Tony Brooks-James

Pittsburgh Steelers
Running Back #20
Pittsburgh Steelers
Running Back #20

Tony Brooks-James News

Waived by Pittsburgh

The Steelers waived Brooks-James on Saturday.

Analysis: Brooks-James was one of nine players that were let go by the Steelers on Saturday as they try to get down to the mandatory 53-man roster by Tuesday. After being signed on Aug. 3, the 26-year-old made the most of his opportunities during training camp. He led the Steelers with nine carries for 51 yards in their second preseason game, but he ultimately couldn't climb Kalen Ballage and Jaylen Samuels on the depth chart.

Aug 28, 2021 4:33 PM EST

Top rusher in preseason win

Brooks-James recorded nine carries for 51 yards while hauling in one of his two targets for one yard in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Brooks-James didn't take the field in last week's Hall of Fame Game since he only signed with the team Aug. 3, but he saw increased looks out of the backfield with Kalen Ballage (lower body) and Benny Snell (undisclosed) unavailable. He led the team with 51 rushing yards and 5.7 yards per carry, but he's likely still behind Ballage, Snell, Trey Edmunds and Anthony McFarland on the depth chart since all of them are more proven as depth players.

Aug 13, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Resurfaces in Pittsburgh

Brooks-James signed a contract with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Analysis: Brooks-James spent time in Pittsburgh back in 2019, when he suited up for three games with the team and took eight carries for seven yards. This time around, Brooks-James will be facing steep competition for depth opportunities. Trey Edmunds, Kalen Ballage, Jaylen Samuels and Anthony McFarland are all more proven reserve players.

Aug 3, 2021 11:33 AM EST

Cut loose by Atlanta

The Falcons cut Brooks-James on Monday, Scott Blair of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Brooks-James was cut to make room for new signings Emmanuel Ellerbee and Jason Spriggs on the 90-man roster. The running back only suited up for a sole contest in Atlanta last season, in which he gained four yards on three carries.

Jul 26, 2021 12:55 PM EST

Sticking with Falcons

The Falcons signed Brooks-James to a reserve/future contract Monday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Brooks-James suited up in one game for the Falcons in 2020, recording four yards on three carries. There's plenty of uncertainty regarding the Falcons' backfield heading into the 2021 season, but Brooks-James likely isn't in the mix. He'll aim to secure a special-teams role.

Jan 4, 2021 12:52 PM EST

Moves back down to practice squad

Brooks-James reverted to the Falcons' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The Oregon product fielded three rushes over six offensive snaps during Sunday's 43-6 blowout of Las Vegas, generating only four yards in his Falcons debut. Starter Todd Gurley (knee) was ruled out against the Raiders after being unable to practice all week, providing Brooks-James with his first game appearance since he suited up for Pittsburgh during November of last year.

Nov 30, 2020 3:59 PM EST

Elevates from practice squad

The Falcons elevated Brooks-James to the active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Brooks-James signed with the Falcons' practice squad Monday and will immediately make his debut for the team with Todd Gurley (knee) sidelined. The 25-year-old is nothing more than backfield depth behind Brian Hill, Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison. Through three games for the Steelers in 2019, Brooks-James produced seven yards on eight carries.

Nov 28, 2020 2:33 PM EST

Heading to Atlanta

Brooks-James signed to the Falcons' practice squad Monday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old spent training camp with the Vikings but failed to make the season-opening roster. Brooks-James appeared in three games for the Steelers last season and had eight carries for seven yards while returning two kickoffs for 32 yards.

Nov 23, 2020 3:31 PM EST

Cut by Minnesota

Brooks-James was waived by the Vikings on Wednesday.

Analysis: Brooks-James was cut and re-signed by the team last month already, but finally met his fate Wednesday. The Oregon product spent time with Pittsburgh last season, taking eight carries for seven yards and a pair of kick returns for 32 yards. He'll look elsewhere around the league to earn a depth role for 2020.

Sep 2, 2020 6:06 PM EST

Rejoins Vikings

Brooks-James signed a contract with the Vikings on Saturday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: That didn't take long. One week after being waived by the Vikings, the team re-signed the undrafted running back. It'll be interesting to see if he's near the bottom of the barrel in terms of roster status in future weeks, at least for now, the speedy back will attempt to contend for a spot on the final 53-man roster.

Aug 15, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Cut by Vikings

The Vikings waived Brooks-James on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Brooks-James went undrafted in 2019 and has spent time with the Falcons, Steelers and Vikings in the interim. He actually got some playing time with Pittsburgh last year when injuries hammered the backfield, taking eight carries for seven yards and a pair of kick returns for 32 yards. Brooks-James will look to get another chance with a different organization.

Aug 8, 2020 4:52 PM EST

Signs reserve/future contract

Brooks-James signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: This move should keep Brooks-James on Minnesota's practice squad, and he'll look to crack the 53-man roster in camp next season.

Jan 12, 2020 4:20 PM EST

Joins Vikings' practice squad

Minnesota signed Brooks-James to its practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: The 25-year-old running back was recently let go by the Steelers. In three appearances with Pittsburgh this season, Brooks-James rushed eight times for seven yards, not exactly a threatening stat line to the likes of Dalvin Cook.

Dec 11, 2019 12:17 PM EST

Waived by Pittsburgh

Brooks-James was waived by the Steelers on Saturday.

Analysis: Brooks-James signed with the Steelers in early November and carried eight times for seven yards in his three games with the team. Kerrith Whyte replaces him on the 53-man roster and will provide backfield depth for Pittsburgh.

Nov 16, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Joins Pittsburgh's practice squad

Brooks-James signed with the Steelers' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Oregon will join the Steelers ahead of their bye week. With James Conner dealing with a quadriceps injury and Jaylen Samuels (knee) out for a few more weeks, Brooks-James will learn the system and remain on standby in case of further injuries.

Oct 15, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Lands on Bucs' practice squad

Brooks-James signed with Tampa Bay's practice squad Monday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneer's official site reports.

Analysis: Brooks-James originally signed with Atlanta in May as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, but he wasn't able to stick to their 53-man roster. The 23-year-old exploded in the Falcons' preseason finale, rushing 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard score.

Sep 3, 2019 9:50 AM EST

Explodes in preseason finale

Brooks-James ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries during Thursday's 31-12 preseason win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Oregon more than tripled his rushing output from his first four exhibition outings, ripping off multiple explosive gains against the second and third-string units of Jacksonville. Brooks-James started slow with three yards on his first two carries, but gained at least eight yards on seven of his remaining 13 attempts -- including touchdown scampers from 14 and 52 yards out. He was not widely expected to make the 53-man roster coming into the matchup against Jacksonville, but very likely cemented a practice squad spot for himself with Thursday night's performance.

Aug 29, 2019 7:41 PM EST

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