Rookie Brooks a big presence on Houston o-line
Listed at 346 pounds, Houston rookie guard Brandon Brooks
outweighs anyone else on the team and is the heaviest player to
ever suit up for the Texans.
Houston normally favors offensive linemen who are a bit smaller
than the third-round pick, though they have said they don’t see his
size as a hindrance and insist he can do everything they want him
Still, coach Gary Kubiak was unhappy with the player after he
showed up to Tuesday’s minicamp heavier than he was in their last
”I did not like what I saw today,” Kubiak said. ”He’s
overweight and he’s got to get down. But he’s got a chance to be a
Some outsiders questioned Houston’s decision to draft the Miami,
Ohio, star because most of the Texans’ linemen weigh closer to 300
pounds than 350.
”With his size and stuff, there’s been talk about that he’s not
our type of guy,” Kubiak said. ”That’s bull … he may not look
like some of the guys we’ve played with before, but he’s just as
athletic, so he’s done a good job.”
Brooks knows he has to think about his waistline and said he’s
trying to eat more salads instead of ”eating junk food all the
”I’ve got to make sure I stay under control with my weight,”
he said. ”I don’t want it to get too high.”
He believes that if he plays the right way, pretty soon people
will stop worrying about his weight.
”I just make sure that the angles I take to make my blocks are
proper and I think by focusing on my technique that will eliminate
how heavy I am,” he said. ”I can still get (to my blocks).”
The Texans are counting on Brooks to develop quickly with the
loss of veteran offensive linemen Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel in
free agency. Antoine Caldwell is penciled in as the starting right
guard to replace Brisiel, who started 13 games for the Texans in
2011 before signing with the Raiders this offseason. But Brooks has
already worked with the first team some and will certainly push
Caldwell, who appeared in just five games last season.
”I see flashes that he’s capable of being a starter in this
League,” Kubiak said of Brooks. ”He’s got a great opportunity.
He’s out there going head-to-head with (Caldwell) every day. It
will be interesting to see how he does once we put the pads
Though Brooks weighs a lot, he carries it better than some
players of his size because of his muscular 6-foot-5 frame. He’s
always been interested in weight lifting and staying in shape in
part because his father Robert Brooks was a bodybuilder when the
younger Brooks was a child.
”Growing up every boy wants to be just like their dad and I
started lifting weights from an early age and it continues to help
me to this day,” he said, adding that he began lifting weights at
age seven or eight.
When he was younger, his father’s fitness level seemed normal to
him, but looking back the things he was doing probably shaped his
approach to fitness.
”(He was) just like any other father except that he’s curling
close to 225,” Brooks said with a smile. ”That’s what I was used
The transition to the NFL has been easier for Brooks because he
played in a zone blocking scheme similar to the one Houston uses in
college. But his head has still been swimming as he’s tried to
learn his new playbook.
”My playbook in college was like a magazine compared to the
playbook here,” he said. ”So I’ve just been spending extra time
and getting here an hour or two early to watch film and go over the
playbook and that has really helped me out so far.”