As good as the Philadelphia Eagles guard is, there’s still the possibility of failure.
It seems strange to put Brandon Brooks on a list like this one. There isn’t a Birds fan on the planet that doesn’t absolutely love Brandon Brooks. He’s a three-time Pro Bowl nod (2017-2019). He’s also one of the best at his position when he’s healthy. The problem is he’s never healthy, not anymore.
Everything needed for a letdown is here. He’s a starter. He plays an important position. He makes a ton of money. No one would be surprised if he started all 16 games or got hurt in the first game of the season. Since the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs at the end of the 2018-2019 season, Brooks’ season has ended because of an injury three times.
He ruptured his Achilles in that Divisional game versus the New Orleans Saints. He dislocated his shoulder in the final regular-season game of the 2019-2020 season. He again ruptured his Achilles tendon before the start of the 2020 season and began the campaign on Philly’s PUP (their physically unable to perform list). To make matters worse, even though he began practicing with the team on December 30th, he was never activated before the end of last year’s regular-season run.
Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard, in 2021 during the Philadelphia Eagles’ second practice of training camp, Brooks left the field with an injury and never returned. It appears that we’re off to a bad start and that he’ll never be fully healthy again, and after watching what transpired with this team’s offensive line last year, that has to make you cringe if you’re a Birds fan.