Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. The Browns signed Shaun Draughn on Wednesday, which may indicate that they’re worried about Crowell’s status, though Crowell declared that he’ll “be able to go” on Sunday. Terrance West would likely start if Crowell can’t play, but West drew HC Mike Pettine’s ire with poor ball security in Week 13.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The Browns signed Shaun Draughn on Wednesday, which may indicate that they’re worried about Crowell’s status, though Crowell declared that he’ll “be able to go” on Sunday. Terrance West would likely start if Crowell can’t play, but West drew HC Mike Pettine’s ire with poor ball security in Week 13.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Browns RB Isaiah Crowell (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Crowell is dealing with a hip injury and is iffy for Week 14. The Browns signed Shaun Draughn on Wednesday, which may indicate that they’re worried about Crowell’s status. Terrance West would likely start if Crowell can’t play, but West drew HC Mike Pettine’s ire with poor ball security in Week 13.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Chargers RB Donald Brown (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. With Brown out, Branden Oliver is a strong play against a shaky Raiders defense. The Chargers recently signed Ronnie Brown as a Plan C and Shaun Draughn looms as another possible committee member if the Chargers continue their trend of spreading touches around their backfield. We like Oliver this week given his recent play and generous matchup against Oakland.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 8:22pm
Oliver has been a pleasant surprise this year, but Ronnie Brown offers knowledge of Mike McCoy's system and creditable play on passing downs. Brown spent 2012 and 2013 in San Diego before playing in three games for the Houston Texans this season.
Branden Oliver will be a hot pickup this week and looked great against what was supposed to be a top-notch Jets run defense. We saw signs from Oliver last week when Brown struggled against the Jags. The Chargers get a great matchup at Oakland in Week 6. Shaun Draughn was signed as insurance last week and could see time as well, but if Brown can't go Oliver is already shaping up as a solid play.
You’ll see a whole lot of RB Donald Brown on Sunday, with a little bit of rookie Branden Oliver sprinkled in. Brown can certainly carry the load. He rushed 31 times for 62 yards against Buffalo. But the Chargers are averaging a league-worst 2.43 yards per carry. Brown needs to pop a couple of big runs to loosen up Jacksonville’s defense. The Chargers also signed Shaun Draughn as a third running back for depth.
We have Brown ranked as a top 5 RB due to his anticipated workload and a good matchup with the Jaguars.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:02pm
Down to only two healthy running backs, the Chargers worked out Shaun Draughn and D.J. Adams at Chargers Park on Tuesday. Draughn signed a one-year deal joining the active roster, while Adams was added to San Diego’s practice squad.
This season, Draughn signed a one-year contract with the Bears and played in Chicago’s first two games before being waived Sept. 16. Draughn also has experience as a kickoff returner. Between Kansas City and Baltimore, he has a combined 25 returns for 590 yards (23.6 avg.).
Trestman said Carey “got up to speed very quickly” this preseason.
“We don’t really know how it will transition to the real deal on Sunday and the weeks to come,” Trestman said. “But he’s learned the right at this point to have the first shot.”
Shaun Draughn is no longer the correct handcuff for Forte. Owners should pick up Carey instead.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 8:58pm
The team is searching for two players to back up Matt Forte and waiting for runners to separate themselves.
‘‘We haven’t been productive,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘We’re playing against a very good front during practice, but we haven’t shown that productivity. We hope that’s not an indication.’’
Ka’Deem Carey has 23 carries but just 59 with one TD in the preseason. Shaun Draughn, the veteran, does have NFL experience but isn't a guy the team spent a draft pick on so he may not have that extra edge Carey likely does.
Shaun Draughn was the first back to get action behind Matt Forte for the second straight game. He’s been listed as the No. 2 on the depth chart that is worth about as much as the paper it is printed on. But Draughn has bounced around enough to know he hasn’t nailed down anything just yet.
“I don’t have the No. 2 job so I don’t have it to lose,” he said. “I’m gunning to make the team. No. 2 or No. 3 it doesn’t matter. When I make the team, I will help wherever they want me.”
Draughn carried the ball three times for 33 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards. A 14-yard reception was wiped out by a holding penalty against left tackle Jermon Bushrod. He’s clearly ahead of fourth-round pick Ka’Deem Carey right now even though the 26-year-old Draughn doesn’t have a whole lot of NFL experience to draw from.
Draughn doesn't have much standalone value, but Matt Forte owners (or those that want to mess with the Forte owner in their league) may want to consider Draughn in the final rounds as a handcuff.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:26pm
Bears RB Matt Forte had 363 touches last season, the second most of his career. It was the first season since 2009 in which he had more than 300. As he approaches his 29th birthday in December, let's see whether the increased contact affects his power, explosiveness and endurance. In training camp and exhibition games, at least, it seems logical for the Bears to get Forte the work he needs but not a touch more.
Besides, the backs behind Forte need repetitions to answer many questions. As is the norm with backups, those center on pass protection.
RB KaDeem Carey commands the brightest spotlight. GM Phile Emery evaluates two criteria: toughness and reactive instincts for finding the correct defensive rusher. Carey "has shown that repetitively," Emery said after the Bears drafted him.
The Bears RB1 job still belongs to Forte, but it's a good sign Carey is gaining at least a little praise for his pass protection early on. With Michael Bush gone, Carey appears next in line for work if something were to happen to Forte. According to this story, he's considered a roster lock. Tony Fiammetta is considered a good bet while Michael Ford, Shaun Draughn, Jordan Lynch and Senorise Perry are competing for one spot.
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