Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown

30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Now that he's with the Saints, Brown -- who was slowed by a quad injury while with Miami last season -- will look to carve out a depth role in the team's backfield, which is led by Alvin Kamara and also rosters Mark Ingram, Tony Jones, Abram Smith, Dwayne Washington and Devine Ozigbo. In that context, Brown doesn't have a path to steady touches, but if Kamara ends up missing any time (due to an injury or possible NFL discipline stemming from an offseason incident in a Las Vegas), the 29-year-old could help fill the void if he impresses his new coaching staff as the summer rolls along. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rams in December of 2022.
Minimal production in backup role
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 13, 2023
Brown rushed 18 times for 81 yards and a touchdown and added five catches for 37 yards during the 2022 season.
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The eight-year veteran spent most of the season bouncing on and off the practice squad, and his 81 rushing yards marked his lowest season-long tally since the 2016 campaign. Brown will be an unrestricted free agent heading into 2023, and with Cam Akers, Kyren Williams and Ronnie Rivers all likely returning to the Rams next season, Brown may be looking for a new home to provide veteran depth.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Malcolm Brown's 2022 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
11.1%
 
Positive Run %
72.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
49.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.2
 
Rushing TD %
5.6%
 
Touches Per Game
2.1
 
% Snaps w/Touch
25.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
1.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.3%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.2
 
% Targeted On Route
12.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.79
 
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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
224 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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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.
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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Scores first touchdown of season
RBLos Angeles Rams
January 2, 2023
Brown rushed once for 23 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Chargers.
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Breaks off long run in win
RBLos Angeles Rams
December 26, 2022
Brown rushed twice for 19 yards and caught his only target for two yards during Sunday's 51-14 victory against the Broncos.
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Signed to active roster
RBLos Angeles Rams
December 17, 2022
Brown was signed to the active roster Saturday.
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Returns to practice squad
RBLos Angeles Rams
December 9, 2022
Brown reverted to the Rams' practice squad Friday, per the NFL's transaction log.
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Limited usage in win
RBLos Angeles Rams
December 9, 2022
Brown rushed once for five yards and secured both of his targets for 12 yards during Thursday's 17-16 win against the Raiders.
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