Heading into training camp with the New York Jets, Terrence Brooks is looking to build off of his first year in green and white.
11 months ago, the New York Jets traded their 2014 third-round selection, Dexter McDougle, to the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 third-round selection, Terrence Brooks. Since then, Brooks has made his presence felt despite being just a backup.
Brooks is going into his second year with the Jets with a bit more competition compared to last year. One of the main reasons the McDougle/Brooks trade was made was because of how thin the Jets were at safety. Safety Doug Middleton tore his pectoral muscle and was expected to miss the entire season, as well as safety Rontez Miles who was out indefinitely at the time after an eye laceration.
Here’s a look at Brooks as he prepares for training camp with the Jets.
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2017 SEASON REVIEW
In Week 3 against the Dolphins, Brooks lead the way on defense making Jay Cutler wish that he held on to his CBS job. With three pass deflections and two interceptions, Brooks was a huge piece of the Jets first win of the 2017 season. Unfortunately, this game is where the bulk of his stats came from, only tacking on 10 tackles, three pass deflections, and two interceptions on the entire year.
2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
The best case scenario for Brooks is to have a vital role on special teams. Other than that, he is going to have to prove that he is the best fit to back up safeties Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams. With young buck Doug Middleton returning to full form, this is going to be a fun training camp battle to watch heading into the preseason. Expect to see Brooks come in when Maye and Adams are winded if he does end up making the roster, and possibly be a lock to replace one of them if either of them were to get hurt during the season.
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TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Brooks is not a lock to make the 53-man roster, considering how crowded the Jets safety room is but depth is crucial in the NFL. With that being said, expect Brooks to start the season on the practice squad. Although it’s not expected for him to be there for long considering the injury bug is unavoidable, he will likely earn a final roster spot once training camp is over. As the season progresses, if someone gets hurt, Brooks makes for a suitable replacement as quality depth.