ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Cornerback Ron Brooks knows a little something about patience and opportunity.
Taken by the Bills in the fourth round of the NFL draft, Brooks played behind two of the top corners in the country on the LSU depth chart. Dallas first round draft choice Morris Claiborne and Heisman Trophy runner up Tyrann Mathieu both started in front of Brooks, who still played in 53 career games for LSU.
Most believe he would have been a starter at another school, but Brooks never thought about transferring and really liked the challenge of playing at LSU.
Brooks told the media after Saturday's rookie camp session "You would think that not playing would make you want to change schools but for me it was a fight. I wanted to be the best at what I did and at LSU we're known for having great defensive backs so I knew I had to come out there and work. Those guys pushed me to the point where I'm at now."
Brooks chance to start last season came against Auburn when players including Mathieu were suspended. He returned an interception for a touchdown. He had three picks in his college career and he took them all back for touchdowns. "I didn't know when the next time I'd get in and play and get a play so whenever I did make a play I wanted to make the most of it."
During rookie camp, Brooks has been working on the left side with top draft choice Stephon Gilmore on the right. When Brooks makes a play he loves to hear it from the crowd. "It just excites me knowing that the fans are behind you that just gives you more confidence to go out there and do what you do and that's what I fed off of. At LSU the fan base was amazing so hopefully I'll be able to come up here and the fans give me that same energy and I give the same energy back to our fans and hopefully get us a Super Bowl."
Special teams play is what got Brooks drafted. It just might be what punches his ticket to a roster spot with the Bills.