ST. LOUIS (FootballStL) -- Playing football in the month of December can be a difficult thing for an NFL rookie. In addition to the competition being stiffer, the season is much longer and more demanding than at the college level.
Michael Brockers is proving that the ‘rookie wall’ isn’t something that will slow him down.
“He’s healthy. He’s strong,” Jeff Fisher said. “There’s no sign of fatigue or anything like that, that rookie wall.”
An ankle injury suffered in the final preseason game kept Brockers out the first three weeks of the season. The injury may have been a blessing in disguise as the rookie defensive tackle continues to improve as the season has progressed.
“I can say from a lot of veterans there is such a thing as a rookie wall,” Brockers said. “In my case, I don’t think the rookie wall is in my nature because I missed four games with an injury. I felt like I was kind of left behind a little bit as far as not playing at the beginning of the season.
“Through the rest of the season, I feel like I’m just trying to catch up to the guys that did get three or four games ahead of me. There’s no rookie wall for me. I’m just going through and trying to get to the playoffs.”
His performance against the Bills last week is proof that Brockers isn’t your typical rookie who will hit the wall late in the season. He recorded 1.5 sacks, a career-high seven tackles and was credited with a forced fumble in the 15-12 victory over the Bills.
“He’s using his hands much better week in and week out,” Fisher said. “He’s controlling his block. He understands that we’ve got great edge speed and all we needed to compliment that edge speed with inside push and that’s what he’s getting us.”
Brockers acknowledged that as the weeks pass by, he has become more comfortable with the game.
“I felt like I knew I could do it,” Brockers said. “It’s just putting my mind to it and just going out there and executing. I think that’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks.”