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Brandin Cooks knows Saints expect an “immediate impact”

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The Saints parted ways with two productive members of their offense this offseason in Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, opening up an opportunity for a new face to threaten defenses on the receiving end of Drew Brees‘ passes.

One player who is sure to get a long look at that role is first-round pick Brandin Cooks. The Saints traded up in the first round to assure that Cooks would be joining the team and Cooks knows New Orleans didn’t make that move so he could sit on the bench as a rookie.

“No doubt,” Cooks said. “They wouldn’t have drafted me if they didn’t feel like I could come in and make an immediate impact. I know that, and that’s what I’m putting on my shoulders and I’m going to continue to work for that.”

It’s only been a handful of practices, but the early reviews from Saints camp on Cooks are good, especially when it comes to his speed. If opposing defenses are forced to adapt to that speed, it will open up the field for Cooks’ teammates and he’ll have that desired impact even if he doesn’t put up gaudy receiving numbers. Should he click with Brees this summer, though, those numbers might be there and Cooks’ impact will be even bigger.

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13 Responses to “Brandin Cooks knows Saints expect an “immediate impact””
  1. barsfordays says: May 18, 2014 1:30 PM

    Wish the Eagles got this guy! But oooohhh Marcus Smith was a “great” option at No.26…… questionable decisions Chip….

  2. 4thqtrsaint says: May 18, 2014 1:41 PM

    ROY. This guy will have the impact the Saints were expecting when they drafted Reggie Bush.

  3. purpleguy says: May 18, 2014 1:43 PM

    The SI article on this guy painted an impressive picture. This guy will soon be a pro bowler with Brees as his QB.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2014 1:47 PM

    It’ll be a case of “too many Cooks” for opponents this season.

  5. mattryansnoodlearm says: May 18, 2014 1:56 PM

    This kid is going to be a monster.

  6. uptjeff says: May 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    Great pick by the Saints.

  7. sb44champs says: May 18, 2014 3:22 PM

    Last few years has been great drafting by Mickey Loomis

  8. bassplucker says: May 18, 2014 3:46 PM

    If this kid plays up to his potential, Saints fans won’t even remember Lance Moore by midseason. His game is tailor-made for that offense and that division.

  9. silentcount says: May 18, 2014 4:19 PM

    Be prepared for quick strike touchdowns and then the Saints defense quickly getting the ball back. Even with lopsided victories, Saints games will be the most entertaining ones to watch each week.

  10. gpenpilot says: May 18, 2014 7:55 PM

    Wow another Robert Meachem. CONGRATS Saints fans.. maybe you should work on the defense with the exception of adding Byrd, they have digressed. Look for Saints to do barely sneak into the playoffs in the putrid NC South and it possibly will be a wild card.. Tampa Bay is going to scare New Orleans next season, watch.

  11. asseenonokra says: May 19, 2014 8:32 AM

    The #4 ranked defense (yards and points) is digressing because we lost players that either didn’t play much or didn’t play well last year? I hated to see Greer go down, but I think the defense is going to be just fine.

  12. nonyt says: May 19, 2014 11:36 AM

    “Wow another Robert Meachem. CONGRATS Saints fans.. maybe you should work on the defense with the exception of adding Byrd, they have digressed. Look for Saints to do barely sneak into the playoffs in the putrid NC South and it possibly will be a wild card.. Tampa Bay is going to scare New Orleans next season, watch.”

    Really! Get real! You don’t even believe that!

  13. nonyt says: May 19, 2014 11:37 AM

    “Wish the Eagles got this guy! But oooohhh Marcus Smith was a “great” option at No.26…… questionable decisions Chip….”

    That wasn’t Philly’s fault. He wasn’t there when they picked.

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