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2006 Player Profile: QB - Aaron Brooks
July 14, 2006 Discuss Player Here | Team Page
Year Team Gms Plays Att Comp Pass
Yards
Pass
TDs
Int Rush Rush
Yards
Rush
TDs
Total
TDs
300 Yard
Gms
2 TD
Gms
2003 NO 16 570 518 306 3546 24 8 52 183 2 26 1 7
2004 NO 16 599 542 309 3810 21 16 57 199 4 25 2 8
2005 NO 13 470 431 240 2882 13 17 45 281 2 15 2 5
  AVG 15 546 497 285 3413 19 14 51 221 3 22 2 7
Age: 30      Years Played: 7      Height: 6'4"     Weight: 220

Background:  Aaron Lafette Brooks, the second cousin of Atlanta Falcons star QB Michael Vick and Dolphins prospect Marcus Vick, was a three sport star at Homer L. Ferguson High School in Newport New, Virginia.  Brooks was voted team MVP in his final two seasons, playing both quarterback and free safety, finishing his schoolboy career with 4,396 yards passing and 42 touchdowns in three seasons while rushing for 791 yards and eight scores.  In basketball, Brooks totaled 1,069 career points, earning first team All-District and team MVP honors as a senior.

The 6-4, 220 pound quarterback finished among the top five in nearly every passing category for the University of Virginia, second in touchdown passes (33), third all-time in passing yards (5,118), attempts (651), completions (357) and total offense (5,665 yards).  He also holds the school record with six 300 yard passing games, including the school’s single game record of 390 set against Virginia Tech in 1997.  The anthropology degree-holder was also author of the greatest comeback in school football history, throwing for a season-high 345 yards in the 1998 victory over arch-rival Virginia Tech.  As a senior, Brooks led Virginia to a 9-3 record and a Peach Bowl appearance, completing a career-high 290 pass attempts for 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Brooks was selected by the Green Bay Packers with a free agency compensatory pick in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft and spent his rookie season as the Packers third string quarterback.

The New Orleans Saints traded for the talented-but-little-used second year pro in July of 2000 and became the Saints starting quarterback in Week 10 of that season after starter Jeff Blake a season-ending injury.  Brooks showed promise, finishing the year completing 113 of 194 passes for 1,514 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions with 170 yards rushing and two scores.

In his next three seasons as the Saints full-time starter (2001-03), Brooks would blossom into a very productive fantasy football quarterback (averaging 3,650 passing yards, 25.6 touchdowns passes, nearly two rushing scores (1.6) and 15 interceptions) while struggling in the wins and losses part of the job (24-24, losing the last four games of 2001 and the last three of 2002).

The Saints finished 8-8 in 2004 after finishing with the same record in 2003, failing to make the playoffs in either campaign and fan sentiment began to swing ferociously against him as his penchant for chewing sun flower seeds on the sidelines and smiling as he ambled nonchalantly off the field during many New Orleans late-game meltdowns provided a perception of indifference as to whether the Saints won or lost each week. 

The 2005 season was the last straw for the Saints as Brooks compiled his worst season as a full-time starter with 2,882 yards with only 13 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and a miserable 3-10 record before the coaching staff benched him for the final three games of the 3-13 season, sealing his departure out of the bayou which eventually resulted in his signing with the Oakland Raiders.

What’s new for 2006:   Brooks should begin the season as the Raiders starter, barring an upset by second year QB Andrew Walter (whom the Raiders selected in the third round (69th overall) in the 2005 Draft), and he will have a highly-skilled supporting cast around him with RB Lamont Jordan and wide receivers, Randy Moss and Jerry Porter. 
Surely Oakland is relying on their franchise’s reputation for restoring the careers of talented underachievers from other teams (see Jim Plunkett, Rich Gannon) but Brooks did severe damage to his NFL QB credibility after the last two mistake-filled seasons in New Orleans and the Raiders have hedged their bet, only signing the 30 year old quarterback to a two year deal after failing to secure their first option, Daunte Culpepper.  Art Shell has implied restoring the long ball to the Oakland offense and Brooks has a live arm to reach Moss and Porter down the field but he remains a high risk fantasy football pick because of the ease in which he self-destructs during the latter stages of games, which could lead to a quick hook off the field.  That being said, based on his ability and the team he has landed on, Brooks should be one of the biggest boom or bust gambles of 2006, for high-stakes players only.

2005 2004 2003
Wk Opp PY PTD Int RY RT
1 @CAR 192     32  
2 @NYG 375 1 3 1  
3 @MIN 199 1 2 29  
4 BUF 172     33 1
5 @GB 146   2 32  
6 ATL 259 2 1 28  
7 @STL 230 2 1 28  
8 MIA 181   1 34  
9 CHI 170 1 2 -6 1
11 @NE 343 2 1 3  
12 @NYJ 181 3   -2  
13 TB 215   4 9  
14 @ATL 219 1   24  
15 CAR          
16 DET          
17 @TB          
Wk Opp PY PTD Int RY RT
1 SEA 223 1 1 16  
2 SF 279 3   4  
3 @STL 316 1   27  
4 @ARI 242     13  
5 TB 106 2 1 15  
6 MIN 249 1 1 25 1
7 @OAK 282 1      
9 @SD 173 1 1 15  
1 KC 259 1 1 1 1
11 @DEN 377 1 3 7  
12 @ATL 189 1 2 1 1
13 CAR 251 3 2 8  
14 @DAL 252 1 2 18  
15 @TB 169 2   17  
16 ATL 227 1 2 12 1
17 @CAR 216 1   11  
Wk Opp PY PTD Int RY RT
1 @SEA 274 1 1 2  
2 HOU 189 2   4  
3 @TEN 185 1   15  
4 IND 166   2 9  
5 @CAR 189 1 1 23  
6 CHI 153 2   14  
7 @ATL 352 3   15  
8 CAR 187 2 1 3  
9 @TB 142 1 1 15  
11 ATL 228   2 37  
12 @PHI 287 1   7  
13 @WAS 121 1   11 2
14 TB 238 1   4  
15 NYG 296 5   11  
16 @JAX 296 2   6  
17 DAL 243 1   7  

Recent Priority News

02/22/07
The Oakland Raiders have elected to not pick up the $5 million option on Aaron Brook's contract, thereby releasing him into free agency.
Huddle Up: Yet another sign that the Raiders will very likely opt for a quarterback with that first round pick and almost certainly it will be JaMarcus Russell. No word yet if the Raiders will acquire a veteran player to keep the seat warm for Russell or if the Raiders will just rely on Andrew Walter until they deem Russell ready to play.

12/22/06
Oakland QB Aaron Brooks missed practice with a sore neck on Thursday, but he's still probable for Saturday's game against Kansas City.
Huddle Up: Not that it really matters. It's doubtful that any fantasy football player even has a Raider on his or her roster anymore.

11/15/06
Oakland QB Aaron Brooks (pectoral) said on Tuesday that he's available to return to the starting lineup. Backup QB Andrew Walter, who recently criticized the team's playbook, has started seven straight games in Brooks' absence. Raiders head coach Art Shell has not committed to either QB for the team's game at Kansas City on Sunday.
Huddle Up: Oakland has the NFL's worst passing game under Walter's direction, and the Raiders passing "attack" has barely been a factor in fantasy circles. Brooks will probably start against the Chiefs on Sunday, but he should remain glued to the bench in fantasy play.

11/02/06
Oakland Raiders QB Aaron Brooks has returned to practice today but according to coach Shell will not be the starter for Oaklands next game. Second-year player Andrew Walter will get his sixth start in a row for the Raiders. Brooks who is returning from a strained pectoral muscle sustained several weeks ago, will have to compete with Walter to get his starting job back.
Huddle Up: The Raiders seem to view Walter as their QB of the future and will be reluctant to replace him as long as the silver and black are winning games. Brooks will have minimal fantasy value at this point until he is able to get back in the games as the starter. Even if he does get his starting position back he will be no better than an injury replacement.

10/04/06
Oakland QB Aaron Brooks (strained pectoral muscle) declared himself out for the Raiders' game on Sunday against San Francisco, though head coach Art Shell listed him as questionable for the game. As a result, backup QB Andrew Walter is expected to make his second NFL start.
Huddle Up: Brooks, Walters, vintage Johnny Unitas - it doesn't matter who starts at QB for Oakland these days, he will not be a safe fantasy play. In three games this season, the Raiders' passing game has exactly one TD to its credit and is averaging 108.7 yards per game. 49ers defense or no, fantasy owners had best steer clear of this one.

09/18/06
Starting quarterback Aaron Brooks left the game with the Baltimore Ravens Sunday with an injury to his right shoulder. Brooks departed after fumbling two snaps from center on the Raiders first two possessions of the day. Backup quarterback Andrew Walter came into the game and completed 10/27 passes for 162 yards and 3 interceptions. The Ravens defense turned in a steller performance sacking Oakland quarterbacks 6 times and forcing 4 turnovers.
Huddle Up: Brooks, acquired in the offseason as a free agent, has been inconsistent from the start for the Raiders. In his defense, it would be hard for any quarterback to be successful with the Raiders getting sacked 6 times in a game like they were on Sunday. Fantasy owners should find a better option at quarterback due mainly to the poor offensive line protection that the Raiders are giving their signal callers. Oakland will be off in Week 3 and will evaluate the injury to Brooks to determine the severity.

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