Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been praised by coaches and players throughout his career and Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia joined in on the praise.
Patricia used Cooks as an example in the film room and knows Cooks well after the two spent a season together with the New England Patriots two seasons ago. The Rams were lucky enough to trade for Cooks and get him away from the Patriots prior to the 2018 season.
Moments earlier, he’d shown a terrific catch by Rams receiver Brandin Cooks, from a game against the Saints. Patricia and Cooks overlapped in New England in 2017, and the Lions’ coach recalls what it was like watching Cooks in practice. Cooks “catches three balls on every play, whether it’s thrown to him or not” — a straightforward throw to his numbers, an over-the-shoulder catch like the one we just saw him make against the Saints, and then an even more difficult attempt.
“He’s made that catch 1,000 times in practice,” Patricia says, pointing up to the video board. “Now, he may only have gotten it thrown to him twice (in a game), but he’s made it 1,000 times because he practices it every single day.”
The Lions wide receivers corps is talented, but it speaks volumes of Cooks’ talents seeing as his a coach on another team is using him as an example. Cooks is a fantastic speedy pass-catcher with some of the best hands in the league so it’s completely understandable why Patricia would use him to show his players how they can tweak their game.
After two years in a row consisting of being traded in the offseason, Brandin Cooks seems to finally have a set team in the Los Angeles Rams.
Around this time last year, the Los Angeles Rams were enjoying the excitement of acquiring Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots in a trade that seemed to come out of nowhere.
After the Rams decided to let Sammy Watkins hit free agency instead of using the franchise tag on the speedster, Sean McVay and company seemed set on Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp handling most of the responsibilities in the passing game.
Other notable happenings from that game include the Seahawks being called for an offensive pass interference also courtesy of Kearse while the Saints were able to run a couple of successful pick plays that looked worse than Kearse’s infraction but were not flagged. One such play even led to a touchdown for the Saints.
Outside of Graham being gone, neither teams look much the same outside of their star quarterbacks. The matchup predates the arrival of Alvin Kamara for the Saints and features Tim Hightower as their primary back. The Saints defense was not young and revitalized yet and Brandin Cooks still caught passes from Drew Brees. For the Seahawks, the Legion of Boom was still intact. In fact, Earl Thomas returned a Mark Ingram fumble for a touchdown.
Christine Michael led the Seahawks in rushing yards and also scored a touchdown since current starter Chris Carson was still attending classes at Oklahoma State University. In addition to that, wide receiver Tyler Lockett was still hampered by an MCL issue and caught just four receptions for 32 yards. The often-injured C.J. Prosise led the team in receiving with four catches for 80 yards and also provided 23 rushing yards on four carries.
As you can tell, these teams have undergone significant changes in personnel over the last three offseasons. The Seahawks have rebuilt a Super Bowl contender from that season who would miss the playoffs the following year into a young, hungry playoff team in 2018. And the Saints have risen from a laughing stock on defense to Super Bowl contenders over the last two years.
In fact, it’s interesting this marquee NFC matchup with two dynamic offenses with very philosophies but similar styles wouldn’t be a primetime matchup, especially considering the history between the two sides with Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Quake being the standout memory. After all, these are two 2018 playoff teams meeting up.
Instead, it’ll be an afternoon game in week three, which doesn’t seem to do it justice.
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The 2014 draft yielded six players, none of whom are still with the New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks got off to an impressive start in his rookie season before suffering a season-ending thumb injury and validated that with impressive back-to-back 1,100-yard plus receiving seasons in 2015 and 2016.