Brandin Cooks

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Brandin Cooks
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Cooks with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
No. 14 – New England Patriots
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Stockton (CA) Lincoln
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2017
Receptions: 218
Receiving yards: 2,949
Yards per reception: 13.5
Receiving touchdowns: 20
Player stats at NFL.com

Brandin Tawan Cooks (born September 25, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State, where he received All-American recognition in 2013.

High school career[edit]

Cooks attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, where he played high school football for the Trojans. As a sophomore, he recorded 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, he had 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also collecting three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooks was ranked by the Rivals.com recruiting network as the 26th-best wide receiver and the 240th overall prospect in his class.[1] He originally committed to play college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) but changed to Oregon State University.[2][3] In addition to football, Cooks played basketball and ran track in high school.

College career[edit]

Cooks played at Oregon State from 2011 to 2013. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in all 12 games with three starts. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a kick returner averaging 22.4 yards a return. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. The combination of Cooks and Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and Oregon State history. The two players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns in the 2011 season.[4]

During his junior year in 2013, he had 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns.[5] Cooks's receptions and receiving yards were Pac-12 records.[6][7][8] He was held to under 100 yards only four times and exceeded 200 yards in a game twice.[9] At the end of the season, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus All-American.[10][11] He was the second Oregon State player to win the Biletnikoff Award, the first being Mike Hass in 2005.

On January 2, 2014, Cooks announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[12]

In addition to football, Cooks ran track at Oregon State. He earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the 2012 UW Invitational, clocking a personal-best time of 6.81 seconds.[13]

College career statistics[edit]

Year GP Receiving Rushing
Rec Yds Avg Long 100+ 200+ TD Avg/G Att Yds Avg TD
2011 12 31 391 12.6 59 0 0 3 32.6 10 41 4.1 0
2012 13 67 1,151 17.2 75 5 0 5 95.9 19 82 4.3 0
2013 13 128 1,730 13.5 55 8 2 16 133 32 217 6.8 2
Total 226 3,272 14.5 75 13 2 24 86.1 61 340 5.6 2

Collegiate awards and honors[edit]

  • Biletnikoff Award (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2013)
  • Hawaii Bowl Champion (2013)
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
  • All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
  • Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single season (2013)
  • 1st all-time career receiving touchdowns at Oregon State (24 touchdowns)
  • 3rd all-time career receiving yards at Oregon State (3,272 yards)
  • 2013 NCAA leader in receiving yards (1,730 yards)
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receiving touchdowns (16 touchdowns)
  • 2013 Pac-12 leader in receptions (128 receptions)
  • 2012 Pac-12 leader in yards per reception (17.2 yards)

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
189 lb
(86 kg)
4.33 s 1.53 s 2.50 s 3.81 s 6.76 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 20th pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft; the Saints traded up from the 27th spot, giving their first and third-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals in return for Arizona's first-round pick, in order to get Cooks.[14] On May 18, 2014, the Saints signed Cooks to a four-year contract worth $8.3 million.[15]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

2014 season[edit]

In his first career game, Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and had one rush for 18 yards in a 37–34 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.[16][17][18] This made Cooks the youngest player (20 years, 347 days) to catch a touchdown pass since Reidel Anthony on Sep 28, 1997, at 20 years 343 days.[19] Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns before breaking his thumb in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending his season.[20]

2015 season[edit]

Cooks began the 2015 season as the number-one wide receiver for the Saints. Cooks caught for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in his career in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. In Weeks 15 and 16 combined, Cooks had 15 catches for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the 2015 season with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns, leading the Saints in all of those categories.

2016 season[edit]

Before the 2016 season, Cooks was pegged as a breakout candidate by ESPN.[21] He lived up to the pre-season hype when he caught six passes for a career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 35–34 loss against the Oakland Raiders. He caught a 98-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to set the Saints franchise record for longest play. Cooks, along with Willie Snead IV and Michael Thomas, finished the day with 373 receiving yards combined.[22] Following a Week 12 win versus the Los Angeles Rams, in which he was not targeted for a single pass, Cooks voiced his frustration by saying, "Closed mouths don't get fed."[23] Cooks set a new career-high in receiving yards with 1,173, and while his targets dropped from 129 in 2015 to 117 in 2016, his 10.0 yards per target ranked No. 6 among NFL wide receivers.[24]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 10, 2017, Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick were traded to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' 2017 first-round and third-round draft picks.[25][26][27][28] On April 29, 2017, the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks' contract.[29]

On September 10, 2017, Cooks made his Patriots debut against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. He had three receptions for 88 yards in the 42–27 loss.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2014 New Orleans Saints 10 7 53 550 10.4 50 3 7 73 10.4 28 1 1 0
2015 New Orleans Saints 16 13 84 1,138 13.5 71T 9 8 18 2.3 11 0 1 0
2016 New Orleans Saints 16 12 78 1,173 15.0 98T 8 6 30 5.0 11 0 1 0
Total 42 32 215 2,861 13.3 98T 20 21 121 5.8 28 1 3 0

Personal life[edit]

Cooks was 6 years old when his father died of a heart attack, and he was thereafter raised by his mother, Andrea Cooks. He is one of four brothers.

Cooks followed big plays in the 2016 season with a bow-and-arrow motion. Cooks said the motion referenced a Bible verse in which a boy named Ishmael used his archery skill to survive in the desert after he nearly died there without water.[31]

Cooks is a big fan of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rivals.com". Yahoo.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "WR Cooks flips from UCLA to Oregon State". ESPN.go.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Beavers Insider: Brandin Cooks prepares to face UCLA, team he snubbed for Oregon State". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Markus Wheaton College Stats - College Football at Sports-Reference.com". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "David Shaw sums up Brandin Cooks' play in one word: 'Wow'". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Gazette-Times, JESSE SOWA, Corvallis. "Civil War football: Cooks sets Pac-12 receptions record in loss". GazetteTimes.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Oregon State wide receiver Cooks looking to break another Pac-12 record against Boise State". 
  8. ^ "Brandin Cooks putting up big stats for Oregon St". 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Oregon State's Brandin Cooks wins Biletnikoff Award". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Oregon State football: Brandin Cooks earns consensus All-America status". OregonLive.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Brandin Cooks declares for draft". ESPN.com news service. January 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ or.milesplit.com Archived November 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "New Orleans Saints select Brandin Cooks No. 20 overall in the 2014 NFL draft". Sports Illustrated. May 8, 2014. Archived from the original on May 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Vargas, Ramon Antonio. "Saints sign No. 1 pick Brandin Cooks". The Advocate. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Brandin Cooks impresses in NFL debut". NFL. 
  17. ^ "Brandin Cooks is popular target for Drew Brees in Saints' debut". The Times-Picayune. September 7, 2014. 
  18. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 7, 2014). "Saints' Cooks lives up to hype in debut". ESPN. 
  19. ^ "Player Game Finder Query Results - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 
  20. ^ Triplett, Mike (November 19, 2014). "Agent: Brandin Cooks out 4-6weeks". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ "ESPN believes Brandin Cooks will break out". Yahoo.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Saints' speedy receivers shred Raiders defenders in loss". NOLA.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  23. ^ Conor Orr (December 2, 2016). "Brandin Cooks: 'Closed mouths don't get fed'". NFL.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Brandin Cooks Advanced Stats and Metrics Profile: Yards Per Target". PlayerProfiler.com. 
  25. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (March 10, 2017). "Saints trading Brandin Cooks to Patriots for No. 32 pick". NFL.com. 
  26. ^ "Patriots acquire WR Brandin Cooks in a trade with New Orleans; Acquire DL Kony Ealy in a trade with Carolina". Patriots.com. March 11, 2017. 
  27. ^ "New Orleans Saints trade for Patriots first- and third-round draft picks". NewOrleansSaints.com. March 11, 2017. 
  28. ^ Rapoport, Ian. "Brandin Cooks' frustrations with Saints led to trade to Patriots". NFL. Retrieved September 17, 2017. 
  29. ^ Orr, Conor (April 29, 2017). "Patriots pick up Brandin Cooks' fifth-year option". NFL.com. 
  30. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots - September 7th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  31. ^ "Brandin Cooks explains the reason for his bow-and-arrow celebration". NOLA.com. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  32. ^ Mays, Robert (May 7, 2014). "The Big Promise of Brandin Cooks: The smallest man in this year’s NFL draft just might be the most talented". Grantland. 

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