Well, that’s a wrap. The New Orleans Saints are headed back home after training camp at The Greenbrier came to an end Wednesday afternoon. The remainder of practices will be held at the team facility in Kenner, LA and at Mandeville High School in Mandeville, LA.
A number of players ended the first half of camp on a high note. From veterans like Patrick Robinson and Mark Ingram to low key-guys like Pierre Warren and Trevin Wade, several members of the Black and Gold looked strong in the mountains of West Virginia.
I think it’s rookie Brandin Cooks that everybody is most excited to hear about. New Orleans’ first-round selection of the 2014 NFL Draft looks like the real deal. Since the moment Commissioner Roger Goodell handed him a Saints jersey and told him to look at the cameras and smile, Cooks has been nothing but a pleasant site for Saints fans.
The most versatile athlete the Big Easy has seen since Reggie Bush is off to a hot start. How about those nice catches he’s been making on the practice field against one of the top secondary units in the league? Or better yet, how about that touchdown catch he made during the preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams where he caught the ball 18 yards out, spun around to shake off a defender, and then another before running the ball into the end zone for a 25-yard score? Nasty.
Cooks has been showing that he can ball day in and day out since stepping onto the field. Well, he was at it again today, adding some more highlight catches to his resume’ before the Saints closed out camp in the “Mountain State”. The most impressive reception came in tough coverage as he leaped high into the air and was compensated with a score of about 50 yards, according to nola.com’s Larry Holder, who was on scene.
Given his college track record, it’s really no surprise that Cooks is doing what he’s doing. However, the fact that he’s been able to accomplish so much in such a little amount of time is something be truly excited about, Who Dat Nation.
Just wait until Drew Brees is in there firing the 2013 All-American the pigskin. After 55 yards and a touchdown in St. Louis, let’s see what Brandin Cooks can do in front of a home crowd in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Friday, Aug 15 when the New Orleans Saints host the Tennessee Titans.