Brooks Reed
Brooks Reed
32-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Arizona Cardinals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Reed started an average of 13 games per season from 2011-2014 as a member of the Texans, with his rookie campaign being arguably his best output (45 tackles, six sacks). In his first two years in Atlanta his role was far less extensive, as Reed started in 12 total games, registering two sacks and 38 tackles. That is until 2017, when Vic Beasley's shift to outside linebacker opened up an opportunity for the veteran defensive end to rack up his highest sack count since his rookie year with four. Given that the Falcons have former first-round picks coming off either side of the defensive front in Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley, Reed will look to settle into a rotational role this season, likely playing somewhere between 25-to-30 percent of the snaps. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cardinals in February of 2019.
Signs one-year deal
LBArizona Cardinals
February 9, 2019
Reed signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Cardinals on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Reed is expected to play outside linebacker for the Cardinals, providing a bit of depth for a team that is expected to see at least three meaningful linebackers enter free agency during the offseason.
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Measurables Review
How do Brooks Reed's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
254 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.11 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.5 in
 
Broad Jump
113 in
 
Bench Press
30 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Brooks Reed
2015 Team Preview: Atlanta Falcons
June 22, 2015
Consecutive underwhelming seasons caused Mike Smith to lose his job and prompted the Falcons' brass to bring in a new,defensive-minded coach in Dan Quinn to take over the reins. Can Atlanta come out on top of a winnable division?
IDP Analysis: Mario is Super Again in Buffalo
December 7, 2012
Mario Williams' season started slowly, but the last five weeks he's been an IDP stalwart.
Three-Round Mock Draft: Two WRs In the Top 10?
March 27, 2012
Now that Buffalo is loaded at defensive end, WR Michael Floyd makes sense at 10.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Reed is currently listed as a starter at defensive end for the Falcons. He played some linebacker last year, but injuries and a change in defensive philosophy led to Reed being shifted back to defensive end, where he saw some success in Houston. If he can stay healthy and beat out Adrian Clayborn, he’s in line for a bounce back year on a defense that should see plenty of sack opportunities.
Reed had the worst year of his career in his first year in Atlanta in 2015, only managing 17 tackles and failing to record a sack in 13 games. He should have no problem bouncing back from such a dismal season, but considering he played in less than 33 percent of the team's defensive snaps last season, the rotational Reed won't be on many IDP radars.
Brooks is currently projected to start as the strong side linebacker for the Falcons in 2015, but don't expect him to have a breakout season in his first year with the team. He's averaged just over 40 tackles and a couple of sacks in four years in the league. If he can stay healthy, he should improve those numbers, but not greatly.
Reed will be a starter at linebacker, though it's not known if he'll line up inside or outside. An outside backer for three years in Houston, Reed has been getting reps inside during the 2014 offseason practice sessions. The Texans did add inside linebacker Akeem Dent, who could claim a spot inside, freeing Reed to work outside. However, the outside figures to be clogged up with Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney. Reed (11.5 sacks in three seasons) will be somewhere in the mix.
Reed will be a starting linebacker for Houston, likely at outside linebacker on the strong side, but there was some talk of having him play some in the interior. Having him learn the inside stuff will give coaches some in-game flexibility, but the Texans like Reed on the outside.
Reed will start at right outside linebacker for the Texans, where he is a sack threat due to his speed off the edge.
Reed was a defensive end during his years in college at the University of Arizona, but the Texans feel he's well-suited to be an outside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense. There's a good chance he'll be a regular contributor on defense, backing up Connor Barwin and Mario Williams on the edgge.
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Time's up in Atlanta
LBFree Agent
February 6, 2019
Reed posted Wednesday on his personal Instagram account that he won't be returning to the Falcons in 2019, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Quiet 2018 campaign
LBAtlanta Falcons
January 3, 2019
Reed registered 24 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble this season for the Falcons.
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Restructures contract with Falcons
LBAtlanta Falcons
March 8, 2018
Reed and the Falcons have come to terms on a revised contract which will keep him in Atlanta for a fourth season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Compiles four sacks in 2017
LBAtlanta Falcons
January 17, 2018
Reed produced 41 tackles and four sacks across 16 regular-season games in 2017.
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Sack in win
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 14, 2017
Reed recorded three tackles, all solo, and a sack in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
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