-pace back behind bell cow Todd Gurley. However, Dunbar quickly added a new chapter to his lengthy history of knee injuries, missing all of training camp with an ailment of undisclosed severity. Dunbar is expected to open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, leaving Brown as the likely top backup to Gurley, who is poised to take on a three-down role. Brown won't get much work as the backup, but he's just one Gurley injury away from a probable starting job. It's unclear if Brown would be able to take advantage of such an opportunity, as he didn't show well when given an opportunity last season with just 39 rushing yards on 18 attempts (2.2 per carry). Undrafted free agent Justin Davis could push Brown for backup work.
The Rams are excited to see what Brown can do this preseason, as he and Chase Reynolds are likely to battle for the third spot on the depth chart with Tre Mason's availability in question. Brown had four carries for 17 yards in the season finale last year, and did have a couple standout performances in the 2015 preseason. However, carries are still going to be hard to come by with at least Todd Gurley and Benny Cunningham ahead of him.
Brown was released by the Rams in September of 2015.
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Going to South Beach
RBMiami Dolphins
March 16, 2021
Brown agreed to a contract Tuesday with the Dolphins, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Could be done with Rams
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 19, 2021
Brown isn't expected to sign an extension with the Rams, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.
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Bulk of work in fourth quarter
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 11, 2021
Brown rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught his only target for nine yards during Saturday's 30-20 win over Seattle. He played 20 of 73 offensive snaps.
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Runs behind rookie in win
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 4, 2021
Brown rushed three times for 20 yards and caught his only target for negative two yards during Sunday's 18-7 win over Arizona.
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Closes week with full practice
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 1, 2021
Brown (shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after practicing fully Friday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.
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