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Brooks Looks To Fulfill Potential In Philly


Ron Brooks may only have three career starts to his name, but the former Buffalo Bill has high expectations now that he's in a new home.

"I'm trying to come out to be the starting corner. I'm coming out to compete to start," Brooks said at his press conference on Thursday. "I'm not here to sit and take a back seat to anybody, just as I would expect the same mentality with (new Eagles safety) Rodney (McLeod) and anybody else who comes to play for this team. Nobody is looking to be the backup. Everybody is going out to play."

Brooks signed his three-year contract on Thursday. The 5-10, 190-pound physical corner has made his living on special teams. Two years ago, he was second on the team with a career-high 10 special teams tackles. However, Brooks played just 54 snaps on defense in 2015.

"I'll kick the field goals, whatever needs to be done to make sure my team is in the best position to win," joked Brooks, who noted his longest field goal is 38 yards.

Fortunately, new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is well aware of what Brooks can do after coaching him in 2014.

"They didn't have a lot of film on me, didn't see a lot of things, but obviously they saw something in me that fit with the scheme that Schwartz is putting together, with this team that they're putting together," Brooks said.

Brooks is the third former Buffalo defensive player to join the Eagles this week along with cornerback Leodis McKelvin and linebacker Nigel Bradham.

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