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WR Brandin Cooks - New England Patriots

5-10, 189Born: 9-25-1993College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 20

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Cooks inexplicably had a down week when Brady threw for over 400 yards and he was the only healthy wide receiver for New England at the end of the day. He'll get his soon enough and deserves to stay in lineups.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady's Week 2 - however inflated it was by the horrid New Orleans "defense" - showed definitively that he can excel even with a depleted group of pass-catchers. Down to just three healthy wideouts (plus special-teamer Matt Slater), Brady carved up the Saints for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30-of-39 passing. There's no one more adept at utilizing the right weapon at the right time. There is indeed a blueprint to slowing Brady: hefty, organic pressure from an aggressive front seven that allows its secondary to win the numbers game in the intermediate areas. But that's easier said than done, considering Brady's rocket-speed release and the team's strong pass-blocking line. New addition Brandin Cooks will look to get on track in Week 3, while Chris Hogan will help test the Texans' banged-up secondary on the boundary. Rob Gronkowski was dazzling against the Saints, but may be marginalized in the game plan against Houston's elite tight-end defense. It's hard to gauge the progress of Houston's pass defense. Through two games, they've faced the league's two most anemic passing games: Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in Week 1, followed by a Bengals "attack" that has already fired its offensive coordinator. From what we can tell, though, this pass defense looks similar to last year's dominant unit - and it's hard to overstate the return of J.J. Watt. With Watt on board, the Texans boast at least four dynamic pass rushers. And the loss of cornerback A.J. Bouye hasn't been felt much: the Texans held A.J. Green largely in check last Thursday, allowing a 50-yard deep ball but just 17 yards on his other 7 targets. Unfortunately, they'll press on without the services of cornerback Kevin Johnson, who sprained his MCL in Week 2, for awhile. His snaps will be filled by 34-year-old Jonathan Joseph and special-teams specialist Marcus Burley. It's not a big downgrade, but a noticeable one, especially with a high-octane Patriots offense on tap. And Joseph may be limited Sunday by a Week 2 shoulder injury of his own.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 67 0 0 0 7 3 88 0 0 8.8
2 at NO 65 2 6 0 4 2 37 0 0 4.3
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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Patriots | Brandin Cooks quiet against old team (Sun Sep 17, 09:57 PM) - New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks managed just two receptions for 37 yards on four targets in his return to the New Orleans in Week 2.

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Schedule

3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets