WR Brandin Cooks - Los Angeles Rams

5-10, 189Born: 9-25-1993College: Oregon StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2014

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): It's difficult to stay invested in the Rams offense after the putrid showing vs the 49ers, but the matchups get a lot better with Atlanta and Cincinnati up next.

Week 7: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Los Angeles Rams struggled mightily to move the football against the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. These struggles are excusable, however, as the 49ers have yet to allow more than 20 points in any game this season. The Rams' struggles along the offensive line, however, cannot be written off as a one-game issue. Throughout 2019, the Rams have been one of the NFL's worst pass-blocking teams. The ripple effects of their pass-blocking deficiencies can be felt throughout the entire Los Angeles passing attack. Jared Goff has seemingly regressed from the levels he reached in 2018, but the root cause of his struggles is likely the amount of pressure he faces in the pocket. In 2018 and 2019, Goff's numbers are very similar when passing from a clean pocket, where he thrives. His production while under pressure is also similar between the two seasons, although it is far worse, as is the case with almost every NFL quarterback. The most significant change from year-to-year is the rate at which he is under pressure: in 2019, he is being pressured at a much higher rate, which damages his overall efficiency as a passer. Nonetheless, Goff is equipped with an elite group of pass-catchers. Cooper Kupp leads the entire NFL with 69 targets this season, which he has converted into 522 yards and 4 touchdowns. Robert Woods is not far behind with 51 targets, 31 receptions, 355 yards, and 0 touchdowns. Woods' target, reception, and yardage numbers all imply he should find the end zone sooner, rather than later. Brandin Cooks trails Kupp and Woods as arguably the league's best number-three receiver. Cooks is the Rams' best deep threat, as he leads the team in air yards, but his target numbers lag behind that of Kupp and Woods. In recent weeks, tight end Gerald Everett has emerged as a significant threat for the Rams with 9 catches on 16 targets for 145 yards. On the whole, Los Angeles has one of the league's deepest groups of pass-catchers. The overall consistency and production of their passing attack, however, is hindered by a horrific offensive line. Against dangerous pass rushes, Jared Goff will likely continue to struggle to distribute the ball. Fortunately, the Atlanta Falcons, the Rams' week seven opponent, struggle on that front. The Atlanta Falcons are 1-5 so far in 2019, and their struggles can largely be attributed to one of the NFL's weakest pass defenses. The Falcons rank 31st in the NFL in net-yards-per-attempt allowed, 30th in touchdowns allowed, and 27th in interceptions so far in 2019. Also, the Falcons have already allowed 3 different quarterbacks to throw for at least 300-yards this year. Along the defensive line, Grady Jarrett stands out as the Falcons' undoubted defensive leader. Jarrett is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL amongst interior defensive linemen, but his supporting cast lags far behind. The Falcons struggle mightily to generate pressure, as shown by their league-worst five sacks through six games. Deion Jones is one of the league's best athletes at the linebacker position, which he makes full use of in pass-coverage. But, while Jones is an above-average defender against the pass, the rest of the linebacking corps has been exposed as a severe weakness for Atlanta. Finally, in the secondary, there are few weaker units in the NFL than that of the Atlanta Falcons. Cornerbacks Isaiah Oliver and Desmond Trufant are both extreme liabilities in coverage. No matter what scheme or coverage the Falcons have utilized, there have been numerous breakdowns from both players leading to receivers getting wide open down the field and underneath. Atlanta's safeties are also significant weak-links in coverage. Ricardo Allen is a run-oriented safety that thrives at and around the line-of-scrimmage but falls short down the field tracking wide receivers. Kemal Ishmael, on the other hand, is horrendous in all facets of the game. He was initially Keanu Neal's backup, but after Neal suffered a season-ending achilles injury, Ishmael has been exposed as one of the league's worst safeties.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at CLE 59 1 8 0 12 8.0 112 0 0 12
4 vs TB 88 0 0 0 9 6.0 71 0 0 7.1
5 at SEA 46 1 27 0 3 1.0 29 0 0 5.6
6 vs SF 52 2 14 0 3 3.0 18 0 0 3.2
7 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 4.2 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3.6 * * * *
7 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Brandin Cooks's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs SF (3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)

Cooks saw a paltry three targets against the 49ers, his low-water mark on the season and the fourth straight game without a touchdown. Cooks was as involved as a runner with two solid gains on end around rushes as he was a receiver. Cooks' noteworthy reception was a screen pass as the Rams struggled to establish any intermediate or downfield presence against the 49ers' stingy defense. The Falcons and Bengals offer get-well matchups over the next two weeks for Cooks as he has a single touchdown on 23 catches this season as a quality touchdown regression candidate.

2019 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)

Cooks took a big hit to the turf following a contested sideline reception early in the fourth quarter, ending his game with a concussion. Cooks was a minimal part of the offense despite playing more than three quarters with a mere three targets (the Rams threw a robust 49 times in the game) and only one target until midway through the third quarter. Cooks showed his acceleration on an end around rush for 27 yards. Cooks two other targets included a long bomb into tight coverage and coming wide open on a deep in-cut route, which Jared Goff missed with a woefully short pass. Cooks' status for Week 6 will be up in the air and Josh Reynolds is the next man up in the wide receiver rotation to see an uptick of snaps if Cooks is out.

2019 Week 4 vs TB (9 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)

Despite the huge passing game pie for the Rams against Tampa Bay (more than 500 yards and 68 passes), Cooks had a comparatively tepid game with only nine targets and 71 yards. Cooks had a long touchdown opportunity, coming wide open on a post route, but Jared Goff missed the speedster with one of his inaccurate throws on the game. Cooks logged a drop and had a reception called back, preventing a push for a 100-yard effort.

2019 Week 3 vs CLE (12 / 8 / 112 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Cooks saw more targets in Week 3 than the first two games combined. Cooks' deep in-cuts and out-cuts were consistently open against Cleveland as half of his receptions game on the same two routes. Cooks did not see much opportunity for after-the-catch yardage and did log a drop amidst his 12 targets. Cooks is on pace for a similar season to 2018 through three games in 2019.

2019 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 3 / 74 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Despite a mere four targets against the Saints, Cooks bounced back from a sluggish Week 1 outing. Cooks was on the receiving end of two of Jared Goff's best throws in the game, a drop-in-the-bucket deep ball on third-and-down and a laser goal-line touchdown amidst several defenders with a slant route. Cooks dropped a deep crossing route target, his lone missed opportunity in the game. Cooks' target volume has been a concern through two weeks (10 total) but he is on the right track after finding the connection with Goff in Week 2.

2019 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Cooks performance had potential against the Panthers, but Jared Goff overthrew the speedy receiver on a long target to siphon one big-play opportunity and Cooks drew a defensive pass interference penalty beyond the box score on another downfield attempt. Cooks' receptions both came in the second half of a subpar overall performance by the Rams passing game and Cooks was third on the team in targets to Robert Woods and a back-from-injury Cooper Kupp.

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Rams | Brandin Cooks shut down (Sun Oct 13, 09:36 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks caught three passes for 18 yards and rushed twice for 14 yards in a 20-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.

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Rams | Brandin Cooks on track to play (Fri Oct 11, 06:14 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 6.

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Rams | Brandin Cooks limited again (Thu Oct 10, 07:15 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) remained a limited participant in a walk-through practice Thursday, Oct. 10.

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Rams | Brandin Cooks a limited participant (Wed Oct 9, 07:23 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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Rams | Brandin Cooks in protocol (Fri Oct 4, 08:06 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks (concussion) is going through the concussion protocol after leaving the Week 5 game early.

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Schedule

7@ Atlanta Falcons
8vs Cincinnati Bengals
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Pittsburgh Steelers
11vs Chicago Bears
12vs Baltimore Ravens
13@ Arizona Cardinals
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15@ Dallas Cowboys
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17vs Arizona Cardinals