Guard Brooks shows skill vs. Watt

Guard Brooks shows skill vs. Watt
August 3, 2013, 10:00 am
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Shooting The Bull: Training Camp Week 1

Brandon Brooks has been working with the first team offense.

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Coming into spring practices, Brandon Brooks was the starting right guard for the Texans. And so far, a week into training camp, he’s shown why.

While Brooks has looked good during the team portion of practice, he’s really started to impress everyone during pass rush drills. He’s been going against reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.

Early in camp, Watt beat Brooks more often than not but as camp has gone on, Brooks has flipped it.

“That’s just film study, going back watching 1-on-1s, talking to coach (about) what I did wrong. Basically, going back and trying something new,” Brooks said.

Brooks dropped weight this offseason (he’s down to 325) but he’s been able to keep his strength. He remains as one of the strongest players on the team. And that strength has helped him in his battles with Watt.

“I think very beneficial because I think he’s a total package, strength, speed, all types of different moves and stuff like that,” Brooks said. “Him being the total package, it just helps me out, having to sit down, having to move my feet, be ready for anything else.”

Brooks enjoys going against Watt every day and thinks it can only make him better. But beating Watt doesn’t give him any extra confidence. He said that isn’t a problem for him; he’s confident in his abilities.

“No, I didn’t hear about it, but I told J.J., I said, what a great thing for Brandon for them two to go against each other,” head coach Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday. “And J.J., like you said, he doesn’t play big powerful people like that very much, so that’s what makes you better as a team when you’ve got that type of competition every day.”