HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Texans knew they were getting a sizable player when they selected offensive guard Brandon Brooks out of Miami of Ohio during April’s NFL Draft.
Brooks, listed at 6-foot-5 and 346 pounds, is by far the biggest offensive lineman on the team. But apparently the rookie came into minicamp on Tuesday a little heavier than head coach Gary Kubiak would like and he let it be known.
“I did not like what I saw today,” Kubiak said with a not-so serious tone. “He’s overweight and he’s got to get down, but he has a chance to be a good player. Can you send that message to him?”
Kubiak isn’t usually one to send messages through the media so it’s likely Brooks heard about it personally from the coach. Brooks went through 10 days of OTAs and showed some promise as a right guard candidate who could compete with Antoine Caldwell for the starting spot this fall.
Brooks seemed like an unusual fit for the Texans and their zone blocking scheme, which seems more suitable for smaller and quicker offensive linemen. But the third round pick moves well and is quick on his feet even with the extra weight.
The hope has been that he can perhaps get down to around 330 by the time training camp starts at the end of next month. He was in the area of 353 pounds when the Texans drafted him.
Kubiak wouldn’t say how much Brooks weighed Tuesday and neither what he specify the desired weight he would like him to be at his point.
“Well, a lot right now,” Kubiak said of how much Brooks is overweight. “As of yesterday’s weigh-in, a lot. It had been pretty good. I’m not real happy with him right now.”
Kubiak laughed when asked how he thought Brooks would handle being called out in the media.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see tomorrow. I don’t know.”