Bills rookie Ron Brooks only started 3 games during his four year college career at LSU. He played behind Morris Claiborne and Patrick Peterson for the Bayou Bengals and was used mostly as a nickel corner.
So imagine his emotions last Sunday, when he found out just before kickoff that he’d be making his first NFL start, in his fifth NFL game.
“I was sitting in the locker room, and my coach (George Catavolos) came to me and said you might have to end up starting so be ready,” Brooks said Tuesday night on The John Murphy Show.
“I’m not gonna lie, I definitely was nervous,” he said. “I didn’t want to mess up any coverages or bust anything. I kinda put too much pressure on myself. As the game went along, I got into a groove and my nerves calmed down after that.”
Brooks was targeted by Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne, and he was in the middle of action. He led the team with nine tackles and three passes defensed. And he got flagged three times in the game, including a fourth quarter penalty for unnecessary roughness. His hit on Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III drew the flag, when Shorts was hit high while sliding down. The receiver’s head was only a couple of feet off the field, so it’s hard to argue that Brooks was aiming for his head. But the blow knocked out Shorts and the Bills were penalized 15-yards.
Brooks says the hit was unavoidable. And if he’s issued a fine by the NFL for the hit to the head, he plans on appealing.
“If and when a fine comes I will appeal it,” he told John Muprhy. “There was no malicious intent to hurt anybody. I’m pretty sure that everyone saw I checked on him after the fact and made sure he’s ok. There was no intent to harm him.”
The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.
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