Brandin Cooks trying to treat New Orleans return as just “another game”

AP

The Patriots and Saints spent a lot of time being mentioned in the same conversations this offseason.

Whether it was the Patriots’ successful attempt to trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks or the Saints’ unsuccessful attempt to acquire cornerback Malcolm Butler, the two teams found themselves linked quite often. They’ll be linked again this weekend when the Patriots travel to New Orleans for a matchup of 0-1 teams.

Cooks said on Wednesday that the desire to avoid being 0-2 is a bigger factor for him this week than any emotions tied into returning to the place where he spent the first three years of his career.

“I just look at it as another game,” Cooks said, via the team’s website. “When you start to get hyped up too much, you psyche yourself out. So, I’m just looking forward to Week 2 and playing some football … Especially after what happened last week.”

Cooks said there’s no “bad blood” with the Saints, who he called a “great team” that will do fine without him. Much like the Patriots, that wasn’t the case last week and that should make winning a bigger focus than reunions on both sides of the field.

12 responses to “Brandin Cooks trying to treat New Orleans return as just “another game”

  1. .
    At the time the trade was made, the Saints had a surplus at WR. They did, however, have several needs elsewhere. In the end the Patriots got Cooks and the Saints got the Patriots #1 which turned into OT Ryan Ramscyk. It would appear each team improved.
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  2. “They disrespected me by trading me to the Patriots for a big payday, so I’m going teach them…” As if. No, some Saint’s fans might not be 100% ok with it but I don’t think there’s a single drop of bad blood between the teams themselves. Nor regards Butler who really wanted that Saints payday but whose fool of movie-promoter (who also fancied himself as a part-time sports agent) didn’t understand what being RFA meant and thought he could use Saints’ interest to out-poker Belichick. But I expect Butler will move there next year when he’s UFA – and again both franchises will be happy.

  3. Yeah I can’t really see why there would be bad blood between player and former team. Cooks wanted out of New Orleans and got traded to a perennial contender. The saints wanted good return on cooks. So far it looks like win-win for both clubs.

  4. Well the PATS can’t blame the turf on this one. I’m actually glad that they lost as the 16-0 talk was going to some heads. The wake up call has been sent.

    A lackluster performance by the offense and a Div III college showing by the defense.

    Patricia is a genius, literally, but from what I saw of this D the PATS are in trouble. Back to having to score 50+ points to win. Not good.

  5. 6ball says:
    September 14, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    At the time the trade was made, the Saints had a surplus at WR. They did, however, have several needs elsewhere. In the end the Patriots got Cooks and the Saints got the Patriots #1 which turned into OT Ryan Ramscyk. It would appear each team improved.
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    Hold that comment until next year when Saints still have Ranscyk and resign Cooks or he’s playing somewhere else.

  6. daddeeo says:
    September 14, 2017 at 9:34 am
    Well the PATS can’t blame the turf on this one. I’m actually glad that they lost as the 16-0 talk was going to some heads. The wake up call has been sent.

    A lackluster performance by the offense and a Div III college showing by the defense.

    Patricia is a genius, literally, but from what I saw of this D the PATS are in trouble. Back to having to score 50+ points to win. Not good.

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    Umm, the Pats are not blaming the turf. The complaints by their own players were cropping up well before that game was played.

    Try to improve your IQ so you can not be so dumb.

    And, your jealousy is a delight!

  7. Matt Patricia is a fat lard who only gets lucky because his defense some of the worst offenses in the league last year. This year is different, he has to play a lot better offenses this year and so far, they have failed.

  8. jaycutlerleadsdolphinstosuperbowl52 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:08 am
    Patricia is a genius?
    Huh?
    I guess you didn’t watch the last two Patriot Games that counted and no he wasn’t the reason they won the Super Bowl either.
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    Number one scoring D last year and got it done in the SB when they needed to since the last 31 points went unanswered. I’d say he’s earned the benefit of a doubt after 1 bad game. 9 comments so far and 4 of them are from you, that obsession is woring overtime chip.

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