Brandin Cooks showing screen game, stealing the show

AP

The Saints gambled in March when they traded running back Darren Sproles to the Eagles for a draft pick.

But they might have ultimately won, as they found a guy with the same kind of ability to turn small plays into big ones.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been the star of camp so far, making it clear the Saints are going to build the plan with him in mind.

During Tuesday’s practice, Cooks took a quick bubble screen the distance, and the video of him pulling away from the Saints defense is frankly alarming.

The ability to run more complicated routes will be needed, but the pure speed he showed on the simplest one makes it clear he’s going to be a weapon for Drew Brees soon.

34 responses to “Brandin Cooks showing screen game, stealing the show

  1. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ve seen a startled peanut vendor pull away from the Saints defense.

  2. Even despite his lack of size, this kid was statistically the best WR in college football last year, and had he been simply 2-3 inches taller…he would have been mentioned in the same sentence as Sammy Watkins this entire time. He plays bigger than he actually is, and his ability to go up and catch a ball amongst taller defenders is a testament to his athleticism. I’m very happy that my Eagles have a guy like Jordan Matthews, but Brandin Cooks was the guy whom I had my sights set on during the draft process. The thought of Cooks playing in Chip Kelly’s system was nothing short of salivating, and he would have been a picture-perfect replacement for Desean Jackson.

    I think the Saints knew that their only chance at drafting such an extremely talented player was to move up in the draft to go and get him.

  3. Whoa Saints traded Sproles? I thought he left in free agency.

    Guess Cooks will be called upon to fill that role somewhat.

    Big (as well as small) shoes to fill.

  4. Dude is too small to go across the middle, he’d get lit up by LB’s which makes him a deep threat. Hes runs a blazing 4.34 40 but most corners and safeties nowadays are running in the 4.4-4.5 range and have the strength and leverage to dominate this guy on press and zone coverage. He’s got BUST written all over him

  5. That startled peanut vendor must be pretty fast since the Saints had the #4 defense last year..

  6. …Saints were the only team in the league with a Top 5 offense and defense last year. Improvement on both fronts for likely another Super Bowl appearance…. Think about that haters!!! LOL

  7. weepingjebus says:
    Jul 29, 2014 1:51 PM
    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ve seen a startled peanut vendor pull away from the Saints defense.
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    This is what happens when you don’t pay attention to football for a year. Last year the Saints had the #4 ranked defense. They must’ve not played many teams with peanut vendors in their lineup last year.

    #TROLLFAIL

  8. weepingjebus says:
    Jul 29, 2014 1:51 PM
    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ve seen a startled peanut vendor pull away from the Saints defense.

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    This did give me a chuckle but the Saints had the #4 defense last year so it’s about a year too late.

  9. weepingjebus says: Jul 29, 2014 1:51 PM

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’ve seen a startled peanut vendor pull away from the Saints defense.

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    yeah because the Saints defense is so terr…. oh wait it’s not 2012 anymore.

  10. “He’s too small to go across the middle of the field.”

    Stupidest commentary ever.

    Wes welker is laughing at you.

    Please stop regurgitating what you hear on ESPN or at your cafeteria table at lunch.

  11. Call me a crazy saints fan but I’m one that wasn’t upset about the trading of sproles especially with cooks being drafted. Sproles obviously had lost a step and coukdnt break a tackle to save his life. Sproles had quickness not flat out speed. This speed that cooks possesses is what the saints were missing last year. And I saw the video of the play mentioned above and even though it’s training camp cooks looked like bolt in a track race.

  12. Yeah have to agree with that. Cooks has slot star written all over him, especially in that offense. He was a beast in college and as was said earlier, had he been a few inches taller, he would have been the #1 WR taken.

  13. The only team that can challenge the Seahawks are the Saints because they’re more complete than any other NFC challenger.

    Adding Byrd and Vaccaro with another year of experience makes their safety tandem scary. Brees, Graham, Cooks and the rest is dangerous.

    49ers are too beat up and have Kaeper which is a loss. GB is very good but just not enough D. Zona is solid but losing their 2 inside backers and Palmer keeps them back. Rams are solid but Bradford is a china doll. Eagles don’t have enough D. Panthers don’t have enough WR weapons.

    The most complete teams are the Seahawks and Saints in the NFC. Saints may have a slight edge as their schedule is easier and homefield adv is big.

    I expect to see a N.O. vs Seattle in the NFCCG

  14. I wanted the Eagles to draft him and he certainly looks to be as advertised, but reports are that Sproles is looking as fast as ever, he was a steal for a 5th round pick, and Jordan Matthews is also lighting it up in camp (different kind of WR, I know).

  15. “But they might have ultimately won, as they found a guy with the same kind of ability to turn small plays into big ones.”

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    Or they could have kept Sproles and used the 1st rounder on someone else, instead of using a very high pick to replace Sproles.

  16. I just want to know happened to the WV player who ran like he had a rocket up his butt? That being said this guy is a receiver and Sproles is a running back but knowing Peyton he will find ways to exploit miss matches.

  17. If a #4 defense means the Saints sucked, then I guess #5-32 really sucked? Yeah, right.

    Doesn’t matter if there was no defense, did you see the speed in which he moved? It was like he was running on air.

    This kid is going to make us all forget about Sproles and Moore. He’s the “new” Sproles.

    And Bryd back on the field in full practice, he looks good too.

    Yeah baby…GEAUX SAINTS!!

  18. Whoa Saints traded Sproles? I thought he left in free agency.

    Guess Cooks will be called upon to fill that role somewhat.

    Big (as well as small) shoes to fill.

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    He was leaving in FA, but Saints pulled it back and traded him to the Eagles. Need to stay up on your FB news!

  19. kane337 says:
    Jul 29, 2014 3:22 PM
    Looks like their defense is going back to their 2012 ways.
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    I know HOPE is ETERNAL but I think you should FOCUS on that offensive line play of the FALCONS and who’s going to take the slack for Tony(RETIRED) and HOW ABOUT that Secondary play and how about keeping these guys HEALTHY cause obviously “Next Man Up” did not apply last year and…….

  20. Haters will hate, and that’s okay. When he burns opponents for touchdowns their fans will cry about break downs in coverage or some other reason so they do not have to give the 2013 Biletnikoff award winner any credit for being such a talented athlete since they just give that award away to anyone in the NCAA that they feel bad for right?

  21. Sproles has little to do with Cooks. Cooks is a WR. Could Sproles and Cooks not coexist in their offense? The gamble is that they used a 3rd round pick to move up 7 spots to get Cooks. They got just a 5th round pick for Sproles, used to select an OLB who started 8 games last year. This is mostly nit picking, you guys here at PFT for some reason need some catchy attention-getters to start every article, no matter how nonsensical, unfunny, and/or obscure. It’s just that Sproles did not need to be traded to make way for Cooks. They are 2 separate and mostly unrelated moves.

    Stupidness aside, I loved what I saw of Cooks leading up to the draft. Small doesnt matter when you can run and catch like that.

  22. For those who’ve been paying close attention, they can see how Sean Payton is making all of the right decisions to move both his defense and his offense up a couple of notches over last year’s good season. Their attitude is similar to 2009 when they won the Super Bowl, but even more so. Topping the ’72 Dolphins wouldn’t surprise me.

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