I wanted to get a little more perspective on Ronnie Brown, so I asked Brian Miller from Phin Phanatic for his thoughts on Ronnie:
My first impression of Ronnie Brown signing with the Chargers was good for the Chargers. A non-effective runner in Philadelphia, mainly due to lack of use, Ronnie Brown can still run the ball effectively and should find a better support team in San Diego. Brown isn’t going to be a featured back in the league and durability is still a concern, however, he can still be effective out of the back-field in the passing game. While not a Darren Sproles type of speed burner, Brown can both make people miss and use his frame to knock defenders over.
The biggest question is how much does he still have left. Last year was like taking a year off for Brown so I suspect he is not as worn as he was entering his season with the Eagles. Brown should make a very capable back-up to Ryan Mathews and should Mathews go down, Brown can step in and take the snaps. He is a solid blocking RB, has solid hands out of the back-field, and can take the ball between the tackles. His only real knock is that he tends to “dance” too often behind the line of scrimmage instead of hitting the holes immediately.
Brown isn’t going to make the Chargers a Super Bowl contender but he should, if used, contribute. He was expendable in Miami simply due to the fact he could no longer be relied upon to be a featured runner. He won’t need to be in San Diego.