Brandin Cooks is first Saints wide receiver to top 1000 yards since 2012


Brandin Cooks notched the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his young career during the New Orleans Saints’ win Sunday afternoon over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 1,000-yard landmark is a feat that has not been reached by a New Orleans Saints wide receiver since 2012, a year when both Marques Colston and the departed Lance Moore (now in Detroit) accomplished the mission.  But Brandin Cooks ended the two-year drought during Sunday’s win and dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ defense.

There was no ‘sophomore slump’ for Brandin Cooks in 2015, as he has installed himself into the Saints’ high-powered offense with ease, recording 79 catches for 1,116 yards and nine touchdowns (all lead the team) through 15 games in his second year.

Cooks finished the day against Jacksonville with five catches for 123 yards, which included a 71-yard touchdown bomb thrown by quarterback Drew Brees, a play that screamed vintage Saints football.

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With the skill set, professionalism both on and off the field, and a winner’s work ethic, Brandin Cooks is indeed everything the Saints were hoping for when they traded up to select him in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.  The best part is he seems to get better day by day as the season progresses.

Wide receiver Willie Snead, one of the better stories in the NFL this season, also had a big day against the Jaguars after racking up 75 yards.  His performance on Sunday puts him just 51 yards shy of 1,000, and he even missed a game.  Another solid outing in Week 17 could give the Saints two 1,000-yard wide receivers on the year.