Brandin Cooks: The Speedster
Like an arrow shot from a bow, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks may be small, measuring at 5-foot-10 and 189-pounds, but what he lacks in size Cooks makes up for in speed. Cooks had an official time of 4.33 in the 40 yard dash at the 2014 NFL combine making him the fastest wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Cooks’ rookie season, however, was cut short by a broken thumb sustained in a week 11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. While the season was interrupted by injury, his stats were quite impressive for a rookie. In 10 games, Cooks averaged 10.4 yards per reception and caught 3 touchdowns. The receiver out of Oregon State University also carried the ball seven times for 73 yards and one touchdown.
During the 2015 offseason, Cooks made a journey to San Diego, California to train with his future hall of fame quarterback, Drew Brees. That offseason work helped Cooks have a training camp where si.com reporter Robert Klemko declared: “Brandin Cooks will be a breakout star in 2015.”
In the 2015 regular season, Brandin Cooks quickly became Brees’ go-to receiver leading all Saints pass catchers with 84 receptions for 1,138 yards and nine TD catches. Cooks increased his yards per game from 55 yards in his rookie campaign to 71.1 yards in 2015. Those totals also led all Saints pass catchers with 10 or more receptions.
In 2016, Cooks will be the longest tenured Saints receiver and will be viewed as the leader of that group. While he may be only turning 23 years young in September, Brandin Cooks has the skills and leadership ability to be the New Orleans Saints number one pass catching threat.
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