Aaron Brooks Scouting Report

The Oakland Raiders inked quarterback Aaron Brooks on Wednesday, solving their need for a starting quarterback. Here's an in depth look at Brooks and what a change of scenery might do.

Aaron Brooks (New Orleans) a couple seasons ago could have been regarded as one of the up-and-coming players are the quarterback position. Since his rise to potential stardom, Brooks has struggled through what is known as the under-achieving New Orleans Saints.

A gifted athlete, Brooks over the past couple seasons has gotten away from the strength of his game. His athleticism.

When playing to his ability, Brooks is elusive. He can move away from the pass rush, set and throw the ball downfield with accuracy, and raise the level of play around him. Never displaying the patience to be a true pocket-passer, Brooks would often force himself to stay in the pocket, and then utilize his speed and quickness to make plays.

The issue with Brooks has been he hasn't played with consistency. Rather than set and throw, Brooks is often throwing on the run, which has led to an increased number of poor decisions and turnovers. His athleticism, an asset earlier in his career has become a deterrent, as the quarterback will quickly escape the pocket and throw into coverage, rather than let the play develop.

Some of the issue surrounding Brooks decline as a top-quality quarterback can be attributed to the situation within the New Orleans organization and New Orleans itself. The troubles and turmoil in New Orleans played on Brooks, with a change of scenery being a very good opportunity for him.

Looking for a starting quality quarterback, the Oakland Raiders could be a solid-match for Brooks. The Raiders are a vertical offensive team and Brooks can throw the ball downfield. Oakland head coach Art Shell is a players-type coach, which should fit well into the make-up of Brooks.


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