Jordyn Brooks has the benefit of learning from the best. The Seahawks first-round pick spends each meeting and each practice alongside Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, two of Seattle’s longest-tenured players and most prominent leaders on the roster.
That has helped ease his transition to the NFL despite not having a normal offseason program.
“It’s been good,” Brooks said of his first training camp as a professional athlete. “Surrounded by a good group of guys. Everybody has been welcoming me with open arms. It’s been a smooth transition for me.”
Wagner and Wright are the gold standard in terms of building good habits. That makes Brooks’ approach pretty simple: Do what they do, and he’ll be just fine.
“I’m not just blowing smoke when I say they’re the first in and the last out,” Brooks said of his veteran teammates.
Seattle’s pair of tenured linebackers are also renowned for taking meticulous care of their bodies. That’s part of why they show up so early and stay so late. The daily prehab and rehab is a crucial part of getting through the grind of a 16-game NFL season.
Brooks, who dealt with a minor groin injury for a few days, already has a firm grasp of the concept that availability is your best ability.
“Our body is our ticket,” Brooks said. “You’ve got to take care of that before you’re able to perform. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned so far.”
The wrinkle for Brooks is that Wright, while being a valuable source of knowledge and information, is also his main roadblock to immediate playing time. Ken Norton reiterated last week that the two are competing to start at WILL linebacker.
“Everything is earned,” Brooks said. “I’ve got the opportunity to compete. That’s what I’ve been doing. We’ll see what happens.”
Brooks added that he’s settled into the Seahawks defense relatively easily from a schematic standpoint. The biggest adjustment is getting comfortable with the new terminology that differs from his time at Texas Tech.
Betting odds would likely favor Wright starting in Week 1 at this point due to experience and overall trust among players and coaches. But Brooks’ time will come, and the hope is that he can be the next great linebacker in Seahawks history.
“We’ve been really excited about Jordyn Brooks,” Ken Norton said a week ago. “He’s a fantastic football player. He looks like a linebacker. He runs like a linebacker. He acts like a guy who’s hungry and wants to play. I’m very pleased with his development so far.
“He’s physical. You want guys with speed to play fast. And then you want a guy to show up and think on the run. He’s really good in the mind. He’s really good carrying what we teach him in the meeting rooms over to the field.”