2. Malcolm Brown
Similar to the situation with Davis, Malcolm Brown is another running back that is all of a sudden in jeopardy of losing his role in the backfield after being the early favorite to backup Gurley before Kelly emerged out of nowhere. Right away last summer, Brown was a player that caught the eyes of his new head coach in McVay, and while he most likely will try to find a way to still use the once Texas standout as much as possible, this whole situation has become a lot more interesting in recent weeks.
Unfortunately, Brown’s performances from the preseason have been far from impressive, as he’s coming off an outing against the Houston Texans in which he finished with just 11 rushing yards on six carries. And if this didn’t seem disappointing, keep in mind that a few weeks earlier, Brown only rushed for a single yard on three carries when facing the Baltimore Ravens.
Chances are McVay will keep Brown around, but if he does end up earning one of the spots, the amount of playing time he receives will be a different story. Brown playing at a higher level this preseason certainly would have made a difference heading into the final game, but at this point, the running back just needs to focus on convincing the staff he’s worth one of the spots.