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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
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The Times-Picayune confirms there's "little doubt" Brandin Cooks will be the top target in the Saints' passing game.
Cooks, who was fully healthy all offseason, watched Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills get traded away. Beyond lumbering Marques Colston and satellite back C.J. Spiller, Drew Brees is going to struggle to find reliable targets. Cooks, who was on pace to catch 85 balls as a rookie last year when he got injured, is a candidate for 100 receptions this time around. Jul 21 - 9:18 AM

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The Saints expect Brandin Cooks to play faster this season.

"He’s in his second year with a lot more knowledge of what we’re doing," Coach Sean Payton said. "That allows [him] to play faster. He’s progressed well." The Saints are expected to throw less as they move to a run-balanced offense, but Cooks projects for high-volume targets as Drew Brees’s top option. Cooks is the No. 16 wideout in our early 2015 rankings.
Jul 3 - 4:57 PM

Brandin Cooks said he's improved mentally since last season.

Cooks missed the second half of his rookie season with a thumb injury. Since then, he's been working nonstop and seems to have a much better grasp of the Saints' offense. "I’m definitely ahead of where I was last year mentally, knowing my plays and just having that true confidence when I’m running around," said Cooks. "Because taking the thinking out of it, some of that thinking I was doing last year can really slow you down." Cooks is New Orleans' unquestioned No. 1 following the departures of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills.
Jun 8 - 9:27 AM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune says a completely healthy Brandin Cooks "could chalk up No. 1 receiver-type numbers."

The offseason movement has broken nicely for Cooks, as Kenny Stills and Jimmy Graham were both traded away and not replaced. Cooks, who was on pace for 85 catches, 997 total yards and more than six touchdowns before going down with a thumb injury last year, will be counted on for even more this year. He's locked in as the No. 1 target and still has tons of room for improvement as he enters his age-22 season.
May 5 - 11:49 AM

Drew Brees talked up second-year WR Brandin Cooks on Wednesday and revealed he's spent time this offseason training with Cooks in San Diego.

Quietly, Cooks was leading all rookie wide receivers in receptions (53) when he suffered a year-ending thumb injury last Week 10. "Man, I love everything about him," Brees said of Cooks. "His makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent." With Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills out of the picture, 21-year-old Cooks is a prime sophomore breakout candidate.
Apr 22 - 11:00 PM

The Saints plan to open the season with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston at the top of their depth chart.

New Orleans traded Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, leaving Cooks and Colston as the favorites for targets. Cooks was limited to the slot in 10 games as a rookie, but projects to move outside in base sets. The Saints are likely to add competition for Colston, with Louisville’s DeVante Parker and Miami’s Phillip Dorsett among their pre-draft visits. Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, and Brandon Coleman are also competing for snaps.
Apr 18 - 2:58 PM

Brandin Cooks was on pace for 85 catches, 997 yards from scrimmage, and over six touchdowns before succumbing to a year-ending thumb injury as a rookie.

Cooks was a hit-and-miss fantasy asset before going down, but these are pretty nice numbers for a rookie wideout who didn't turn 21 until his first NFL season was three weeks old. Cooks' fantasy outlook got a bump this offseason when the Saints traded away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. See where Cooks lands in Evan Silva's Pre-Draft Top 150 Rankings, accessible at the link below.
Mar 22 - 10:54 PM

Brandin Cooks plans to work out with Drew Brees this summer.

Cooks has resumed football activities after going down in mid-November. He's three months removed from thumb surgery and expects to be ready for the Saints' offseason. Cooks is a candidate for a step forward in his second year. He should return in a high-volume slot role.
Feb 14 - 4:07 PM

Brandin Cooks (thumb surgery) has resumed catching passes and lifting weights.

Cooks should be close to 100 percent, and will be a full participant in the Saints' offseason program after going down in mid-November. "This work that I’m going to put in during the offseason will be huge for next year," Cooks said. "I can’t wait to get out there and be a playmaker." Cooks flashed as a rookie, but the Saints seemed torn on whether to feature him underneath or outside. However he's utilized in 2015, Cooks will be a candidate for a big step forward.
Jan 16 - 4:25 PM

Saints placed WR Brandin Cooks (thumb surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's a bit surprising, as Cooks' 4-6 timetable gave him a shot at returning during the regular season, but the Saints have apparently decided they can't spare the roster spot. The No. 20 overall pick of May's draft, Cooks' rookie season ends with a 53/550/3 line as a receiver, and seven rushes for 73 yards and an additional score. Cooks was inconsistent, but showed definite promise as a playmaker, and seemed to be making strides as a downfield receiver. He remains a strong hold in Dynasty leagues, and will be a candidate to take a major step forward in 2015. Cooks is still only 21 years old.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 05:22:00 PM

Updating a previous item, the agent for Brandin Cooks (thumb surgery) says his client will miss 4-6 weeks.

It makes Cooks droppable in 12-team leagues. The Saints will likely lean more on Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills, Marques Colston, and perhaps banged-up Pierre Thomas in the absence of Cooks, whose earliest return date would be Week 16.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 01:35:00 PM

Brandin Cooks broke his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Bengals and his initial timetable is 2-4 weeks.

ESPN's Mike Triplett has confirmed a Cox Sports report of the injury, which comes as a surprise after Cooks was not known to be hurt Sunday. It saps an already scuffling Saints offense of an electric playmaker and top punt returner. Cooks' absence gives Kenny Stills a nice bump going forward as he projects to run more high-percentage routes instead of sticking in the old Devery Henderson/Robert Meachem role. Cooks was averaging 7.0 targets per game through the first 10 games of his rookie campaign, producing a 53-550-3 line.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:41:00 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-7 targets for 50 yards in New Orleans' Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

He rushed once for five yards. Cooks entered Week 11 with scores in two of his past three games, but there was nothing to be had downfield against the Bengals' stingy pass defense. Cooks has a more appealing Week 12 matchup in the Ravens' injury-battered secondary.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-8 targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in New Orleans' Week 10 loss to the 49ers.

Cooks ran right by 49ers slot CB Jimmie Ward in the second quarter, ringing up his second receiving touchdown in three games. Cooks has been much more productive at home this season, so it's good news for his owners that the Saints will remain in New Orleans through Week 12. Cooks will be an upside WR3 against the Bengals next Sunday.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:41:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-3 targets for 38 yards in the Saints' Week 9 win over the Panthers.

It was a disappointing night coming off Cooks' 6/94/1 Week 8, especially since he seemed to be finding the soft spots in Carolina's secondary. Either way, Drew Brees was spreading the ball around, finding eight different receivers. Cooks has weekly blow-up potential, but his season-long upside seems capped by the Saints' spread-the-wealth passing attack. With half his rookie year now in the books, Cooks is on pace for 86/820/4 four as a receiver, and 136 additional yards as a rusher. He's a boom-or-bust WR3.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 12:04:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Ryan Griffin
4Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2C.J. Spiller
3Khiry Robinson
4Edwin Baker
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1C.J. Spiller
2Mark Ingram
FB1Erik Lorig
2Austin Johnson
3Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Joe Morgan
3Jalen Saunders
4R.J. Harris
5Lance Lewis
WR21Marques Colston
2Nick Toon
3Seantavius Jones
4Brandon Coleman
5Josh Morgan
WR31Nick Toon
TE1Josh Hill
2Ben Watson
3Orson Charles
4Jack Tabb
5Kevin Brock
K1Dustin Hopkins
2Zach Hocker