The Atlanta Falcons signed former Oregon running-back Tony Brooks-James and so far, so good. Rookie minicamp took place this past week and Brooks-James made waves with multiple big runs and tons of speed.
Brooks-James is no stranger to success—the 5-foot-9, 190-pound athlete carried the ball 283 times for 1,863 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 40 passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns. This is exactly the kind of player the Falcons need on their roster. The organization also announced that they waived running back Jeremy Langford. This leaves them with six running backs including Devonta Freeman, Brian Hill, Ito Smith, Kenjon Barner, Qadree Ollison and Brooke-James along with fullback Ricky Ortiz.
Brooks-James can add a dynamic skill set to this squad. His ability to jump in where needed (he returned 44 kicks during his time at Oregon for 1,047 yards and a score) is going to prove invaluable to the coaches and his teammates, along with the ability to make such a lasting impression in a short amount of time. Solidifying another impactful player on the offensive line is going to motivate the rest of the team throughout the rest of this off-season.
Rookie minicamp is two days, which means he works well under pressure—obviously one of the most important things a running back can do. Quick decision-making skills and a strong work ethic is what this team needs to kick them into shape. Impressing the coaches so early-on means that they are going to be anxious to see what he can do in the upcoming OTA’s and training camp come August.