WR Brandin Cooks - Los Angeles Rams
|5-10, 189||Born: 9-25-1993||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
Week 7: at San Francisco 49ers
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Brandin Cooks's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
Cooks continues living off deep/intermediate in breaking routes, especially off play action. Overall, it was a quiet day for him, as the Rams' deep/intermediate passing attack was stifled by Denver's defensive front. He caught a huge 45 yard Post on the first drive, and got two deep targets late in the third quarter, but both were well covered, and the ball was not in play for him.
2018 Week 5 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cooks was injured on his only target of the day. He made a reception on a Deep Over route and was drilled after the catch by the safety coming downhill. He fumbled the ball before hitting the ground. He was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion.
2018 Week 4 vs MIN (8 / 7 / 116 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Cooks has just missed on some huge plays so far this season, but it all came together against the Vikings. His first reception was a big time 3rd down conversion on the first drive. He lined up as the backside X opposite of Trips and ran a crosser into the area cleared out by the Trips. He was matched up vs Xavier Rhodes in man ñ Rhodes just could not keep up with him. The next 3rd down was the same formation and similar concept ñ this time Cooks kept the drive going by drawing a hold on Rhodes away from the play. Goff stayed to the trips side this time, but Rhodes so concerned with the 1-on-1 backside matchup, he grabbed and held Cooks on the inside breaking route. After having so many just-missed big plays in the first three weeks, he finally got behind the defense for a 47 yard touchdown just before the first half ended. He lined up as backside X receiver opposite of trips and just ran a post route downfield. The Rams got the look they wanted vs Quarters coverage ñ the safety to his side took the Dig route that came to him from the opposite Trips side and Cooks just blasted past Waynes for an easy touchdown on a Post that had no help over the top.
2018 Week 3 vs LAC (8 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Cooks was a table setter for other some of the other Rams' touchdowns today. His first catch was a very impressive target in the redzone. He fought through press coverage at the LOS, got inside position, and ran a bang 8 making a difficult contested catch in the process (almost scored, down at the 1 for a short Gurley touchdown on the next play). He really opened it up and showed off his speed on a screen pass from the 28 yard line that he took all the way to the 3 which led to a short Robert Woods touchdown catch. He couldn't bring in a semi-contested 9 route that would have brought the ball to about the 3 yard line again, but did draw a penalty for illegal contact early in the route. The ball was dropped right into his arms, but the DB poked it out as the two were going to the ground. He drew yet another penalty on a downfield target in the third quarter - this time a defensive hold. For three games in a row, Cooks has extracted a ton of value for the Rams offense of penalties.
2018 Week 2 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 159 / 0 rec)
The Cardinals gave Cooks free access off the line of scrimmage all game, and he obliged by torching them in the intermediate pass game over the middle of the field. He would have had an even more productive day on a would-be easy TD to the flat was batted at the LOS by Chandler Jones. The Rams opened up their first series of the second half with a 57 yard bomb off of a Play Action Post that looked to have a coverage bust (nobody over the top of the defense). He made a really impressive contested catch on a Deep Over from the slot in the 4th quarter, high pointing the ball and bringing it down in traffic and getting to the ground to avoid the hit.
2018 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Rams made a focus to get Cooks involved on a variety of targets in the pass game. He is clearly going to be more involved down-to-down than Sammy Watkins was, even though he is replacing Watkins as the X receiver in the Rams offense. His opening touch was a carry on Jet SweepHis first pass target came on a quick Curl on third down, and he dropped it vs physical coverage. He still does not particularly deal well with press/man coverage. He had another drop on a quick Out again where the defender was able to put his body on Cooks through the catch. His biggest contributions to the Rams offense came on drawing huge Pass Interference penalties down field - the Torrey Smith special. The fist one was a great outcome for the offense, but he did not much separation on the route. On his second PI drawn, he was allowed free access off the line of scrimmage and just ran past the CB and safety help. The ball was underthrown and he was interfered with as the DBs caught back up to him with the ball in the air. Once the team began leaning on Gurley, it opened things up for Cook more. He got more free access opportunities to get open on runaway inside breaking routes like Skinny Post and Deep Over.
Latest NewsRams | Brandin Cooks targeted six times (Sun Oct 14, 11:25 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks posted two receptions for 53 yards in Week 6 against the Denver Broncos on six targets. link to story Rams | Brandin Cooks cleared to play (Sat Oct 13, 12:33 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) has been cleared to play in the team's Week 6 game. Our View: Cooks can stretch the field against the Broncos on Sunday. Even with snow in the forecast, the Rams should have no problem moving the ball against a disappointing Broncos defense. He's a WR2 with upside in Week 6.
link to story Rams | Week 6 injury report for LAR (Fri Oct 12, 06:19 PM) - Los Angeles Rams LB Mark Barron (not injury related) and PK Greg Zuerlein (groin) were limited participants in practice Friday, Oct. 12. Barron was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 6 game with the Denver Broncos, while Zuerlein will miss another game. DT Michael Brockers (ankle), WR Brandin Cooks (concussion), RB Todd Gurley (not injury related), WR Cooper Kupp (concussion), OG Rodger Saffold (not injury related), DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related), OT Andrew Whitworth (not injury related) and C John Sullivan (not injury related) were all full participants and were removed from the report. link to story Rams | Brandin Cooks practices in full (Fri Oct 12, 06:07 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) went through a full practice Friday, Oct. 12, and head coach Sean McVay said he expects Cooks to be ready for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos. Our View: Cooks is safe to play. There shouldn't be much wind and the worst of the snow should be over by game time. We'll see if Jared Goff can be as effective in cold weather, although the Denver pass defense has been torched repeatedly and shouldn't put up much resistance.
link to story Rams | Brandin Cooks listed as limited (Thu Oct 11, 07:39 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 11. Our View: Cooks did not practice on Wednesday, so this limited designation is progress. We'll see if he can get cleared from the concussion protocol on Friday. The Rams travel to play the Broncos on Sunday and weather (snow) may be a factor early in the game. Keep this in mind if you're considering assets from the Rams passing attack.
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