WR Brandin Cooks - New England Patriots
|5-10, 189||Born: 9-25-1993||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 20|
Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Patriots at this point are a known commodity at this point with Tom Brady. The Patriots boast a highly effective offense that can beat you in so many ways. The Patriots can beat you with their running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. This causes the Patriots to be extremely dangerous as there is no way to stop them it is only to contain them. Whether it is Dion Lewis or James White out of the background, Danny Amendola or Brandin Cooks as wide receivers or Rob Gronkowski at the tight end position. The Patriots have given Tom Brady so many options that everything is set up in their passing game. The one weakness the Patriots have is that their offensive line is banged up. Laadrian Waddle has really struggled at right tackle and Nate Solder has struggled at left tackle which could cause the Patriots issues if the Eagles are able to get pressure. The Eagles secondary is one that has improved throughout the season and a big part of that has been Jalen Mills. Mills who is a second-round draft pick struggled early on this season but has really picked his game up to go alongside Ronald Darby on the outside and Patrick Robinson out of the slot. The Patriots are going to have to try to find mismatches in this Eagles secondary and Eagles match up very well against the Patriots as Patrick Robinson is the best cornerback on the Eagles and he will be matched up against Danny Amendola who has largely been the best receiver in the playoffs this season. The Patriots may try to expose the Eagles is through the running backs as the Eagles have struggled against receiving tight ends as they allowed 6 receptions for 41 yards per game on the season which was league average in terms of points allowed to running backs on the season. The one area that the Eagles should struggle with the most in this game is with Rob Gronkowski as the Eagles have struggled against elite tight ends. Travis Kelce and Evan Engram who are the two best tight ends that the Eagles have faced both went for 80+ yards this season so if there is one weakness this is likely the weakness that the Patriots will have to take advantage of.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 20 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 100 / 0 rec)
With Gronk going down with injury, Brandin Cooks stepped up in a big way, beating A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey on several plays. On the second play of the game, Cooks beat Ramsey for a 31 yard gain, setting the tone for what was to come. He also nearly scored, taking a slant pass to the 1 yard line. Cooks also drew around 70 yards in pass interference penalties on his way to a great day. His only blemish was a deep drop that could have gone for a touchdown, but no harm no foul as the Patriots did walk away with the victory.
2017 Week 19 vs TEN (9 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
With a relatively quiet day, the biggest highlight for Cooks was a narrow missed deep connection with Tom Brady that would have gone for a big gain. Other than that, he simply wasn't needed because of Danny Amendola's dominance along with running backs and the defense.
2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (11 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Brandin Cooks was the team's leading receiver and feasted on an overmatched New York secondary. Running short, intermediate, and deep routes, Cooks displayed impressive speed and route running ability. In the second quarter, Cooks scored a post-route. Cooks benefitted from some good fortunate as Buster Skrine and Mo Claibourne collided on the play, leaving Cooks uncovered to complete the 5-yard scoring play. At times, Cooks had some trouble beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage, but when New England schemed him into space, he didn't have any trouble getting open. Cooks had a long play on 37 yards on a deep sideline route where he dusted a defender.
2017 Week 16 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Brandin Cooks was shadowed for a good portion of the game by Tre'Davious White and was limited to two short curl routes. Despite his poor box score numbers, Cooks could have had a much bigger day. He beat White on a go route that Tom Brady over threw Cooks on, and later drew a deep defensive pass interference against Micah Hyde.
2017 Week 15 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)
Though he only caught 4 passes, Cooks had two big plays on the day, and nearly had a third that would have make his stat line enormous. On the first drive of the game, Cooks beat zone coverage off pay action for a huge 43 yard gain. Later in the game, he scored a touchdown on a great step up and throw by Tom Brady. Cooks also had a long gain called back because he just stepped out of bounds on the route, which meant he wasn't allowed to touch the ball first. His volume was lower because of Gronk's insane efforts, but with Chris Hogan once again sidelined, he's still the focal point of the wide receiver attack, and will continue to be so.
2017 Week 14 vs MIA (7 / 1 / 38 / 0 rec)
Due to a combination of Tom Brady getting harassed in the pocket, inaccurate passing, and being smothered in coverage, Brandin Cooks got nothing going besides a 38 yard chunk play. Xavien Howard dominated Cooks in coverage for most of the day, and actually intercepted two underthrown passes intended for Cooks. The speedy wide receiver did also get a pass interference call at the 1 yard line, but all in all, it was a matchup that was won by the defense.
2017 Week 13 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Cooks had a fairly quiet day, as the passing game ran through Rob Gronkowski against the Bills. He was missed on a couple deep connections, but didn't see his typical volume due to game script. Better days will be ahead.
2017 Week 12 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Cooks was getting open with ease both in the short and long passing game. A wide receiver screen to him failed because Brady was under pressure, but when Brady had time to throw, he found Cooks all by himself downfield more than once. Cooks punctuated his day with an easy touchdown on what was basically a jet sweep.
2017 Week 11 vs OAK (9 / 6 / 149 / 1 rec)
'Big Play' is the best way describe Brandin Cooks' performance. Cooks, who torched this same secondary last season as a member of the Saints, picked up where he left off. Brady and Cooks hooked up for two 50-yard plays, which included a 64-yard touchdown against safety, Obi Melifonwu, who was playing corner without safety help. Cooks put one move on Melifonwu--and it was over as the speedy receiver ran unopposed into the open field. Cooks also had a 52-yard gain on a deep seam route where he literally ran by double coverage and caught Brady's strike in-stride.
2017 Week 10 vs DEN (11 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
After a quiet first half, Cooks was much more involved later in the game, being targeted on several intermediate and deep passes. His long was a 27 yard chunk play, and he handled his tough cornerback assignments well, most notably using his speed on routes he won. His arrow is pointing up as long as Chris Hogan is out of the lineup with injury.
2017 Week 8 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
A very quiet day for Cooks, who saw solid coverage by some great cornerback play from the Chargers. Almost everything thrown his way was short passes, a departure from the norm. If Chris Hogan's injury is serious, however, he may end up seeing a couple more targets per game.
2017 Week 7 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 65 / 1 rec)
Though he only had 4 grabs, Cooks made the most of them, including an 11 yard touchdown 'catch' which was basically a run. On the play, Cooks ran a sweep in front of Tom Brady, who basically dropped the ball into Cooks's hands. Cooks then ran behind blockers for a score. He also caught a 27 yard deep gainer, but beyond that, the ball was spread around evenly, and Tom Brady only attempted 29 passes due to game script.
2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)
Though there was no touchdown, Brandin Cooks nearly had 100 yards through the air, and would have if not for a drop at the start of the game. His highlight play was a deep gain for 40+ yards in the air in which he came up just short of the goal line. He also had a decent gain wiped out due to an OPI call on Chris Hogan. Cooks is starting to show signs of consistency, which is only a good thig for this offense.
2017 Week 5 vs TB (8 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
Cooks was able to connect with Tom Brady on a couple chunk plays, including a 34 yard deep pass. However, these plays will be limited if the offensive line continues to give Brady no time in the pocket, as deep plays need time to develop. As a result, Cooks will continue to be a volatile contributor on the field, though he will always command respect from defenses.
2017 Week 4 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
In contrast to last week, Cooks didn't see much against the Panthers in terms of action. Part of it was due to Tom Brady needing safety outlets due to pressure, but he wasn't targeted as much as usual down the field as well. Tom Brady did narrowly miss Cooks on one chunk connection, but it was a quiet day beyond that.
2017 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 131 / 2 rec)
Talk about a breakout. In addition to gobbling up yardage, Cooks had two amazing touchdowns, with his second being one of the best of the young season. His first touchdown came on a deep slant, where Cooks simply outran defenders to the end zone. The second came with less than a half minute on the clock in the fourth to win the game. Cooks ran a deep route towards the side of the end zone, made a beautiful, controlled catch, and toe-tapped to stay in bounds. It was a catch most receivers may not have made. Though he's been up and down this season on the game log, it's clear Cooks adds a new dimension to this Patriots offense.
2017 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Maybe not the homecoming he was expecting, Cooks was not able to do a ton against his former team. The most notable play was a 22 yard catch that set the Patriots up just outside the goal line. It was clear the Saints were paying attention to Cooks on defense, so he should have better days ahead, especially as his rapport with Tom Brady continues to build.
2017 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 3 / 88 / 0 rec)
Brandin Cooks had a couple highlights on the day, but still has some work to do in terms of rapport with Tom Brady. He showed off his wheels on a 54 yard deep catch, which he caught in stride. Cooks also drew two critical P.I. penalties in the Chiefs end zone, setting up touchdowns for Mike Gillislee. Expect him to be a huge part of the game plan for the year with Patriots receiver injuries mounting up.
Latest NewsPatriots | Brandin Cooks feeling good (Sun Feb 11, 12:23 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks (head) is encouraged by how he has felt since suffering a head injury during Super Bowl LII, according to people close to him. Our View: Cooks was knocked out of the Super Bowl on a vicious hit. It's good to hear that he's feeling good, and Cooks should be good to go for the start of offseason workouts. A top-10 fantasy WR each of the last two years, Cooks should once again be a WR1 for fantasy owners in 2018.
link to story Patriots | Extension possible for Brandin Cooks (Sat Feb 10, 09:24 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks wants to remain with the team, and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald believes Cooks could offered an extension to lower his $8.459 million cap hit in 2018. Our View: A first-round pick in 2014, Cooks is playing on the fifth-year option in 2018. He's set to hit the open market in 2019, but the Patriots may work out a deal to keep him around much longer.
link to story Patriots | Brandin Cooks out of Super Bowl (Sun Feb 4, 07:49 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) is in concussion protocol and will be out for the remainder of Super Bowl LII. link to story
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