By allowing Malcolm Brown to rest during preseason games, this shows how confident the Los Angeles Rams are with their beloved running back.
With all of the uncertainty surrounding Todd Gurley at the moment due to his knee, there has already been plenty of speculation over both Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson possibly seeing increased roles in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams.
Rightfully so, it’s easy to understand the approach by the Rams with Gurley since the last thing they want to do is see another incident similar to last winter when he struggled in both the NFC Championship and Super Bowl.
Time will tell when it comes to determining whether Gurley has what it takes to return to his usual ways at running back, but at least Los Angeles seems confident in using some of their other running backs more just in case.
While Henderson has received most of the attention in regards to potentially seeing a large role in 2019 due to his different level of pace, Rams fans can’t forget about what Brown is capable of either.
Ever since Sean McVay came on board in 2017, the head coach has always been a huge fan of Brown, and it was disappointing to see him injured towards the end of last year when Gurley was dealing with his knee, because he most likely would have seen most of the carries.
By matching the offer from the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles was able to bring Brown back into the picture for the 2019 season to provide some extra insurance at running back.
Henderson may end up receiving more carries in the long run, but Brown’s experience alone could also give him a major advantage over the rookie running back.
Recently, Brown discussed how not seeing any action during the first two preseason games has actually helped his confidence since it makes a pretty clear statement about how the Rams feel about his abilities.
Otherwise, Los Angeles would have used the previous two games to determine exactly what Brown could bring to the table, which clearly isn’t the case at all.
Since Gurley’s workload is going to be a little different in 2019, Brown could very well be in for a career year with the Rams since this could be the most action he’s seen entering his fifth NFL season.
Assuming this turns out to be the case, it’s only going to boost Brown’s confidence even more, which the Rams would obviously love to see.