HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans Guard Brandon Brooks may not have started any games last year, but head coach Gary Kubiak says he is acting the part in OTAs. On Tuesday, after the Texans fourth day of OTA practice, Kubiak said he like what he saw in the young offensive lineman.
“He looks really good. I talk about young players getting better. He’s obviously a guy who stands out right now. He’s been very good throughout these OTAs. The thing you hope as a coach, when you all of a sudden got a young guy and you say, ‘Ok you’re the starter,’ which is basically what we’ve done with Brandon, he starts acting like one. He’s done that. He’s had a good four days.”
Brooks is taking his role seriously and has worked hard on and off the field to get himself noticed. There is definitely less of Brooks, entering his second year of the NFL, to be noticed with his recent weight loss. The 23-year old Brooks was drafted in the third round (76th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Miami (Ohio) and weighed in at 355 pounds. This offseason, the 6-5 Brooks has slimmed down to 325.
“The biggest thing is just eating properly every day. That’s my key to keep it off. I know if I don’t put bad stuff into my body, it’s like burning clean fuel,” Brooks said Tuesday.
Brooks may get his starting opportunity this year after being inactive through Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season. Jones played right guard behind the fourth-round draft pick Ben Jones. Brooks has been working hard to play more snaps in the Texans offense.
“Getting my playbook as much as possible, getting with the coach when I can to watch film so I know what he expects out of me. (I’m) taking full advantage of the opportunity.”