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Basic StatsJonathon Brooks's Basic Stats

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ADP: 8.7
Bye: 11
Experience: 0
Age: 20.8
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 216

Jonathon Brooks's Weekly Outlook

Week 1 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
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Jonathon Brooks's 2024 Projections & Outlook


#27 Running Back

181.2 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
8.7 204 879 6.15 1.5 0 28.5 216 1.05

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Basic StatsJonathon Brooks's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

The Panthers invested heavily in Brooks by drafting him at 46th overall with their limited draft capital.

Typically, he would be the clear top RB on the team and in line for a ton of touches this season. But Brooks' ACL tear this past November adds some uncertainty to his 2024 outlook.

If he can recover quickly, Brooks should easily surpass Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders, and his talent gives him top-12 upside in the Rachaad White role in this offense.

We are higher on Brooks than his RB3 ADP due to his high ceiling this season.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Brooks was selected by the Panthers with the 46th overall pick in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
  • He spent three seasons in college at Texas.
  • In 2021 and 2022, he was the third-string RB backing up Roschon Johnson and Bijan Robinson.
  • In 2023, he had the best year of his career:
    • 187 carries
    • 1,139 yards
    • 6.09 yards per carry
    • 10 TDs
  • Brooks recorded the 29th most rushing yards in the FBS, despite missing four games.
  • Brooks is also a capable receiver. He graded 19th among RBs in Pro Football Focus receiving grade while having 25 receptions for 286 yards and a TD.
  • Brooks suffered an ACL tear against TCU on November 11, 2024.
  • At the NFL Combine, Brooks measured in at 6’0 and 216 pounds.
  • He did not work out before the draft due to his injury.

What to Expect in 2024

  • Brooks will play under HC Dave Canales, who will be calling plays for the Panthers offense.
    • Canales was the OC for the Buccaneers last season.
    • Under Canales, the Buccaneers ranked 23rd in the NFL with 439 rushes.
    • Rachaad White ranked ninth among RBs in expected PPR points per game and 10th in actual PPR points per game as Canales’ feature back.
  • The Panthers are expected to take a step forward this year after only winning two games last season. They are fourth in the NFC South and 31st in the league with a 5.5 win total at most sportsbooks.
  • The Panthers have the worst odds in the NFL to win the Super Bowl at +25000 at most sportsbooks.
  • Brooks enters his first season at 21 years old. According to our aging curve research, the average RB with Brooks’ draft capital and profile produces 80% of his peak value at age-21.

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Panthers HC Dave Canales talked up RB Jonathon Brooks' versatility in his post-draft press conference. "He's a bigger back. He's got range. There's so much that he brings from a versatility standpoint," Canales said. "That's probably the biggest thing that stood out. Vision, patience, contact balance, acceleration. He's got it all. He's the best back in this class and we're so fired up to be able to bring him in." Canales also talked about his system looking to flex RBs out wide and get them in space with the screen game. That's exactly what we saw from Canales' Bucs offense last year, with RB Rachaad White ranking top-9 among RBs in targets, catches, and receiving yards. Brooks flashed strong pass-catching skills in his 10 outings last season, averaging 28.6 receiving yards per game and 11.4 yards per catch. With RBs Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders as his only backfield competition, Brooks has a chance to capture a big role early in his rookie season. The only real roadblock is his recovery from his November ACL tear.

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Panthers RB Jonathon Brooks confirmed on Friday night that he's on track to be ready for training camp after tearing his ACL in November. “I’m out there, I’m running, I’m about to start cutting," Brooks said. "So I’m progressing well. I’m right on track on where I need to be." Despite the knee injury, Brooks was the only RB in the class to get Round 2 capital. And he landed in a backfield with Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders as the competition for touches. The Panthers might slow-roll Brooks early this season. But it shouldn't take him long to emerge as the clear lead back. He boasts top-20 upside in redraft leagues and already looks like a top-12 dynasty RB.

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Jonathon Brooks, RB CAR
Dynasty MVP 107.5
Position Rank #25 RB
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With Bijan Robinson in the pros, Brooks’ time to shine arrived in 2023. And he did, ranking top-10 nationally in yards after contact per attempt and Pro Football Focus’ elusive rating. He proved explosive as a pass-catcher, too. Just one problem: Brooks’ season ended with a November ACL tear, putting his availability in question for Week 1 of 2024. Long term, he projects as a multi-year RB1.
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