Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 3/76 - Brandon Brooks, OG, 6-4, 353, Miami, Ohio...He's the largest player on the team, but the coaches say he's quick off the ball and has nifty feet for his size. They expect him to compete for the right-guard job. - The Sports Xchange
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12/26/13 - --RG Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick in 2012, started for the first time this season. Because the team has been such a disaster, the coaches say his solid performance hasn't received the attention he would get if the team were winning.
10/17/13 - RG Brandon Brooks (toe) was limited in practice but will start against the Chiefs.
10/10/13 - RG Brandon Brooks (toe) was limited in practice but should start against the Rams.
10/03/13 - RG Brandon Brooks has a sore toe. He didn't participate in practice Wednesday and looks to be day-to-day.
01/08/13 - RG Brandon Brooks, another rookie, is rotating with starter Ben Jones. Brooks, 6-5, 330, is the heaviest player on the team. He has quick feet, and he's shown a lot of improvement. Going against Vince Wilfork will be part of his maturation as a player, but, like Jones, he's doomed to experience growing pains.
12/31/12 - RG Brandon Brooks, a rookie who had been playing well in spot duty, got mashed and mauled several times against the Colts. He gave up a sack that never should have happened.
12/06/12 - G Brandon Brooks was drafted in the third round out of Miami of Ohio to compete for a starting job at right guard. But Ben Jones, a fourth-round pick, beat him to it. Jones learned a new position and excelled at it. He rotated with veteran Antoine Caldwell before winning the starting job. With Caldwell injured, Brooks got his first extensive playing time at Detroit and got more in the victory over Tennessee. At 6-5, 340, he's massive but has quick feet. At some point in the future, Brooks and Jones could be the starting guards.
07/25/12 - G Brandon Brooks signed a four-year contract with the Texans.
06/14/12 - OG Brandon Brooks, a third-round draft choice expected to push right guard Antoine Caldwell for a starting job, got called out by coach Gary Kubiak for being overweight.
Brooks was 6-5, 350 when he was drafted. He checked in at 340. After a weigh-in this week, Kubiak criticized him. Brooks responded the right way – saying Kubiak is supposed to get on him when he screws up. Two days later, Brooks reached his weight.
"He's fine," Kubiak said. "I made my point, and he responded well. He weighed in lighter. I'm trying to teach him a lesson now before we get to camp."
06/07/12 - OG Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick, is 6-5, 350. He's competing with veteran Antoine Caldwell for the starting job at right guard vacated by Mike Brisiel, who signed with Oakland.
"I see flashes that he's capable of being a starter in this league," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's got a great opportunity. He's going head-to-head with Antoine every day. It'll be interesting to see how he does once we put the pads on (training camp).
"With his size, there's been talk that he's not our type of guy. That's bull. He can do everything we want him to do."
Because the Texans rely so much on quickness and finesse with their linemen, they're usually not as large as offensive linemen on other teams. Brooks ran a sub-5.0 40 for the Texans' scouts.