After stellar rookie season, Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks focused on adding interceptions to his game

Jun 16, 2021, 1:09 AM
Seahawks Jordyn Brooks...
The only thing missing from Jordyn Brooks' rookie season was an interception. (Getty)

Jordyn Brooks lived up to his billing as the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick in 2020.

O’Neil: When it comes to star CB Stephon Gilmore, Seahawks should pass

Despite being a rookie, Brooks established himself as one of Seattle’s best defensive players as the season wore on, especially after healing up from an early knee sprain that kept him out of action in Week 4 and Week 5.

Brooks finished the year with 57 combined tackles, two tackles for loss and two passes defensed in 14 games, and if you throw in an eight-tackle performance in the Seahawks’ one playoff game, he had five or more tackles seven times last season.

After such a stellar rookie campaign, what’s next for the 23-year-old Texas Tech product? He joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s Wyman and Bob on Tuesday, the first day of the Seahawks’ mandatory minicamp, and he revealed there’s something he wants to add to his game. The one thing he didn’t have in 2020 was an interception, and he made it clear he wants that to quickly become a strength of his.

“I tell myself and I tell people around me that I envision myself getting interceptions and taking it 100 yards,” Brooks said. “And so my whole focus this year during the offseason was just breaking on routes, reading the QB’s intentions, trying to do the extra stuff to try to get those interceptions.”

A closer look at Brooks: Promising plays vs. Arizona | Flattens Kittle

The Seahawks probably wouldn’t mind a few extra picks coming from their weakside (WILL) linebacker in 2021, especially since they were in the middle of the pack in interceptions last season, tying for 12th among NFL teams with 14.

Brooks had plenty more to talk about during the interview, including how much comfortable he feels going into his second year as a pro and what his offseason workout plan looked like. You can listen to the full segment in the podcast at this link or in the player below beginning around the 24-minute mark.

Follow Brent Stecker on Twitter.

Rost: Hurdle for Seahawks, Jamal Adams is NFL’s pay structure

Wyman & Bob

Wyman and Bob

Seahawks Will LEvis...
Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks Draft: Kentucky PxP explains why Will Levis’ comp is Josh Allen

Mel Kiper has the Seahawks taking Kentucky QB Will Levis. Kentucky announcer Tom Leach shares why Levis draws comparisons to a top NFL QB.
18 hours ago
Mariners Bryce Miller...
Brandon Gustafson

Dipoto: State of Mariners’ prospect bats, Bryce Miller could have bullpen role

Are any Mariners hitting prospects close to the big leagues? Jerry Dipoto answered that and shared a look at Bryce Miller's potential role.
18 hours ago
Mariners Kolten Wong...
Brandon Gustafson

2B Kolten Wong excited both to join Mariners, play with new shift rule

The Mariners have a new second baseman in Kolten Wong, who joined Wyman and Bob to discuss coming to Seattle and 2023's new shift limitations.
2 days ago
Joe Fann

Fann: 5 Mariners takeaways from Jerry Dipoto with Wyman & Bob

When listening to Mariners decision-maker Jerry Dipoto talk to Wyman & Bob on Wednesday, five things stood out to coumnist Joe Fann.
2 days ago
Seahawks Geno Smith...
Mike Lefko

Lefko: New salary cap makes Seahawks’ decisions for QB and draft easy

The NFL salary cap is making its biggest jump ever from 2022 to 2023. Mike Lefko explains what that means for the Seahawks, Geno Smith and their draft.
3 days ago
Mariners Scott Servais...
Brent Stecker

Mariners’ Scott Servais: High expectations of fans ‘a great thing’

Mariners manager Scott Servais is feeling something different from the team's fans going into the 2023 season, and he's a fan of it.
4 days ago
After stellar rookie season, Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks focused on adding interceptions to his game