Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

The Atlanta Falcons signed running back Tony Brooks-James to a free agent contract. Here is what the Falcons are getting with the ProDuck and how Brooks-James fits the team’s needs.

TEAM NEEDS running back, running back, running back. Currently on the ATL roster: Devonta Freeman, who has battled injury; newly acquired three-year back Jeremy Langford, former Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, and a few others. Brooks-James should be in that competition with his unique speed.   

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT in the running back room at Oregon, Brooks-James was lovingly referred to as “grandpa”. He also almost single handedly put a stop to “swag surfing” in Autzen Stadium, when former Oregon coach Willie Taggart left for Florida State.

AT OREGON Brooks-James totaled 3,302 all-purpose yards over his career. His workload decreased from a high of 118 touches in 2016 to 60 touches last season. He finished last season with 57 carries for 306 yards and four touchdowns. Brooks-James added 21 kickoff returns for 548 yards, with his 26.1-yard average return ranking 21st nationally.

PRAISED FOR his speed, speed, speed! Brooks-James ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds at Oregon’s pro day and though that’s an unofficial hand-timed result, it would’ve tied for second among running backs to run at this year’s NFL Combine. Plus, his 4.17 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle would’ve been third among those who ran at the combine.

NEEDS TO WORK ON Ball security; Brooks-James had four fumbles as a senior. In order to get a chance to play special teams in the NFL, Brooks-James must hold on to the ball better and prove to be more reliable as an undersized player.


QUOTE After Oregon’s pro day Brooks James said, “Do-or-die day for me. I left it all on the field. ... Major chip on my shoulder. From not being invited to a bowl game or Combine and been looking down on, I had a chip on my shoulder that I had to brush off today."

BEST SOCIAL POST Brooks-James, also an Oregon track and field athlete, combined both his sports in one impressive photo.


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