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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver | #14

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (20) / NO
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Brandin Cooks snagged six catches for 93 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.
Now that’s more like it. Cooks didn’t visit the end zone on Sunday, but he still had a nice day for himself. It started inauspiciously with a bad drop in the first quarter but Cooks soon made his presence felt by reeling in an impossible 42-yard catch against Morris Claiborne. That set up a two-yard touchdown by Rob Gronkowski two plays later. Cooks stayed hot by absorbing all three of his targets for 41 yards in the second half. Sunday extended Cooks’ touchdown drought to three games, though he’s averaged a respectable 72 yards over that stretch. He gets the Falcons next week on Sunday Night Football. Oct 15 - 5:54 PM

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Brandin Cooks caught 5-of-8 targets for 85 yards in the Patriots' Week 5 win over the Bucs.

The 85-yard effort was Cooks' third in five games as a Patriot. It still could have been bigger, as one of Cooks' missed connections was a third down drop. Fantasy owners are understandably frustrated Cooks has yet to explode, but it's hard to complain about his usage. He's drawing plenty of looks down the field. It just hasn't resulted in a long score yet. It's coming, perhaps in Week 6 against the Jets.
Oct 6 - 12:04 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-6 for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Panthers.

It was a quiet day that would have been much bigger had Tom Brady not missed Cooks on what should have been a 31-yard touchdown on the Pats' opening drive. The Pats settled for a field goal in what ended up being a three-point loss. Another one of Cooks' missed connections was a drop. Boom/bust so far in 2017, Cooks will remain on the WR1/2 borderline for next week's juicy matchup with the Bucs.
Oct 1 - 4:50 PM

Brandin Cooks hauled in 5-of-7 targets for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Texans.

Cooks started out strong with a 44-yard catch down the left sideline on the first drive, but he watched Chris Hogan dominate the first half with two touchdowns. Cooks got into the act after the break, getting open across the middle and streaking 42 yards for his first touchdown as a Patriot, but he saved his best for last. After an 18-yard catch early in the drive, Cooks got open on the left side of the end zone, managed to get both feet down despite contact, and held onto the ball for the game-winning score. This was a much-need breakout for New England's No. 1, and he will once again be on the WR1 map next week against the Panthers.
Sep 24 - 4:58 PM

Brandin Cooks hauled in just 2-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Saints.

It was a disappointing showing compounded by the fact Tom Brady threw for 447 yards and three scores. To be fair, Cooks did get open for a touchdown in the second quarter, but Brady underthrew him, allowing the defender to bring him down at the two. Even so, Cooks now has just five catches through two games despite New England's receiver corps getting smaller seemingly by the quarter. Even against a banged-up Texans' secondary next week, Cooks need to be downgraded to the WR2 range.
Sep 17 - 4:13 PM

Brandin Cooks caught 3-of-7 targets for 88 yards in the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

Cooks also drew three penalties (two DPI, one holding), twice setting the Pats up inside the Chiefs' two-yard line. Frustrating for fantasy owners, but gold for the Patriots. The highlight was a 54-yard catch in the third quarter where Cooks fought off holding to make a diving grab. With Danny Amendola (concussion) joining Malcolm Mitchell and Julian Edelman on the shelf, Cooks is going to have WR1 volume on a weekly basis. For Week 2, he heads back to New Orleans for a #RevengeGame.
Sep 8 - 12:43 AM

In an interview on WEEI, Tom Brady said he has been impressed by Brandin Cooks' "professionalism."

"Brandin has done such a great job acclimating himself to our system and doing everything the coaches have asked," Brady said. "He shows up to work every day ready to kind of put it all out there." Receivers have sometimes struggled to make the transition in New England, but it does not sound like Cooks will suffer the same fate even after a quiet preseason. The No. 1 receiver following Julian Edelman's injury, Cooks is a locked-in WR1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 5 - 11:50 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 1-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.

He dropped his other target. Cooks has reeled in just two passes for 15 yards this preseason and is unlikely to play in the exhibition finale. While his upside is monstrous, Cooks' week-to-week box scores may be frustrating with so many mouths in New England. He's currently being taken in the second round of fantasy drafts. That's rich, but Cooks could easily have a career year in an offense that looks poised to set records. Especially if Julian Edelman has a serious knee injury, Cooks' stock should only go up.
Aug 25 - 9:18 PM

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

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

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Mike Gillislee
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Mike Gillislee
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski