Brooks wanted to prove coaches right

Brooks wanted to prove coaches right
September 13, 2013, 8:30 am
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Brandon Brooks has been working with the first team offense.

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Brandon Brooks entered his first career start with a simple goal in mind: prove that the coaches made a good decision.

“I was excited to go out there,” said Brooks, a 2012 third-rounder. “You play in preseason but it’s not necessarily like it’s going to count for anything. It felt good. I was excited. Just really tried to go out there and show the coaches they made a good decision by putting me up there and I just tried to do the best I can.”

Brooks started his rookie season buried on the depth chart at right guard. Eventually, he got a chance to rotate in with Ben Jones and outplayed him often. Coming into OTAs this season, Brooks began as the right guard next to right tackle Derek Newton.

“When OTAs started, that’s when we really started to work on our chemistry,” Brooks said. “In preseason and stuff like that, just being out there and feeling comfortable with each other and know what’s going on, how Newt might react to something or how I might react to something. It helps us out.”

Brooks agreed with Newton, that the two wanted to put their periodic struggles in the 2012 season behind them. While the team was often asked about the right side of the line, Brooks said the team doesn’t see it as left and right sides, just as a collective unit.

“I think they both did a great job,” Gary Kubiak said about Brooks and Newton. “They had their moments but I think the offseason together really showed. We thought we were seeing a lot of improvements through the preseason and I think they both played pretty well on Monday night.”