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FLORHAM PARK, right to where he was running., N.J. (AP) -- Terrence Brooks watched as the ball seemed to float through the air
And the New York Jets safety couldn't believe it.
A moment later, which helped seal a 20-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday., an ecstatic Brooks was dashing across the field and celebrating his second interception of the game
''Honestly, you don't feel anything., man, I just felt so comfortable, but I can't even explain that moment to you. You don't hear anything,'' Brooks said Friday about the play. ''Everything was just so slow in that moment. I don't know, man
''I felt like it was just me and the ball the whole time.''
Brooks, who was selected the AFC defensive player of the week for his performance,
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, so the Jets were ready as soon as they saw how the Dolphins lined up., got his big day started midway through the third quarter when he picked off Matt Haack's fake punt attempt that was intended for Leonte Carroo. Brooks said Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer had his unit practice against that play all week leading up to the game
''We all recognized it and everybody communicated,
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,'' Brooks said. ''I was just fortunate enough that he threw it in my direction. A lot of people were like, 'Maybe I should've knocked it down.''', 'He should've knocked that down.' After I made the play and saw it,
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, I was like
Brooks broke out into a wide grin.,Then
''But at the same time, I probably wouldn't have gotten the award, that play was awesome.'', so there's a give and take. But for the most part
but Josh McCown and the offense marched the ball down the field to set up Chandler Catanzaro's 22-yard field goal that gave the Jets a 20-0 lead.,New York got the ball at Miami's 49 instead of the 28
''I feel like it got the crowd going and got the team going and that's what you want to do, whose only other NFL interception came last season with the Eagles.,'' said Brooks
four days before the Jets' preseason finale against the Eagles.,Brooks is one of the newest Jets on a roster filled with newcomers. He was traded to New York from Philadelphia for cornerback Dexter McDougle on Aug. 27
''It was kind of crazy, so I was like,'' Brooks recalled of hearing the news. ''It was just a regular day and I was eating my breakfast and they came in and tapped me and told me to come with them. I was like, I don't know what to do now?, 'Man, I just had one of the best training camps ever.' I thought I was getting cut
''So, 'OK, I go up there and they're like, that's OK. I can deal with that.''', 'Hey, you've been traded to the Jets.' I was like
It was a trade of once highly touted players who hadn't quite yet lived up to expectations. Brooks was drafted in the third round in 2014 out of Florida State by Baltimore, 79th overall - one pick ahead of McDougle. With the Jets, and a key contributor on special teams., Brooks is a backup on defense behind rookie starters Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye
''We knew he was a tough guy,
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, he's showed it. He picked everything up pretty good and he started playing more and more. He was good on special teams and we decided to incorporate him on some of the defenses.'','' Jets coach Todd Bowles said. ''We knew he could be a ballhawk and make plays and help us from a depth standpoint. As he got here
and that's still his single-season high despite him missing the final two games that year with a torn knee ligament. Brooks had four total tackles in 11 games last season with the Eagles.,
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,Brooks spent his first two seasons with the Ravens and played with the Eagles last year. He had 19 overall tackles as a rookie
''When I first got here, and I can do a lot more.'',
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,they were like, 'We're going to play you,
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, though,' and that's all I needed to hear,'' Brooks said. ''That's what I've been working for for so long. I got that chance and got an opportunity to get out on the field and show people what I can do. I feel that was only a small part
When he was in Philadelphia, Brooks picked the brain of nine-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Dawkins,
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, trying to glean something from the way they played., who is a football operations executive with the Eagles. He still keeps in touch with Dawkins and constantly pulls up old games of other great safeties such as Ed Reed
''To me, we can make that happen. I just want to keep improving each week and bring something to this team.'', I felt like I've always had that in me,'' said Brooks, man. Hopefully, who didn't start playing safety until his junior year at Florida State. ''It's just the point of other guys giving me that chance. That's why I'm so thankful to be here. The coaches believe in me and want to get me on the field and they like what I do. I want to be here, and I want to be here for a long time
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