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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver | #10

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (20) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Saints coach Sean Payton said he "absolutely" expects Brandin Cooks to return in 2017.
There had been chatter Cooks would be traded after making noise about his role during the season, but it never seemed particularly likely. Along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead, Cooks gives the Saints' potent offense one of the best receiver groups in the league. New Orleans is expected to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason. Feb 21 - 12:34 PM

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The Saints are expected to pick up Brandin Cooks’ 2018 option.

Cooks made noise about his role this past year, but isn’t expected to be traded. He finished strong, averaging 87.4 yards over his last five games. Cooks’ option will cost around $8 million.
Source: ESPN
Feb 11 - 4:09 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett believes it's unlikely the Saints will trade Brandin Cooks this offseason.

Triplett said it's not "out of the question" but ultimately believes Cooks will stay. The Saints will soon have to decide whether to pick up Cooks' fifth-year option for 2018, which would pay him about $8 million. Cooks surfaced in trade rumors after he complained about not getting any targets against the Rams in Week 12, but he finished strong and there haven't been any rumblings since. You'd be hard-pressed to find a team with more receiving talent than New Orleans. Cooks, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead all topped 800 yards in 2016.
Feb 9 - 6:18 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-6 targets for 19 yards in the Saints' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

Another dud of a game in a season that was sprinkled with them for Cooks. He was the ultmiate boom-or-bust receiver. Cooks had three 100-yard games and scored two touchdowns each in two of those. He also had 13-yard and zero-target games mixed in. Cooks still was able to lead the team in receiving yards, finishing with a 77-1,170-8 line, but Michael Thomas bested him in catches and touchdowns and proved to be more consistent. There were murmurs last month that the Saints could shop Cooks this offseason after he expressed frustration with his role in the offense back in November. Thomas has passed him as the No. 1 receiver. Cooks is under team control for two more years.
Jan 1 - 9:31 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-9 targets for 98 yards in the Saints' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

Cooks heads into next week's finale against the Falcons with 284 yards over his past two games. It's a potential blow up spot for the big-play Cooks.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 7-of-8 targets for 186 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' Week 15 win over the Cardinals.

The Cardinals did not have an answer for Cooks' speed in this game as he seemingly got open at will. He turned D.J. Swearinger around before streaking toward the post on a 65-yard score in the second quarter, and he ran away from Tyrann Mathieu on a short crosser and up the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown just before the break. Cooks had a quieter second half as he saw more of Patrick Peterson, but he still got loose for a couple long gains. Despite the offense's struggles against Tampa Bay last week, Cooks still went for 61 yards. He should do even better at home this week. He will be a high-end WR2.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:31:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-10 targets for 61 yards in the Saints' Week 14 loss to the Bucs.

The quiet day came even with Michael Thomas sitting with a foot injury. Cooks appeared to have a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but upon review, the ball was revealed to have hit the ground. Cooks has now been held below 100 yards in seven straight games, and has only one touchdown in the past six weeks. With the Saints headed on the road against the Cardinals' stout pass defense, Cooks will be a low-end WR2, regardless of Thomas' health.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 07:46:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 7-of-9 targets for 73 yards in the Saints' Week 13 loss to the Lions.

Cooks added a four-yard rush. Cooks was supposed to be the "squeaky wheel" after complaining about his role, but instead saw zero targets in the game's first 29 minutes. A healthy amount of his production came with the game already decided in the fourth quarter. The reality is, Cooks has been surpassed by Michael Thomas for No. 1 status in the Saints' receiver corps, and isn't as far ahead of Willie Snead as fantasy owners would like. Cooks has monster upside potential, but is a volatile WR2.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:07:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the Saints could explore trading Brandin Cooks this offseason.

Cooks has been vocal about his shrinking role in the Saints' offense, which has led some to question his long-term future in New Orleans. As Rapsheet puts it, "there are only so many balls to go around." With Willie Snead still playing a major role and rookie Michael Thomas emerging as one of Drew Brees' favorite weapons, it makes sense for the Saints to see what they can get for Cooks this offseason. The Saints did something similar when they traded Jimmy Graham to Seattle in 2015. Cooks is on pace for 30 fewer targets than last season.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Brandin Cooks admits he expressed frustration with his role following Sunday's zero-target game.

"Closed mouths don't get fed," was Cooks' ridiculously-quotable quip. "This is a very emotional game. And every once in a while you've got to express that. And you've gotta express what you want," Cooks, not incorrectly, reasoned. We've got a classic squeaky wheel situation set up for Sunday against the Lions, though Michael Thomas is still the preferred play in fantasy. Daily Slant: This is a great week for GPP players to hop back aboard the Cooks train. After his zero-target outing in Week 12, the masses may be hesitant to go back to Cooks with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead either priced similarly or cheaper on most outlets. The Rams made it a point to take away Cooks and still gave up 500+ yards to Drew Brees, so don't expect the Lions to follow suit. Cooks had ten catches against this defense last year.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 06:45:00 PM

Coach Sean Payton said he's "not concerned" with Brandin Cooks becoming frustrated with his role on offense.

"He's been explosive this season, he's certainly a primary target for us with what we do, and I think that's evident," Payton said. Coach chalked up Cooks' zero-target Week 12 as something "a little unusual," but did note that the first play of the game was supposed to go to him. Cooks comes back with a prime bounce-back spot at home against the Lions this Sunday.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:17:00 AM

ESPN's Mike Triplett reports Brandin Cooks has "growing frustration" with his role in the Saints' offense.

Triplett cites the receiver himself and "sources." Per Triplett, "this isn't a new issue." Cooks somehow wasn't targeted in Sunday's 49-21 drubbing of the Rams, and is averaging fewer weekly looks than Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. In theory, we'd like to be sympathetic to Cooks' cause, but there isn't an obvious fix. Drew Brees has three excellent receivers and is wisely spreading the ball around. That being said, it's hard not to envision the squeaky wheel getting some grease this week against the Lions. Daily Slant: This appears to be the perfect time to hop aboard the Brandin Cooks bandwagon. The Rams made a concerted effort to eliminate him Sunday, giving him the star receiver treatment despite Michael Thomas being arguably the more complete pass-catcher. Even as the Saints moved Cooks around the field, the Rams continued to throw heavy coverage at him.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton attributed Brandin Cooks' zero-target Week 12 to the Rams' coverages.

"I think part of it's the result of some of the coverages," Payton said, unconvincingly, Monday. "There were certainly calls with his name and number on it, and periodically once in a while that can happen." Teams always scheme for Cooks. It doesn't fully explain how Drew Brees failed to look his way a single time. With Michael Thomas ascendant and Willie Snead not going away, Cooks will be a mid-range to low-end WR2 against the Lions at home in Week 13.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Brandin Cooks wasn't targeted Sunday in the Saints' Week 12 win over the Rams.

In a can’t-miss matchup against the rapidly disintegrating Rams, Cooks picked an odd week to disappear. According to Pro Football Focus, Cooks played 49-of-74 offensive snaps, which is close to his usual workload. Cooks didn’t appear to suffer any injury, which makes his lack of involvement even more inexplicable. Assuming this was just a fluke, Cooks should be back in play as a borderline WR1 next week versus the Lions.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:43:00 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 7-of-8 targets for 42 yards in New Orleans' Week 11 loss to the Panthers.

Cooks added two carries for seven yards. The grabs actually matched Cooks' season high, but the yards were his third fewest. It was emblematic of the Saints' night as a whole. The Panthers stamped out big plays, making Drew Brees play small ball. With the Saints returning home for Week 12, Cooks will be an upside WR2 against the Rams.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:07:00 AM

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QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
3Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Daniel Lasco
FB1John Kuhn
WR11Michael Thomas
2Brandon Coleman
3Corey Fuller
4Jordan Williams
WR21Brandin Cooks
2Willie Snead
3Tommylee Lewis
4Jake Lampman
5Rashad Lawrence
WR31Willie Snead
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Jake Stoneburner
5Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
2Landon Turner
C1Max Unger
2Jack Allen
RG1Senio Kelemete
RT1Zach Strief
2John Fullington
K1Wil Lutz