With Ryan Mathews sidelined,
Brown got the start and ripped runs for 4 and 5 yards before Woodhead got his first touch of the night on the opening drive. Brown finished with four carries for 16 yards and two catches for 13 yards and three targets. Woodhead rushed for a 24 yards on six carries. He also caught one pass from Kellen Clemens for a gain of 5 yards. Both players were lifted after one half of work.
The paper still calls Mathews "the workhorse." Woodhead is "the versatile guy who can run and catch," and Brown is "sort of a hybrid of the two." The team also drafted running back Marion Grice.
"There is no such thing as a featured back any more," running backs coach Ollie Wilson said.
"I can't wait," Mathews said about playing with Brown, per U-T San Diego.
Mathews is coming off of a career season but an ankle injury kept him limited down the stretch. While it's expected that Brown will help shoulder the load a little bit -- Mathews has been called the "bell cow" numerous times by general manager Tom Telesco -- Mathews anticipates that if he wants to play 16 games and break the 1,255 yards he had last year, he'll need Brown to fill in for him.
"I (want to) make it more than 16 games," Mathews said. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games. The coaches did a good job of getting another guy like Donald to help me out. It's going to be fun."
When asked about the signing of
Telesco said similar statements back in late March to the station. Brown was signed this spring to a three-year deal by Telesco, who helped scout Brown when he was with the Colts in 2009.
|1||9/8/14||@ ARI||10:20 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|8||10/23/14||@ DEN||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||11/30/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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