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Brandon Brooks | Guard

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/19/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 335
College: Miami (OH)
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The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans want to lock contract-year RG Brandon Brooks up with a long-term extension.
Set to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Brooks has been one of the top guards in the league the last two seasons. If he hits free agency after another solid year, Brooks could be looking at a contract in excess of $7 million annually, though the potential presence of Kelechi Osemele or Marshal Yanda in the market could hurt his value. With over $8 million in cap space, Houston would be smart to lock up Brooks soon. Aug 20 - 9:13 AM

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Texans RG Brandon Brooks left Week 16 against the Ravens with an ankle injury.

Brooks hobbled to the locker room before later returning to the sideline with a noticeable limp. RT Derek Newton has kicked inside to guard with Tyson Clabo entering at right tackle. Brooks is PFF's No. 5 overall right guard.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Texans RG Brandon Brooks (toe) will return in Week 6 against the Rams.

It's a nice plus for Arian Foster, as Brooks is a 6-foot-5, 343-pound power run blocker. The Texans' offensive line is now back to full strength.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:52:00 PM

The Texans are getting back LT Duane Brown (turf toe) in Week 5 against the 49ers, but will be without RG Brandon Brooks (toe).

Toe injuries seem to be almost infectious on Houston's offensive line. Four games in, Brooks ranks 40th among 70 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' guard ratings. PFF has graded Brooks far better in run than pass blocking.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 02:28:00 PM

Brandon Brooks has won the Texans' starting right guard job.

Brooks supplanted Ben Jones next to right tackle Derek Newton. Jones started ten games last season, splitting time with Antoine Caldwell, while Brooks played just 174 snaps as a third-round rookie. The main concern with Brooks is his weight. He was "pushing 350" last summer, but has slimmed down to 325 this year. Brooks needs to be able to move in the Texans' zone-blocking scheme.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak says Brandon Brooks has the edge for the Texans' starting right guard job.

"That's his," Kubiak said. "He’s got to line up every day and earn it. I think he’s earned the opportunity to be that guy, so we’ll see if he can hang on." Last year's third-round pick played just 174 snaps on offense, and he's been battling weight issues since entering the league. With Antoine Caldwell out of the picture, Brooks' main competition is Ben Jones.
Thu, May 30, 2013 06:37:00 PM

Texans second-year OG Brandon Brooks has slimmed down to 325 pounds after weighing 355 last April.

The 76th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Brooks' rookie year was a disappointment as he battled weight problems and never cracked the starting lineup for a team that struggled at right guard. The Texans need offensive linemen to be in shape for their zone scheme. Brooks' 2013 role will be decided in camp.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Texans third-round OG Brandon Brooks reported to training camp in shape after showing up overweight to June minicamp.

"He's a totally different animal right now," said coach Gary Kubiak. Brooks was reportedly "pushing 350" in the spring, but he's trimmed down to 337. Brooks is back on track to give Antoine Caldwell a run to start at right guard.
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 06:27:00 PM

Texans agreed to terms with third-round OG Brandon Brooks on a four-year, $2.8 million contract.

Houston's 2012 draft class is now signed. Brooks was expected to challenge hard for the Texans' starting right guard job, before reporting to minicamp overweight and out of shape. His weight will always be a concern at 340-plus pounds, particularly in the zone-blocking scheme. Antoine Caldwell will enter camp as the heavy favorite for right guard. Brooks should still get a look.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 11:36:00 PM

Texans coach Gary Kubiak was not pleased after rookie OG Brandon Brooks reported to minicamp overweight.

It may kill Brooks' chances of winning the starting right guard job, no matter what happens in training camp. Brooks goes in excess of 340 pounds, so his weight constantly needs to be in control, especially for zone blocking. Antoine Caldwell is the favorite to open the season starting next to C Chris Myers.
Tue, Jun 12, 2012 06:16:00 PM

The Texans will allow third-round pick Brandon Brooks to push Antoine Caldwell for the starting right guard job.

Brooks has a huge size advantage on Caldwell, and is Houston's right guard of the future. "I think it's going to be very competitive," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He sure looks like he’s in good shape and moving well and he’s 345."
Tue, May 22, 2012 01:19:00 AM

Texans OC Rick Dennison conceded that third-round OG Brandon Brooks will be the biggest offensive lineman he's ever coached.

Dennison is from the zone-blocking school that emphasizes quicker, smaller offensive linemen. Brooks moves well for a big man, but he's a monster at 6-foot-5, 346. I’ve never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do," said Dennison. "He moves around well." Brooks should push Antoine Caldwell hard for the right guard job left vacant by Mike Brisiel's exit.
Wed, May 2, 2012 03:10:00 PM

Texans selected Miami of Ohio OG Brandon Brooks with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The biggest Combine snub, literally, Brooks carries his 6'5/346 pound frame extremely well. At his pro day, he ran a 4.98 forty and completed 36 bench press reps. Brooks made a name for himself during East-West Shrine week, dominating the competition around him. Because of his size, Brooks comes off the line a bit too high but with his length and strength he lifts the opposition even higher and consistently controlled inferior interior defensive linemen. In pass protection Brooks absorbs powerful pass rusher with his immense upper body.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:59:00 PM

Miami (OH) OG Brandon Brooks weighed in at 6-foot-5, 346 and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times at his Pro Day on Thursday.

The biggest snub of the 2012 Combine, Brooks projects as a second-day pick and was an all-star game phenom after dominating in the MAC. At the Pro Day, Brooks showed his athleticism with a 4.98 forty comparable to Cordy Glenn's in Indianapolis. Brooks' 10-yard split was a similarly impressive 1.71, and his 4.52 short shuttle would have beaten every offensive lineman at the Combine.
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 02:47:00 PM

According to draft analyst Tony Pauline, Miami (OH) OG Brandon Brooks has been graded as a third-round pick "by a number of teams" despite not receiving a Scouting Combine invite.

Ten teams have already told Brooks they want him in for a pre-draft visit, and he was easily the top-performing offensive lineman at the East-West Shrine Game. A massive guard-only prospect at 6-foot-5, 353, Brooks will appeal to teams that run power blocking systems. The reasons for his Combine snub are unknown, but he did have an undrafted free agent grade before the season.
Fri, Feb 10, 2012 01:35:00 PM

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K1Nick Novak