A 2012 rookie minicamp tryout player, Brooks earned a spot on Bengals training camp roster, and later to a spot on Cincinnati practice squad ... Signed to team’s 2013 roster ... Played two seasons at Rutgers (2008-09), before transferring to Morgan State for remaining two seasons of eligibility (‘10-11).
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Bengals as college free agent on 5-14-12 ... Waived on 8-31-12, and signed 9-1-12 to Bengals practice squad ... Released from Bengals practice squad on 11-6-12 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 1-8-13.
2012 RECAP: Played in all four Bengals preseason games, rushing eight-for-18 with one TD and catching two passes for 13 yards ... Waived on Aug. 31, and signed Sept. 1 to Bengals practice squad ... Released from practice squad after Game 4.
COLLEGE: Rushed 160-for-798 (5.0 average) in two seasons (2008-09) at Rutgers, with 10 TDs ... As a sophomore, played in nine Rutgers games for squad that finished 9-4, rushing 60-for-282 with four TDs ... As a freshman, played in 11 games and was Rutgers’s second-leading rusher, logging 100 carries, 516 yards and six TDs ... In two seasons (2009-10) at Morgan State, rushed 154-for-459 (3.0) with two TDs.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Germantown, Md. ... Attended Seneca Valley High School.
Bengals starting tight end Jermaine Gresham won’t begin training camp on the field Thursday after the Bengals put him on the active/physically unable to perform list (PUP) Wednesday with a back issue.
If quarterback Andy Dalton is the face of the offense, then that must make Pro Bowl WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict the face of the Bengals defense at the tender age of 23. He has to be since new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is using him as an example of getting into the playbook.
There are two constants in the life of the Cincinnati Bengals at the beginning of any football season. Mock turtle soup and the quest for stability at the quarterback position and on Tuesday Mike Brown, heading into his 24th season as the Bengals president, one season longer than his dad had the job, toasted the stability of Andy Dalton.
As expected, the Bengals’ long active/PUP list shouldn’t put a dent in their regular season.