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

to do.

Still, coach Gary Kubiak was unhappy with the player after he

showed up to Tuesday’s minicamp heavier than he was in their last

workout.

”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

good player.”

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

time.”

”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

on.”

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

to seeing.”

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.”