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Former Rams $3M backfield option reacts to Homecoming

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The Los Angeles Rams once again had to deal with their running back room. But this time there was no need to make a trade.

The Rams had room for a former beloved member of their offense instead – and immediately lured him back since he was available.

The franchise announced the return of Malcolm Brown, who will be added to the practice team, on Thursday, September 22 at 12:13 p.m. Pacific Time.

Ram fans remember the versatility Brown brought to the “Rams House,” delivering 1,188 career rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in his six seasons with St. Louis and LA per Pro Football Reference. And in his last two seasons with the Rams, Brown has 5 touchdowns. Brown was once on a two-year, $3,300,000 contract before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2021.

It didn’t take Brown long to reacquaint himself with the LA media upon his return to the Rams dressing room.

Brown smiled even as he recounted how he’d been waiting for a call.

“I was just waiting. I just finished my senior year in Miami. But after that it was a waiting game,” Brown said. “I was chilling in Miami. I got a spot out there just to train and stay ready. Luckily I got that call.”

It turned out that two calls caught his attention: one from his agent and one from the Rams office.

“My agent called me and I was visiting Texas. I had a missed call from my agent but then someone from here [the Rams] Called me. I called her back and got things rolling,” Brown said.

He’s also energized to be in the same backfield with Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.

“They’re the same guys. But you can tell they are mature. Just to see these guys and see them do what they did last year and just be with them again, it’s fun to be with that original crew,” Brown said. “Let me tell you one thing: I’m so glad to be back and to be in this structure and this type of organization. How the Rams run their whole organization, just a big fan of that.”

For Brown, he comes into a Rams backfield dealing with their own share of complaints.

Rookie Kyren Williams is still out with a high ankle sprain. His injury left the Rams with only three active backs in Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Jake Funk. Undrafted 2022 Fresno State rookie Ronnie Rivers, who was previously with NFC West rivals Seattle and Arizona, was added to the practice squad on Sept. 15.

While Liam Coen gets his first chance to name games for Brown as Rams offensive coordinator, he has a unique thing in common with the returnee.

“It’s funny, we have the same landlord,” Coen said, causing laughter.

But then he dove into the caliber of player Brown.

“He’s incredible. He’s a professional for professionals,” said Coen. “He does everything right. He’s going to be a great example for our players in this room and outside of this room. He’s just a great example. And he can do plays do. He had some of the best blitz pickups we’ve had here. He had some great runs like in New Orleans with that sideline toe tap in the end zone. He made some great plays for us.”

This toe tap that Coen is referring to is this blast from the past:

But as far as the blitz pickup games Brown is capable of, he means the 5-foot-11, 229-pound Brown’s ability to flatten an oncoming rusher:

Along with the backfield, the Rams worked with a limited number of options in the tight end space.

The reason: Brycen Hopkins is out for the next three games because he was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday for violating the league’s substance policy. But the Rams have turned their attention to another familiar face: Kendall Blanton.

The Return of Blanton as ESPN-NFL insider Field Yates reported on Thursday, he immediately provides veteran assistance and already knows the system of the Rams. During the playoffs, Blanton should provide an additional red zone presence against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He also became a first-down magnet for the Rams with the NFC title on the line.

Blanton himself responded to his return.

But then he dove into the caliber of player Brown.



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