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Will Brandin Cooks thrive in New England?

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Receiver Brandin Cooks wasn’t happy in New Orleans’ pass-happy offense. How will he do in New England?

That’s one of the biggest questions for the coming months, as he tries to become the first outside receiver to truly thrive in the New England system since Randy Moss. As former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson explained it during a visit to PFT Live at the Super Bowl, the New England offense isn’t conducive to most receivers who line up on the outside.

Malcolm Mitchell did well on the outside as a rookie in 2016, but most of the damage continues to be done from the slot, and by tight ends.

For 2017, barring any players being cut or traded, the Patriots will have Cooks, Mitchell, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, and Dwayne Allen.

So, yeah, if Cooks thought he wasn’t getting the ball often enough in 2016 (when he caught 78 passes for 1,173 yards), we’ll see how he does when his do-your-job job consists in many cases of running deep and drawing the coverage away from Gronkowski, Edelman, etc.

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  1. elitekane says: Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    New England isn’t conducive to BUMS like Chad Johnson he meant to say… People who can’t run the correct routes or learn a playbook. Tell Chad “Headbutt” Johnson to go kick rocks.

    REAL outside guys thrive here… so far Randy been the only one. Maybe Chris Hogan can get a consideration.

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    No because Brady is horrible at throwing the deep ball. He’ll just dink and dunk to Cooks on slants and hope for. YAC. #washed

  3. patk617 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    They’re offense will be unstoppable

  4. paulieorkid says: Mar 10, 2017 8:10 PM

    Q: Will Brandin Cooks thrive in New England?

    A: Of course he will.

  5. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 10, 2017 8:10 PM

    Not a big fan of the signing, sure he’s talented, but he just publicly whine his way off of a team which a big no no and we have enough small shifty receivers.

  6. ocgunslinger says: Mar 10, 2017 8:10 PM

    I read someplace he has a little of the WR Diva attitude. If true he will have to make an attitude adjustment in NE.

  7. scottbrowning2 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:10 PM

    Winning should soften the blow for him.

  8. terripet says: Mar 10, 2017 8:11 PM

    no he won’t he is use to running deep patterns Brady can’t throw downfield he is a 5 yard passer

  9. murraysons says: Mar 10, 2017 8:11 PM

    If he can get open and hang onto the ball, he’ll be just fine.

  10. jstamper3377 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:13 PM

    It’s amazing how much more a player can accept when they are winning 14 games and surrounded by players with Super Bowl rings.

  11. jchipwood says: Mar 10, 2017 8:14 PM

    What a dumb move to trade a lot for an ok wr for one year.

  12. steelcurtainn says: Mar 10, 2017 8:19 PM

    he’ll thrive but will still be watching the superbowl at home like last year.

  13. jcrods says: Mar 10, 2017 8:20 PM

    Amazing haters still say Brady can’t throw the long ball. What? You watch football or wait for the commercials and shots of celebrities in the stands?

  14. dcs126126 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:21 PM

    u forgot chris hogan … and white lewis and hopefully christian maccaffrey

  15. tylawspick6 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:22 PM

    goodell on a conf call right now looking for ideas
    to frame the pats

    any ideas people?

    lol!!!

  16. spirrulz12 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:22 PM

    The Steeler fanboy penning wishful thinking that this deal doesn’t put even more distance between his beloved black and gold and their daddies the Pats.

  17. redclaw1314 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:23 PM

    The Patriots have a plan in place for this guy–they have been watching him for a long time. He adds another dimension to their offense.

  18. smackers86 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:23 PM

    I wonder if they have been saying they won’t trade Garoppolo because they wanted to make this trade first involving the 32nd pick. If they acquired No. 12 from the Browns, the Saints might have tried to demand that instead.

  19. ocgunslinger says: Mar 10, 2017 8:27 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:14 PM
    What a dumb move to trade a lot for an ok wr for one year.

    2 21
    _____________________

    I missed what team you represent in any capacity…In other words I’ll go with Belichick.

  20. bigdaddy44 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:28 PM

    The Patriots get richer. Like I said, the Butler for Cooks rumor was a ruse. This deal makes sense for the Saints, they get a first round pick to control at short money for four years. They also get to spend the 12-13 million per year Butler would have had the leverage to insist on, in order to sign his tender, which is the only way the Pats could have traded him anyway. As much as I love Butler, I’d take the pick and the money to spend on another player (or two) than just Butler himself.

  21. sigp320 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:31 PM

    If he’s a diva, he’ll get punked down and put in his place by the rest of the locker room. They’ll slap the back of his coconut with ring laden hands and get him in line

  22. unbreakable02215 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:34 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM
    No because Brady is horrible at throwing the deep ball. He’ll just dink and dunk to Cooks on slants and hope for. YAC. #washed

    Mmmm did you watch their games this year ? Best deep ball he’s thrown in years. Lots of them.

    Had a good one against you A clowns too if I remember correctly 🤣

  23. dispozblcopy says: Mar 10, 2017 8:36 PM

    So it would seem the goonies are out again. The Pats have him for two years on a rookie contract, with a third rookie year contract optional. In NFL terms, he’s locked in cheap, perhaps as long as Gronk and Brady.

    And Geez Louise, what is it with this “dink and dunk” nonsense? Brady was second in the league in 20+ yards passing, and if you saw the 31 points worth of 5 drives in the SB, it was almost as bad as Pittsburgh covering Hogan/Gronk, even while he was getting sacked and hit and pressured on nearly every down until the last drive.

    Nevertheless, you don’t get more points for a touchdown drive that includes longer passes. You get the yards to move the chains to scored the points to win the game–I thought that was the definition of offense in American football.

    What else is there to say?

  24. Hitdog18 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:36 PM

    Yes! You are all correct, Brady can’t throw the deep ball! Except Chris Hogan lead the league in YPC…This offense is stacked

  25. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Mar 10, 2017 8:38 PM

    The Pats’ focus should now turn to addressing the need for pass rushers on defense.

  26. dispozblcopy says: Mar 10, 2017 8:39 PM

    The most interesting thing now for me on the offensive of the ball for NE is what happens to Floyd and Amendola. Danny is a good but not lights our punt returned, and Floyd might end up suspended by the league for four games — or more, if Ginger Roger decides their offseason was too good.

  27. thecape15 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:44 PM

    Chad Johnson should keep his mouth shut. He had a shameful year with the Pats.

    Remember the game where the entire offense lined up on the right side of the field he was all alone on the left and dropped the perfect pass from Brady?

    Every single week he looked like a deer in the headlights. Maybe he was starstruck.

    And Brady was so professional. He never embarrass him or yelled at him.

    He was in over his head.

  28. Ghost Rat says: Mar 10, 2017 8:45 PM

    I love how you think you know better than Belichick, Mike. You’ll have to show me your collection of Lombardi trophies some time.

  29. cadreamer1969 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:50 PM

    Strange that a hater is so worried about Cooks and NE.

  30. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:51 PM

    EVERYONE should just give up on their teams and become Patriot fans….if NO ONE suports the other 31 teams maybe something will be done about making them mere mortals again. I hate the Patriots…they suck the joy out of hoping some other team wins the superbowl.

  31. grogansheroes says: Mar 10, 2017 8:52 PM

    I wonder if the Pats flip Cooks to some team for draft picks. They’re running out of draft picks. And Bill throws around draft picks like manhole covers.

  32. kevpft says: Mar 10, 2017 8:53 PM

    I don’t think New England pays that much for a decoy. Hires one, sure, but not for that price.

    Or it could show how little they value that 32nd draft pick, which could explain why they’ve not been tempted to trade Garoppolo yet (if ever).

    If a first-round draft pick is only worth an unnecessary receiver, it sure isn’t worth a potential starting QB.

  33. maust1013 says: Mar 10, 2017 8:54 PM

    Winning cures a multitude of ills. Considering how tight Belichick and Payton are if The Hoodie isn’t worried about Cooks attitude why should we be? Three other things to keep in mind:

    Cooks will singing for his supper the next 2 seasons.
    TB’s favorite WR is the open one, Cooks will get his looks.
    He is joining a strong championship locker room.

  34. ibillwt says: Mar 10, 2017 8:55 PM

    I love how you think you know better than Belichick, Mike. You’ll have to show me your collection of Lombardi trophies some time.
    ————————-
    AMEN.
    If he gets open and runs the route exactly the way Brady tells him, he’ll thrive. If he freelances he’s cut.

  35. maust1013 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:00 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:14 PM
    What a dumb move to trade a lot for an ok wr for one year.
    ====================

    What they traded a lot to Miami for Stills? How did we miss that?

  36. amadorcountyca says: Mar 10, 2017 9:06 PM

    All you trolls are funny. Please wear your ignorance as well badge of honor. You really think you are smarter than Belechick?

    Pats won two of last three super bowls. Kiss Brady’s five rings.

  37. maust1013 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:08 PM

    terripet says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:11 PM
    no he won’t he is use to running deep patterns Brady can’t throw downfield he is a 5 yard passer
    ==========================

    From the poser who thinks the Colts getting ribbed for their participation banner is getting old.

  38. silentcount says: Mar 10, 2017 9:08 PM

    Cooks will learn what a good deal he actually had in New Orleans.

  39. grabgrabgrab says: Mar 10, 2017 9:09 PM

    No. But he sure would thrive in Green Bay!!! Better all around QB play in that specific location.

  40. oiler1980 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:12 PM

    Winning has a tendency to bring out the best in players….Especially playing on the last year of a contract.

    Losing….Not so much…

    See Martellus Bennett as an example….

    Welcome to new England Mr. Cooks.

    We are on to the other hand…

    Go Pats!!!!!

  41. jchipwood says: Mar 10, 2017 9:24 PM

    maust1013 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:00 PM
    jchipwood says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:14 PM
    What a dumb move to trade a lot for an ok wr for one year.
    ====================

    What they traded a lot to Miami for Stills? How did we miss that?
    _______________________
    Not sure what you’re getting at but obviously you can’t handle happy hour very well. I bet you had cherry wine coolers. But what I think you are asking is the Dolphins gave up a 3rd for Stills that had two years left on his deal……not a first for one year.

  42. yahdoood says: Mar 10, 2017 9:29 PM

    Brady = #GOAT
    Belichik = #GOAT

    Cooks will fall in line pretty quickly and if he gets his head into the playbook he’ll get plenty of balls… and a ring to boot!

  43. twinfan24 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:40 PM

    Winning games and getting to the playoffs often fixes issues on some players. If the team stinks and they aren’t getting the ball, they whine. If the team is winning, they can often hold off some of the whining, as long as they still get the ball a decent amount in some of the games.

    Time will tell.

  44. nbptma1 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:45 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM
    No because Brady is horrible at throwing the deep ball. He’ll just dink and dunk to Cooks on slants and hope for. YAC. #washed
    ————————–
    terripet says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:11 PM
    no he won’t he is use to running deep patterns Brady can’t throw downfield he is a 5 yard passer

    ————————–

    While your entitled to your opinion, you’re uneducated and . . . dumb

  45. streetyson says: Mar 10, 2017 9:57 PM

    Oh man, Cooks is already 23 – how long will he last? – a dozen years tops? And what with prob keeping JimmyG or at worst JacobyB, I’m worried that the Pats are going all out just to be relevant for the next 15yrs. But mark my words, the day will come when it ends – though I’ll prob be dead by then…

  46. sainttimbo says: Mar 10, 2017 10:15 PM

    As a Saints fan, and someone that admires the Pats, I’ll say that the Pats just seriously upgraded their deep play. I was hoping for higher picks for Cooks than the 32nd.

    Yeah, he was becoming a diva, which doesn’t work for our offense, but Brees has this thing about making receivers better than they would be on other teams.

  47. solo681 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:19 PM

    Complete waste of a 1st Round Pick on a Diva WR that will be gone after one year.

    Patriots made a huge mistake on this one.

    Could of used tat pick on a DE.

    Guarantee clash with Edelman and a strong probability of locker room cancer.

  48. snake11s says: Mar 10, 2017 10:29 PM

    so if NE traded 1st and 3rd for Stills and a 2nd for Ealy, they don’t have any picks until 4th from NO. Their original is part forfeited by the bountygate BS.
    That means someone is getting traded for some picks…Jimmy G or #12?

  49. tigerlilac says: Mar 10, 2017 10:40 PM

    Odd, Chippy and Belichick differ on the value of an NFL player and franchise strategy.

  50. pastabelly says: Mar 10, 2017 10:42 PM

    Winning seems to make a lot of people happy.

  51. maust1013 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:44 PM

    solo681 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:19 PM
    Complete waste of a 1st Round Pick on a Diva WR that will be gone after one year.
    Patriots made a huge mistake on this one.
    Could of used tat pick on a DE.
    Guarantee clash with Edelman and a strong probability of locker room cancer.
    =======================

    Wow, too bad you don’t have Bill’s ear to save him from himself, lol.
    That ‘diva’ label started with Cooks being unhappy about not getting a touch in a game they lost. He has 2 affordable years left.
    Belichick has wanted him since the ’14 draft but the Saints moved up to get him ahead of NE.
    The dealing for picks isn’t done and they have already acquired Ealy and brought Guy in today.
    Edelman is a pro, he is also primarily an inside guy and has yet to clash with any of the myriad other receivers the Pats have brought in during his tenure.

  52. infectorman says: Mar 10, 2017 10:44 PM

    New England thows a huge THANK YOU!!!!! to Michael Thomas, the 2nd coming of Marques Colston in NO

  53. infectorman says: Mar 10, 2017 10:46 PM

    sainttimbo says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:15 PM
    As a Saints fan, and someone that admires the Pats, I’ll say that the Pats just seriously upgraded their deep play. I was hoping for higher picks for Cooks than the 32nd.

    Yeah, he was becoming a diva, which doesn’t work for our offense, but Brees has this thing about making receivers better than they would be on other teams.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Yup. We know a little something about QB’s who make receivers better, here in NE

  54. pastabelly says: Mar 10, 2017 10:48 PM

    Cooks is signed for two more years since there is a team option in 2018 for $8.5 million. When you have 2 to 3 years left in Tom Brady’s championship window, you do deals like this. Edelman has one year left on his deal. That’s going to be a rough one. The Pats will have Cooks, Edelman, Hogan, and Mitchell. For now, only Edelman is a great slot receiver.

  55. maust1013 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:53 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:24 PM

    Not sure what you’re getting at…
    ======================

    That isn’t surprising at all

  56. tylawspick6 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:57 PM

    Complete waste of a 1st Round Pick on a Diva WR that will be gone after one year.

    Patriots made a huge mistake on this one.

    Could of used tat pick on a DE.

    Guarantee clash with Edelman and a strong probability of locker room cancer.

    —–

    the exact opposite of what you just said will happen

    lol

  57. One for the other thumb says: Mar 11, 2017 1:40 AM

    Not comparing cooks to moss but ol straight cash homie lined up on the outside and he was pretty successful at.

  58. bradygirl12 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:41 AM

    oeflaccoallday says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:09 PM

    No because Brady is horrible at throwing the deep ball. He’ll just dink and dunk to Cooks on slants and hope for. YAC. #washed

    ———————-

    I seem to recall Brady dropping quite a few deep bombs right into Chris Hogans’s hand for TDs or at least huge chunks of yardage. He can still throw deep,but those slot plays are pretty effective too.
    #5x SB champs

  59. dudeicle says: Mar 11, 2017 1:42 AM

    The opposition can’t double team both him AND Gronk! this is going to be AweSome!

  60. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 11, 2017 3:18 AM

    Super fast wide receiver who can run routes and catch the football…yeah, I think he’ll be OK.

  61. turfczar57 says: Mar 11, 2017 7:05 AM

    jonathankrobinson424 says:
    …”hate the Patriots…they suck the joy out of hoping some other team wins the superbowl.”

    Granted the Patriots are, and have been great, but they’ve only won 2 of the last 12.

    Brady’s 40. Let’s just see what happens before we coronate them.

  62. shiz1156 says: Mar 11, 2017 8:04 AM

    I think what is lost on this trade is the fact they kept Malcom Butler here. Offensively this is maybe the best group they may have ever had, (remains to be seen how they fill out the RB position) Defensively Hightower is still a glaring concern. Kyle Van Noy played well last year, but I can’t see them staying put there. They lose Sheard, Long and Mingo, so Bill goes out and gets Kony Ealy and upgrades the front line. Going into next season it’s crazy to think the Pats can score almost every position and have two shut down corners on D. Plus the Jets, Dolphins and Buffalo haven’t really done much to close the gap. It’s great to be a Pats fan!!

  63. phinatic29 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:20 AM

    why did they trade for him? you know they won’t pay him, they never do.

  64. orrnumberfour says: Mar 11, 2017 9:40 AM

    Its a Patriots world and we’re all just living in it.

    Resistance is futile.

  65. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says: Mar 11, 2017 9:44 AM

    Hey Rex …..” this is how you win the off season”

  66. npadln says: Mar 11, 2017 10:06 AM

    The Pats and their passing attack may not be conducive to the outside attack but when I watched Brady play with Moss I thought, this must seem so liberating to Moss. So many QBs can’t make the leap into the dark and trust their GOOD receivers to make plays for balls thrown their way (Sammy Watkins and Tyrod Taylor). Brady’s trust is Moss was breathtaking. Get a good wide receiver and watch Brady bring this guy to a new level. He’d be smart if he just puts his nose deep into the playbook and trust Brady to make him a star.

  67. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 11, 2017 10:27 AM

    “No because Brady is horrible at throwing the deep ball.”

    Lolz at you and Terripet. Pats were #2 in the league in completions of 20+ yards in the air last season, only the Falcons had more.

    And the whole NFL world saw Brady hitting perfect 40 and 50 yard bombs in the playoffs but according to you people he can’t throw more than 5 yards.

    Terripet I can understand. It must have driven her from what little sanity she had left when she saw former Buffalo Bill Hogan catching crucial bombs from Brady in the playoffs and Super Bowl.

    You and the rest of the crew claiming Brady can’t throw deep either don’t watch the Pats play ever, or just close your eyes when the Pats offense has the ball so you can pretend they don’t do the things they regularly do.

  68. daddeeo says: Mar 11, 2017 10:34 AM

    This does worry me a bit. A diva who publically complained about the team and using his “god’s Givens Talents” is not the kind of guy who thrives in NE.

    Hopefully he’ll realize that the chance to win a title is worth the extra work.

    Elevate and CATCH it Brandin. Do your job.

  69. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 11, 2017 10:38 AM

    “what happens to Floyd and Amendola. Danny is a good but not lights our punt returned, and Floyd might end up suspended by the league for four games ”

    Floyd’s contract is up, he’s a FA and I don’t expect him back with this acquisition.

    Amendola probably takes another paycut and stays.

  70. massfootballfan says: Mar 11, 2017 10:56 AM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:19 PM

    he’ll thrive but will still be watching the superbowl at home like last year.

    ———————————————
    It’s a possibility he could be watching at home, but it’s a reality he wont be watching the Steelers.

  71. j0esixpack says: Mar 11, 2017 3:14 PM

    He’s a 23 yr old with proven talent and speed.

    The Pats are in “win for the next 5 years” mode and he’ll have the chance to be the deep Randy Moss threat that helped them go 16-0 ten years ago.

    Other WRs are over 30 and are more slot/short specialists along with Gronk and a cadre of pass catching RBs

    He doesn’t have to have 100 catches to make a HUGE impact on the Patriots. If he plays his cards right, and has a good attitude playing for Brady at 23 years old he will be able to cash in with the Pats or someone else and be set for life

    Aquiring him for a “stolen” 4th rounder (which the Saints might be able to turn into MORE picks by trading back to 131 before consumating the trade) we see the victims of FrameGate and BountyGate showing Goodell that they’re smart enough to use his “punishment” to their advantage

    … and just wait – maybe Garoppolo fetches a 1st, 2nd and even more – all thanks to Roger Goodell showcasing JG last year!

  72. pondbridge says: Mar 11, 2017 5:10 PM

    Brady has probably contacted him already about getting together and just, ya know, running a few thousand routes. What does that tell you?

  73. ibillwt says: Mar 11, 2017 5:11 PM

    They’ll slap the back of his coconut with ring laden hands and get him in line.
    ———————————
    That’s good, very good. We need more such entertaining wise cracks and less clowns spouting off like they actually have any friggin clue what Belichick should do.

  74. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 12, 2017 6:17 AM

    spirrulz12 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 8:22 PM
    The Steeler fanboy penning wishful thinking that this deal doesn’t put even more distance between his beloved black and gold and their daddies the Pats.
    ————-
    Steelers are black and yellow.
    Not gold, but yellow. Much like their trolls.

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