RENTON, Wash. - Former Oregon running back Tony Brooks-James is chasing his NFL dream one city at a time.
After going undrafted last weekend, Brooks received a phone call from Atlanta, which offered him a tryout during its rookie minicamp May 10 through 12. Shortly after that phone call ended, Seattle gave him a ring inviting him to the Seahawks' rookie minicamp, which began today and continues through Sunday.
"This camp was before the Atlanta camp so I figured why not?" Brooks-James said. "Increase my odds."
Brooks-James, who rushed for 1,863 yards and 18 touchdowns during his time at Oregon, is fighting the odds to make it in the NFL as an undrafted rookie.
"I'm just looking to compete, really," he said.
One trait he certainly has going for him is his speed, which could give him a shot at sticking someplace as a kick returner and kick coverage specialist.
"I'm definitely trying to be a special teams guy," he said. "That's where I made my money at in college. I'm just trying to bring that to the next level."
Brooks-James averaged 26.1 yards per kick return last year and 25.7 per return as a redshirt junior.
"I think I have a chance to stick here or in Atlanta," Brooks-James said. "It's all about getting a chance to stick and stand out."
He then paused and smiled before letting it be known, "I'm making a team."