RB Malcolm Brown
While he may be the least likely player to be elevated for the Week 3 contest against the Arizona Cardinals, veteran running back Malcolm Brown would certainly be the most fascinating. After all, the LA Rams rushing offense is threatening nobody as of yet, and that won’t change until the Rams make determined and definitive decisions to do something about it.
Getting former Rams RB Malcolm Brown on the Rams roster once more is definitely a step in the right direction.
There is a lot more to be said about what Brown can mean for the Rams’ running game, and the Rams’ offense overall, at this important early season juncture. But we’ll save the entire spectrum of how he expands and amplifies what the Rams offense can do for a future article. For now, let’s focus on one matter.
He runs with power and authority.
Big burly back
The trend of the LA Rams continuing to load up at running back with small elusive running backs has been hurting the Rams in multiple ways. For starters, the Rams’ smaller running backs have proven to be less durable. Whether that is just a streak of horrid luck or a result of the Rams’ demands upon the position, I can’t say. But the frequency of injuries to the running backs is intensifying and is unsustainable.
More importantly, the LA Rams are re-discovering the need to have a power-running game. The first indication of that revelation was the success the offense enjoyed by playing wide receiver Ben Skowronek in a pseudo-fullback role against the Atlanta Falcons.
Malcolm Brown is the type of running back who gets little fanfare but is a player I love on this offense. At 5-foot-11 and 225-pounds, he is a big powerful running back who literally gets stronger and better the more work he gets. He is a true workhorse, a player who delivers regardless of the ask. And despite few carries, he can smell the endzone. In fact, over 2019 and 2020, he punched 170 carries into the endzone 10 times. Like it or not, the LA Rams could really use a running back who can score regularly.
Who will it be? The LA Rams can activate two players for their Week 3 contest against the Arizona Cardinals. Perhaps the difficulty is not who the Rams will activate, but which of these three players will remain on the practice squad?