Ready to Break Out? RG Brandon Brooks

Ready to Break Out? RG Brandon Brooks
February 11, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Brandon Brooks has been working with the first team offense.

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This week, Texans reporter Dave Zangaro will take a look at five candidates who might have a chance to break out in 2014. We've already looked at Ryan Griffin. Up now, Brandon Brooks.

2013 stats: ProFootballFocus grade of 13.8

Contract status: Signed through 2015

A look back at 2013: Brooks, in his first year as a starter at right guard, took a huge step forward.

As a rookie in 2012, he split time with then-starter Ben Jones. But Brooks won the job coming into the 2013 season and didn’t come close to giving it up. He played 93 percent of the Texans’ offensive snaps, second to just Chris Myers on the offensive line. While Derek Newton continued to be a weak link, Brooks was very solid.

His overall grade was 13.8 but he really shined in the run game, where he had a grade of 15. Overall, he was the 11th best guard in football and was the third best in the run game. He was fifth best among players who predominantly played right guard.

Outlook for 2014: Brooks should become one of the best guards in football. There’s no reason to think he can’t. The 6-5, 335-pound Brooks is probably the strongest member of the team. Watching him go one-on-one against J.J. Watt during training camp is very entertaining. And it’s entertaining because Brooks is able to hang with the All-Pro.

Prediction for 2014: Brooks will be the starter at right guard and, if the Texans get a better right tackle, they could have a very good offensive line.