Ex-Wildcat Brooks Reed shows more ‘vast improvement’ in preseason gameby Anthony Gimino on Aug. 22, 2011, under Arizona football
Former Arizona Wildcats defensive end Brooks Reed, coming off an impressive preseason game, is solidifying his spot in the Houston Texans’ rotation as a rookie.
Reed, a second-round pick, had two sacks and forced two fumbles Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
“He’s probably the one player right now showing the most vast improvement from day-to-day, practice-to-practice and game-to-game,” said Texans coach Gary Kubiak.
Reed is making the transition to outside linebacker, although he plays as a rush end in passing situations.
Kubiak said Reed, a Sabino High graduate, also will be a big help on special teams.
Said Reed in the Houston Chronicle about his Saturday performance: “Besides those two plays, I feel like I could have done better. That’s what the preseason’s for. So far, it’s been a huge learning experience for me.”
Reed is listed second-string at strong-side linebacker. His former University of Arizona teammate, Earl Mitchell, is competing with Shaun Cody for the starting nose tackle position for the Texans.