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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: New England Patriots
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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According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Brandin Cooks has "put on a clinic" during joint practices with the Jaguars this week.
There has been a ton of Cooks buzz during camp. Not only has Cooks been roasting the Jaguars' defensive backs on deep balls, his understanding of the Patriots' complex offense and route tree have been excellent. He scored multiple long touchdowns this week and caught seven balls from Tom Brady on Monday. Cooks is one of the more interesting fantasy receivers this year. He's going to have monster weeks, but could also go quiet at times with so many options in New England. Aug 9 - 9:18 AM

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Coach Bill Belichick came away impressed with Brandin Cooks' work ethic during the Patriots' offseason program.

"A transition for him (from New Orleans); he’s working hard to make it," Belichick said. "We’ll see how it goes when we get into a more competitive situation (in training camp), but he learns well. It looks like he’s been able to do some multiple things, but we’ll see how all of that transfers in training camp." Cooks' work ethic was never a concern in New Orleans, though he bristled at his inconsistent usage. That will remain a problem in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 20 - 6:41 PM

Brandin Cooks has lined up all over the field at Patriots offseason practices.

Beat writer Jeff Howe notes Cooks lined up outside and in the slot, where he was particularly explosive and a mismatch on crossing patterns. Defensive backs simply couldn't hang with the speed demon. Cooks and Tom Brady also appear well-versed on fly patterns, and Cooks led all Patriots receivers with eight catches in the three practices open to the media. We've seen newcomers struggle to mesh with Brady in the past, but it's so far, so good for Cooks in New England. He may be their best playmaker since Randy Moss.
Jun 9 - 10:30 AM

Patriots exercised WR Brandin Cooks' fifth-year team option for 2018.

The move is an absolute no-brainer after New England traded a first-round pick and some change to land Cooks in March. The receiver is now under contract for the next two years, but the Patriots could look to sign him to an extension next offseason. Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Cooks' potential impact to that of Randy Moss, so it is safe to say the organization is high on him.
Apr 29 - 10:45 AM

Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared Brandin Cooks' potential impact to Randy Moss' in New England.

This isn't terribly meaningful coming from an owner, but it's probably something Kraft has heard from the coaching staff. "Since I've owned the team," said Kraft, "the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss." The 2007 Patriots were the greatest offense of all time with Moss on the perimeter and Wes Welker working the slot. Cooks will likely take over as New England's top outside threat with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski dominating the middle of the field.
Mar 27 - 4:01 PM

Patriots acquired WR Brandin Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round pick from the Saints in exchange for 2017 first- and third-round picks.

The Saints promised Cooks would be gone by the end of the day, and they were true to their word. Rumors had New England looking to land Cooks for top corner Malcolm Butler, but he's staying put. The Patriots are giving up some premium draft picks, but this is a big get. Cooks is coming off his second straight 1,000-yard season and gives the Patriots another weapon alongside Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. New England has been the winner of free agency so far, reeling in Stephon Gilmore and now Cooks while retaining Alan Branch and Duron Harmon. Back in New Orleans, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead are both looking at a big boost in fantasy production.
Mar 10 - 7:44 PM

The Ringer's Michael Lombardi reports the Saints will "make the decision" on Friday on what to do with Brandin Cooks.

The Eagles would seem to be out of the running after signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on Thursday. That would leave the Patriots and Titans as the other known suitors, though Lombardi says others "may be in play." New Orleans has been asking for a high first-round pick in return for Cooks. There was also a report the Patriots could flip CB Malcolm Butler for Cooks.
Mar 10 - 9:52 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports "the belief" is that Brandin Cooks will be traded by Thursday afternoon.

It sounds like it's down to the Patriots and Titans. The Saints' Thursday signing of Ted Ginn is a sign Cooks is all but gone.
Mar 9 - 12:02 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson is "hearing" the Titans "may now be" the frontrunner to acquire Brandin Cooks.

It's a flimsy "report," but all along the Eagles and Titans have been the favorites for Cooks. Last week, the Eagles seemingly took off as the early leaders in the Cooks sweepstakes, but Titans GM Jon Robinson has a pair of first-round picks at Nos. 5 and 18 overall. Robinson may view the 18th selection as a luxury and turn it into Cooks, who would step in as the Titans' top playmaker outside. He's also said to want a contract extension.
Mar 6 - 12:55 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the Saints turned down a package that included the Patriots' No. 32 overall pick for Brandin Cooks.

At least five teams have interest in trading for Cooks. The Patriots are the latest to make a run, but the Saints are holding out for a pick in the middle of the first round. New Orleans is reportedly willing to keep Cooks if their price isn't met. The Eagles and the Titans are the favorites to land Cooks.
Mar 4 - 8:11 PM

Sirius XM NFL's Alex Marvez reports it would "probably" only take a second-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Saints.

The Eagles hold the No. 42 overall pick in the second round, while the Titans don't currently own a second-rounder but do have a pair of third-rounders at Nos. 83 and 100. If neither team is willing to move their first-round picks, the Eagles would appear to be the heavy favorite to acquire Cooks, who will also be needing a massive contract extension next year at this time. There's too much smoke for there not to be fire. Expect Cooks to be dealt in the coming days.
Mar 3 - 9:27 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole has confirmed the Titans are trying to trade for Brandin Cooks.

Cole's report is via a "Titans source." Tennessee seems like the clear favorite to land the explosive wideout, but the Saints are working on increasing their leverage. Coach Sean Payton has said any offer must be "substantial." It's looking more and more likely Cooks will no longer be a Saint this time next week.
Mar 2 - 6:09 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton admitted Brandin Cooks is on the trading block.

Payton said the team is listening to offers, but any return would have to be "substantial." The Saints are going to give away Cooks the way they did Kenny Stills. A first-round pick is a completely reasonable starting point. Despite sometimes letting down fantasy owners, Cooks' on-field production has been excellent.
Mar 2 - 4:34 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Titans are the frontrunners to acquire Brandin Cooks in a deal that could send the No. 18 overall pick to the Saints.

"The Saints look like they are intent on rebuilding their defense," Adam Schefter added, and they are targeting a first-rounder to do that. Per Mort, another scenario would involve the Titans sending the No. 5 pick and "another pick or two" to New Orleans in exchange for No. 11 overall. As Tennessee holds the Nos. 5 and 18 overall selections in the draft, GM Jon Robinson is armed to make aggressive moves. The Titans' two biggest needs are wideout and cornerback.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 2 - 12:38 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Saints are discussing a trade involving Brandin Cooks with both the Titans and Eagles.

Mortensen reports the Titans are the more likely of the two to close the deal, but both teams make sense as potential landing spots. That said, this is still a surprising report considering coach Sean Payton recently said he "absolutely" expects Cooks to return in 2017. The emergence of Michael Thomas makes Cooks more expendable than he was at this time last season, but the Saints should not let him go without getting a big haul in return. Mortensen reports the Titans may be willing to part with the No. 18 overall pick to land the receiver. Assuming his fifth-year option is picked up, Cooks still has two years left on his deal.
Mar 2 - 10:31 AM