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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
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Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 17 yards in the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Browns.
Cooks was targeted six times on the day, but couldn't bust loose for any significant gains as a receiver. He did add 31 yards on the ground, breaking off a 28-yarder. Kenny Stills, Robert Meachem, Marques Colston, Pierre Thomas, and Cooks are all going to fight for targets behind Jimmy Graham, which is obviously going to lead to down weeks at times. Cooks still has borderline WR2 upside. Sep 14 - 6:03 PM

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Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for 18 yards in the Saints' Week 1 loss to the Falcons.

Cooks exploded for 86 total yards and a score in the first half, but was bottled up after the break. The Saints emphasized getting Cooks the ball early, lining him up all over the formation and getting him an early carry on an end around. If that usage continues, Cooks could develop into a borderline WR2 in New Orleans' high-powered attack.
Sep 7 - 5:23 PM

Brandin Cooks didn't play in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday night.

Cooks was not announced as inactive, but he didn't play due to a stomach virus that cost him practice time during the week. With Kenny Stills re-injuring his multi-week quad injury in Saturday's tilt with the Colts, there might be an opening for first-round pick Cooks to see increased early-season attention from Drew Brees. We're still wary of Cooks at his sixth-round ADP.
Aug 23 - 10:42 PM

According to ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett, first-round WR Brandin Cooks "simply makes one or two of the biggest plays on the practice field every day."

Triplett believes Cooks has been worth the hype and then some. No. 2 QB Luke McCown shares Triplett's assessment. "(Cooks is) a special player," McCown said. "I think that's easily recognized for any amount of time you spend watching him. He's a smart, heady player that you only have to teach a certain route or step or technique once. ... The sky's the limit for that kid." Cooks is a WR3 with upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 6:05 PM

Brandin Cooks caught five passes for 55 yards and one touchdown in Friday night's preseason opener against the Rams.

Cooks lined up all over the field, playing every wide receiver position known to man. He saw a team-high eight targets and made Rams rookie DBs E.J. Gaines and Lamarcus Joyner look silly on his 25-yard catch-and-run TD. Cooks stopped on a dime, allowing Gaines to run right by him, before bursting by Joyner into the end zone. Cooks is lightning quick and certainly looks like he'll be the main beneficiary of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore's departures. It's worth noting Kenny Stills (calf) has been on the shelf all camp.
Aug 8 - 11:28 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints have a package of plays designed to "unleash" first-round WR Brandin Cooks.

Per Rapoport, Cooks has been a "lightning bolt" in practice. RapSheet is just the latest to jump on the Cooks bandwagon, as he's been drawing praise from teammates and media all summer. Cooks is a WR3/4 with WR2 upside.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 4:52 PM

First-round WR Brandin Cooks has been the "star" of the "entire" Saints training camp so far.

Beat writers, coaches and teammates have been raving about Cooks on an almost daily basis since camp opened. It continued Saturday as the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner lit up the Saints' defense in an intrasquad scrimmage for an unofficial six catches with one touchdown. Per beat man Mike Triplett, "it really has been remarkable how consistent and versatile Cooks has been." He's going to play inside the numbers as a versatile chess piece for Sean Payton and Drew Brees, giving Cooks immediate upside at his late eighth-round ADP.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 3 - 8:37 AM

Drew Brees called first-round pick Brandin Cooks' work ethic and ability to retain information "pretty rare for a young guy."

"Here's a guy who's obviously extremely talented," Brees said. "But more so than that, very intelligent. You get this feeling that he wants to be great, he loves football, he wants to learn. Every time he comes up to me, it's eyes wide. Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it." Brees has loved Cooks since the Saints drafted him. Cooks is a sleeper for 70 receptions and 15-25 rushing attempts as a rookie.
Jul 26 - 4:55 PM

Numerous teammates noted first-round pick Brandin Cooks playing at a "different speed" than the rest of the Saints' offense during spring workouts.

Saints CB Keenan Lewis nicknamed Cooks "lightning." Added TE Ben Watson, "everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed.'" "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a while," chimed in OLB Junior Galette. "He can get into that last gear quick. His speed is obviously top tier in the league." Reporter Mike Triplett considers Cooks a prime OROY candidate, floating 70 receptions for 800 yards as a realistic expectation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 4:18 PM

Saints first-round WR Brandin Cooks will spend two weeks working out with Drew Brees in San Diego prior to training camp.

Cooks missed much of the offseason program due to Oregon State's late graduation date. He didn't return to the Saints until partway through minicamp. Cooks and Brees will use the two weeks to make up for lost time before the pads come on in late July. Replacing Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, Cooks is a do-it-all offensive gadget piece and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Jun 24 - 12:56 PM

First-round WR Brandin Cooks has earned the nickname "lightning" from his teammates.

"A (defensive back) might be in his back pocket and the next thing you know he's 50, 60 yards down the field," said CB Keenan Lewis. Cooks ran a 4.33 at the Combine, the second-fastest time behind Dri Archer (4.26). He's going to be incredibly fast on the Superdome turf. Cooks, who missed OTAs while finishing up at Oregon State but returned for minicamp, said he'll visit Drew Brees in San Diego before training camp to learn more about the offense.
Jun 23 - 7:59 AM

Drew Brees pointed to first-round pick Brandin Cooks as the primary replacement for Darren Sproles.

Brees described Cooks as an "explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football." Sproles and Lance Moore are both gone, leaving a 90-reception void in Sean Payton's offense. "I think he can do a lot of things," Brees added of Cooks. "I think he can play outside receiver. I think I he can play inside in the slot. You can hand him reverses. You can throw him screens. He can return punts."
Source: USA Today
Jun 18 - 9:03 PM

Brandin Cooks has been taking "online courses" to learn the Saints' offense while away from the team.

Cooks' alma mater Oregon State is on the quarter system, meaning he couldn't practice with the Saints while his academic year came to a close. He was not completely disconnected from the team, however. Cooks and Saints coaches watched tape and went through the playbook together online. New Orleans hopes these classes will allow Cooks to hit the ground running when he reports next week.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 12 - 6:54 PM

ESPN Saints writer Mike Triplett believes Brandin Cooks has a "realistic shot" at the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Cooks is in an ideal spot as a moveable chess piece for offensive guru Sean Payton. But we'd hold off on blowing expectations out of the water. Over the last 20 years, just eight rookies have topped 1,000 receiving yards, and just one in the last 10 years has won ROY (Percy Harvin). Triplett realistically sees around 800 yards, 5-6 receiving TDs, and a punt return score for Cooks. According to sportsbook.ag, the top-four choices for OROY are Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Cooks is tied for fifth.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 9:41 AM

Drew Brees believes first-round pick Brandin Cooks will be a "big contributor" in the Saints' offense right away.

As do we. NFL Network's Bucky Brooks recently projected Cooks to catch around 70 passes in year one. "There's no doubt he's a guy who has the ability to be a big contributor for us on offense this year," Brees said. Brees said he expects Cooks to have a hand in replacing Darren Sproles and Lance Moore in New Orleans' offense. Moore and Sproles combined for 108 receptions in 2013, leaving behind a lot of opportunity for Cooks and sophomore Kenny Stills.
May 23 - 2:17 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
RB1Mark Ingram
2Pierre Thomas
3Khiry Robinson
4Travaris Cadet
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Khiry Robinson
3RB1Pierre Thomas
2Mark Ingram
FB1Austin Johnson
2Erik Lorig
WR11Marques Colston
2Brandin Cooks
3Joe Morgan
WR21Kenny Stills
2Nick Toon
3Robert Meachem
WR31Brandin Cooks
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Ben Watson
3Josh Hill
K1Shayne Graham