Brandin Cooks growing, impressing in second year with New Orleans Saints


Aside from cornerback Delvin Breaux, it was second-year wide receiver Brandin Cooks who stood out during Wednesday’s organized team activities for the New Orleans Saints.

Cooks looks to bounce back in 2015 after his rookie season fell short six games due to a Week 11 injury last year.  He was on the verge of a solid first campaign, totaling 550 yards and three touchdowns on 53 receptions (team-high through 11 weeks), adding another 73 rushing yards and a score.

Coach Sean Payton spoke briefly on Brandin Cooks Wednesday afternoon.

He’s part of the package,” Payton said. “He’s part of what we do. As a rookie he was in there, but certainly he’ll get more snaps. When he got hurt, he was kind of incomplete, so I think you’ll see a player’s (Cooks) healthy in his second year. He’s got a lot of knowledge of what we’re doing, and I think he’s looking forward to having a good season.”

With the departure of Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, and somewhat of a decline in Marques Colston‘s health and production, Cooks should and likely will emerge as the go-to man down on the bayou.  I’m sure Drew Brees will have no problem with that.

While Cooks lacks the prototypical height for an NFL wide receiver at 5-foot-10, his outstanding speed, versatility and hands certainly make up for it.  He also has great balance and concentration, but most importantly for Sean Payton’s team, Brandin Cooks has his head on straight.  He’s a good kid with excellent character qualities that will likely land him as a fan favorite for years to come.  He wants to succeed, he wants to be great.

You can see his knowledge of the game and performance growing as Coach Payton has been pointing out, so with the starting job in his hands, he’ll look to shine in his second year.

More from Who Dat Dish