Brandin Cooks thinks chemistry is just getting better

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The Patriots have a legitimate concern about the status of tight end Rob Gronkowski, but they can at least comfort themselves with the idea that another pass-catcher is peaking at the right time.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is coming off one of his best games of the season, and could be called into an even bigger role if Gronkowski isn’t cleared after last week’s concussion. But after coming over in a trade with the Saints last offseason, Cooks said his level of comfort in the offense with quarterback Tom Brady is only getting greater.

I think it’s growing day-by-day, every single practice, every single game,” Cooks said, via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “The great thing about it is, we have another chance to grow that trust in a couple of weeks.”

Cooks had six catches for 100 yards against the Jaguars last week, and was also in the immediate vicinity of a pair of long pass interference penalties, which bought them another 68 yards.

It’s reasonable to suggest that the Eagles’ corners aren’t as good as Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, and that Cooks is positioned for another big game. But he’s taking nothing for granted.

“You’ve got to be able to treat it like you’re never going to get this opportunity again,” he said. “We’re fortunate as a team, so we’ve got to look at it from that standpoint. We never know if we can get back here, so give it all you’ve got.”

Of course, he’s new there and hasn’t enjoyed their past success, but he’s quickly adopted their approach.

52 responses to “Brandin Cooks thinks chemistry is just getting better

  1. Cooks had six catches for 100 yards against the Jaguars last week, and was also in the immediate vicinity of a pair of long pass interference penalties
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    Yeah at least one of those should’ve been on Cooks.

    #refslovethemsomebrady

  2. And there were two more uncalled but painfully obvious PIs by Jags D on Cooks, pinning his arms, that should have given the Pats another 70yds and the ball near the red zone twice more.

  3. I dunno. Statistically you can see a lot of similarities between the Foles version of the Phillies and the Jags. Both offensively and defensively. That shouldn’t make any of us Patriots fans feel very comfortable. We will not be playing at home and we got pretty fortunate to get past the Jags. It should make for a terrific match up.

  4. factschecker says:
    January 26, 2018 at 8:43 am
    I dunno. Statistically you can see a lot of similarities between the Foles version of the Phillies and the Jags. Both offensively and defensively. That shouldn’t make any of us Patriots fans feel very comfortable. We will not be playing at home and we got pretty fortunate to get past the Jags. It should make for a terrific match up.

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    Pats D and its versatility and depth matches up beautifully with the Eagles offense, in particular, their WRs.

    BB has an answer for it all.

    We’ll see how Foles does against a top flight defense and coach.

  5. Should be a great game if the refs just let them play. Far too many penalty flags flying in ALL of the playoff games, just let them play football…

  6. Ramsey and Bouye were too busy yapping and playing “Look at me” game, before,during and after the game, That’s reasonable to suggest as well.

  7. Cooks had a decent year, yards were good, TDs were down slightly BUT that’s a product of Brady. Tom could not care less about Passing TD stats, unlike another larger foreheaded gentleman. So, when they’re inside the 5 and dropping 7 to cover the end zone, Brady audibles to a run and the back gets the TD.

    Don’t believe me? Look at the stats. in 2017, Patriots RBs by committee(Gillislee, Burkhead & Lewis) combined for 16 TDs, 2nd league wide to only New Orleans(Kamara & Ingram).

    In 2016, Blount led the league with 18 TDs even though his rush avg was only 3.9! For comparison to 2017. Blount had a higher avg of 4.4 this year but only 2 TDs!

    People just don’t recognize that if Brady wanted to have 50+ TDs every single year, he could. But he would come across as a stat monger and selfish and it would breed resentment among the backs never getting the ball in the endzone, etc. etc. Brady knows when everyone is contributing the machine runs the most efficiently.

  8. Cooks had a terrible drop in the 4th quarter that could have killed the Pats.And he NEVER makes a catch in traffic.This guy couldn’t carry David Pattern or David Givens’ shoes.

  9. I believe if the Pats can lock up Cooks, Hogan, Dorsett for 4-5 years each & with Edelman & Mitchell gets healthy as well as extending Dola another year the Pats will be sitting pretty on WR….. Don’t want to waste Brady’s final 3-4 years!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  10. In 2016, Blount led the league with 18 TDs even though his rush avg was only 3.9!
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    When you are crunching the numbers one has to understand that you can’t gain yards in the end zone. So if guy A rushes for 18 TD’s that 18 times his YPC stopped as soon as he crossed the goal line. (That also doesn’t even factor in goal line defenses that he may have faced which has 9 men within a yard of the LOS) While guy B only had that happen twice. Even though guy A is the same guy as guy B their circumstances are quite different which greatly dictates that difference. Both the 2016 Patriots and the 2017 Eagles had/have great QB play.

    2016 NE Brady, Jimmy, Jacoby combined for 32 passing TD’s
    2017 Eagles Wentz, Foles and Sudfeild combined for 38 passing TD’s

    Six over 16 games is not a big disparity. And 3.9 isn’t really a bad ypc. Leonard Fournette avg 3.9 ypc for the season and I think most have a high opinion of him?

  11. “I believe if the Pats can lock up Cooks, Hogan, Dorsett for 4-5 years each & with Edelman & Mitchell gets healthy as well as extending Dola another year the Pats will be sitting pretty on WR….. Don’t want to waste Brady’s final 3-4 years!!!
    Go Pats!!!”

    It’s all Brady, with the exception of Cooks, all of these guys were retreads or unknowns or busts(in the case of Dorsett & his 1st rd pick 2 years ago!). Brady turns these guys into superstars. Ask Amendola how much better his life has gotten since getting with TB. Ask Wes Welker how he was doing before New England.

    IT’S BRADY!!!!!

  12. I believe if the Pats can lock up Cooks, Hogan, Dorsett for 4-5 years each & with Edelman & Mitchell
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    Hogan is already 30. So 4 or 5 years might be pushing it. Eldelman (now 31) unfortunately has chronic foot issues. His career is probably on life support. If we get one more season out of him I’ll be thrilled.

  13. doubleogator says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Should be a great game if the refs just let them play. Far too many penalty flags flying in ALL of the playoff games, just let them play football…

    There were 7 penalties in the NE Jax game, hardly a laundry blizzard. If by let them play football you mean let D backs hold receivers arms down while the ball is in the air then no. That’s confusing letting them play with letting them hold.

  14. streetyson says:
    January 26, 2018 at 8:37 am
    And there were two more uncalled but painfully obvious PIs by Jags D on Cooks, pinning his arms, that should have given the Pats another 70yds and the ball near the red zone twice more.

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    I know really? And notice how after each one there was no squawking or excuse making. The team just shrugged it off and went back to work. Part of the game. Even the fans just shrugged and moved on. I cant help but think of those every time I see guys cherry picking other calls and making baseless accusations on the refs.

  15. Timing and discipline is everything with the Patriots’ passing game. That’s why Amendola is a go to guy in clutch situations. He and Brady are on the same page. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you can see Cooks getting more and more comfortable. Next year their receiver corps could be better than ever with Cooks and Phillip Dorsett providing explosiveness, and everyone else coming back healthy. This dynasty is still going strong.

  16. If I could, I would certainly bet my paycheck on there being 1 or more VERY questionable DPI calls against Philly in this game that gives the Pats a huge gain.

    Seriously ask yourself, if that was a prop bet, would you take it?

  17. footballmaven says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Cooks had a terrible drop in the 4th quarter that could have killed the Pats.And he NEVER makes a catch in traffic.This guy couldn’t carry David Pattern or David Givens’ shoes.
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    I have fond memories of Patten and Givens’ too, and I think it is a shame that a knee injury with the Titans ended Givens’ career prematurely, but there is no question that Cooks is a more dangerous receiver than either one of those two. If Cooks cannot carry the shoes of Patten or Givens it is only because Cooks is too fast for those two to hand him their shoes.

  18. doubleogator says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Should be a great game if the refs just let them play. Far too many penalty flags flying in ALL of the playoff games, just let them play football…
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    false starts, delay of games, illegal shifts, and unnecessary roughness are automatic calls and the games would be ridiculous if those were not called.

    Those were all called on the Jaguars. In addition the Jaguars were flagged for tackling a defensive lineman to the ground in a failed attempt to prevent a QB sack. That penalty was declined. The Jaguars were also flagged when a defender put his hands on Cooks and shoved Cooks out of bounds.

    The patriots were called once for a penalty that actually required some referee judgement. The Patriots were called for holding on a kickoff.

    That is what playoff football looks like when the refs are letting the boys play. The result was that a hoard of idiots then claimed that because there were not enough calls that the game was fixed.

  19. If I could, I would certainly bet my paycheck on there being 1 or more VERY questionable DPI calls against Philly in this game that gives the Pats a huge gain.
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    Get over it – BOTH of the calls made against Jax were obvious PI on the CBs. Ramsey had his arm around Cook’s head and Bouye had both hands on him down the field while moving him out of bounds. Part of a PI call is hindering the WR ability to get to the ball, which is exactly what Bouye did.

    Quit crying, the refs let BOTH sides play close D and only made the obvious calls, which is exactly what fans should want – less flags and the game decided by the players.

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    Just the fact that he can go deep on any play alters the opponent’s defense. He makes them defend the entire field.
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  21. Cooks can run his big mouth all he wants but trash talking doesn’t win games. Plus, the refs won’t be on NE’s side like they were all game last week.

  22. factpurveyor says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:21 am

    The result was that a hoard of idiots then claimed that because there were not enough calls that the game was fixed.

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    Before the games …many of the same idiots had predicted that the NFL was fixing it so that the Vikings would face the Patriots in the superbowl.

  23. With Edelman down, it looks like utter genius to be aggressive and use a 1st rder to get a quality WR like that.

    Cooks was acquired in March, Edelman went down in August. BB is a genius, but not for this scenario.

  24. Pats D and its versatility and depth matches up beautifully with the Eagles offense, in particular, their WRs.

    BB has an answer for it all.

    We’ll see how Foles does against a top flight defense and coach.

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    Foles tore apart the top flight defense of the league. Not to say he’ll necessarily do it again, but should be an interesting match up.

  25. grumpysal says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:24 am
    If I could, I would certainly bet my paycheck on there being 1 or more VERY questionable DPI calls against Philly in this game that gives the Pats a huge gain.
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    Get over it – BOTH of the calls made against Jax were obvious PI on the CBs. Ramsey had his arm around Cook’s head and Bouye had both hands on him down the field while moving him out of bounds. Part of a PI call is hindering the WR ability to get to the ball, which is exactly what Bouye did.

    Quit crying, the refs let BOTH sides play close D and only made the obvious calls, which is exactly what fans should want – less flags and the game decided by the players.

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    Exactly. Ramsey doesn’t even know the rules, nor does Doug Marrone. I cannot believe their pathetic whining. Marrone said “how can you call that during a championship game”?

    What does it matter? If it’s preseason or postseason, PI is PI. You have to turn and play the ball if you’re going to make that kind of contact.

    The arrogance of the cheating, troll fanbases, who want rules changed or altered to cheat the Pats during games.

    Highly comical that the PI rules were a big push by Bill Polian and Peyton Manning who wanted their finesse, crybaby offense to be unfettered like it’s the NBA, and to have flags come out left and right for them, 50 yards downfield, simply because it’s Peyton Manning and he was an entitled 1st overall draft pick.

    And now, trolls and cheating teams DO NOT want the Pats to get similar kinds of calls, even when it’s a blatant penalty.

    Note how no one cares that Gronk was yet again cheap-shotted. No one care. They just want harm to come to the Pats in any capacity.

  26. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:38 am
    Cooks can run his big mouth all he wants but trash talking doesn’t win games.

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    “trash talk”? Really?
    It’s about as vanilla as pre-game talk can go.

  27. “Yeah at least one of those should’ve been on Cooks.”

    Really which one? Is it the one where you apparently think Cooks willingly inserted his neck and head into the defender’s choke hold, or the one where you seem to think he pushed himself out of bounds even though the defender was all over him and forced him out which to be fair, could have been called unsportsmanlike and not PI, but was a blatant penalty either way?

    SMH

  28. Just like slow cooking gumbo. It’s coming together nicely and almost ready to serve. It’s going to be a treat for us Patriots fans winning our 6th SB and lots of tears for the rest of the league.

    #teamofdestiny

  29. charliecharger says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:56 am
    Timing and discipline is everything with the Patriots’ passing game. That’s why Amendola is a go to guy in clutch situations. He and Brady are on the same page. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you can see Cooks getting more and more comfortable. Next year their receiver corps could be better than ever with Cooks and Phillip Dorsett providing explosiveness, and everyone else coming back healthy. This dynasty is still going strong.

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    Thats a good point on Dorsett. His timing was a bit rough out of the box (cooks came from a better coached team) but its been catching up and has looked decent in the more recent games.

    Britt has at least closed his mouth and been working hard. We still dont know if anything will come of that. But its still something I never thought I would see, and if he can get on board with that then the reviever corps will be very nicely rounded out.

  30. doubleogator says:
    January 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Should be a great game if the refs just let them play. Far too many penalty flags flying in ALL of the playoff games, just let them play football…
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    false starts, delay of games, illegal shifts, and unnecessary roughness are automatic calls and the games would be ridiculous if those were not called.

    Those were all called on the Jaguars. In addition the Jaguars were flagged for tackling a defensive lineman to the ground in a failed attempt to prevent a QB sack. That penalty was declined. The Jaguars were also flagged when a defender put his hands on Cooks and shoved Cooks out of bounds.

    The patriots were called once for a penalty that actually required some referee judgement. The Patriots were called for holding on a kickoff.

    That is what playoff football looks like when the refs are letting the boys play. The result was that a hoard of idiots then claimed that because there were not enough calls that the game was fixed.
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    Cooks shoved out of bounds? No way. When your a db your supposed to squeeze the guy out of bounds down the sideline but that was a gift for the patriots. Also don’t forget the special teams holding call on the Titans that pinned them on the 5 which happens at least once a game to every team playing the patriots.

  31. Can any patriot fan remember when a questionable call didn’t go the patriots? Patriot fans have no idea how terrible the refereeing is because they never see the other side of not getting calls. Imagine watching your team score a big play called back on a bogus call. Never happens to New England.

  32. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Can any patriot fan remember when a questionable call didn’t go the patriots? Patriot fans have no idea how terrible the refereeing is because they never see the other side of not getting calls. Imagine watching your team score a big play called back on a bogus call. Never happens to New England.

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    Is this a serious question?

    I mean, how insane are you people? We’ve lost title games with made up calls and apology letters from the NFL after they cheated us.

    We’ve seen picked up flags on maul jobs on Gronk in the end zone in Carolina on national tv on Monday night.

    The 4th and 2 in INdy where Faulk clearly had final possession and forward progress at the 30, but was mysterioualy marked at the 28, where his body happened to end up.

    I could go on for days and days with creepy calls against the Pats that were 100% wrong.

    Even the so called fumble by Dion Lewis on Sunday, was wrong. The ball never left his body or hands, and his left knee was down.

    Even when Goodell is cheating for fans like you, you trolls can’t even see it.

    NE gets big leadsin games and we see flags come out for the opponent like clockwork, almost every week during the season. And, it is always of the subjective variety, so it can’t be proven with what Goodell does.

    For years and years, Goodell gas been doing this. This never, ever happened under the Rozelle or Tagliabue regimes.

    How about the rule change AFTER the Jets game in 2013 in OT, where Blandino was caught posting the rule on PATs/FGs, which was NEW that year, but since the rule only included players on the “second level”, to ALSO now include Defensive Linemen, too.

    But, Blandino was so dumb he didn’t understand BB’s point about the in-line player being totally legal to try to push through the line to block a FG or PAT.

    The refs came to camp in summer of 2013, and only discussed the penalty if it came from the SECOND LEVEL.

    Blandino then posted the rule on NFL.com, people pointed out Chris Jones is a DT, hence the rule does not apply, and then Blandino took it down, they changed the wording, and tried to hide the fact NE lost, but wes completely robbed by Goodell’s cheating.

  33. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Cooks shoved out of bounds? No way. When your a db your supposed to squeeze the guy out of bounds down the sideline
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    Yup…was going to be good defense…until the DB put his hand on Cooks to give the push to make sure that Cooks had no chance to catch the football. The ref had to flag that.

    Biased people who are hopeful that the Patriots will lose are now over looking too hard to find favoritism. It doesn’t exist.

  34. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Can any patriot fan remember when a questionable call didn’t go the patriots? Patriot fans have no idea how terrible the refereeing is because they never see the other side of not getting calls. Imagine watching your team score a big play called back on a bogus call. Never happens to New England.

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    Imagine when fans outside of New England ignore the fact that just as many calls go against the patriots. They would start to make wild claims of favoritism.

    Completions to Gronk are taken back with phantom OPI calls while Gronk is mugged constantly. Try watching the games objectively and you will see calls go both ways.

    The patriots are now playing without their first round draft pick from 2016 and their second round draft pick from 2017 all because the NFL lied about science and then hid the PSI report from the 2015 NFL season to help league parity. That is definitely not favoritism or trying to help the patriots win.

    The league doesn’t do that to help 31 other teams and then turn around and try to help the Patriots win with favorable calls. But karma may have something to do with it.

  35. patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Can any patriot fan remember when a questionable call didn’t go the patriots? Patriot fans have no idea how terrible the refereeing is because they never see the other side of not getting calls. Imagine watching your team score a big play called back on a bogus call. Never happens to New England.
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    There are plenty every game and even some as recently just this past week. Maybe its not about the refs but more just how selective a biased memory can be.

  36. Old alligator arms better man up and start making some tough catches if he wants to build chemistry with Brady. Even Ochocinco was tougher than this guy.

  37. tj.52 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    Old alligator arms better man up and start making some tough catches if he wants to build chemistry with Brady. Even Ochocinco was tougher than this guy.

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    Ochocinco was tougher than a lot of guys. Just not smarter.

  38. I painfully remember NY Giants spoiling a perfect Patiots season in the SB42 when Eli was in grasp and the referee was just about to call it but didn’t…led to the horrendous helmet catch…same one that was similarly called a fumble with the Jags….these are just the most memorable ones…as a fan we remember the calls against our team, but in the end what’s the argument…it’s over…nothing we can do to change it.

  39. “Even Ochocinco was tougher than this guy”

    Lolz toughness doesn’t matter one bit when you’re so stupid you still can’t comprehend the playbook 14 games into the regular season. Brady was still having to tell him where to line up that late in the season.

    Here’s another thing you may want to consider when you try and claim a bust is better than a current player –

    Ochocinco the one year he was with the Pats – 15 games, 15 receptions, 276 yards, 1 TD

    Cooks this season not including playoffs – 16 games, 65 receptions, 1082 yards, 7 TD

    But yeah, Ochostinko was somehow “better” than Cooks.

    Lolz

  40. factpurveyor says:
    January 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    patriotmaleorgy says:
    January 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Cooks shoved out of bounds? No way. When your a db your supposed to squeeze the guy out of bounds down the sideline
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    Yup…was going to be good defense…until the DB put his hand on Cooks to give the push to make sure that Cooks had no chance to catch the football. The ref had to flag that.
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    Exactly, that was a mental mistake by Bouye. He had position and a good chance to block or intercept that ball. He initiated the contact and if he had just settled for hand fighting, I’m sure there would have been no flag. But he put two hands on Cooks and pushed him out of bounds.

  41. cookerduff123 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 10:56 am
    Pats D and its versatility and depth matches up beautifully with the Eagles offense, in particular, their WRs.

    BB has an answer for it all.

    We’ll see how Foles does against a top flight defense and coach.

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    Foles tore apart the top flight defense of the league. Not to say he’ll necessarily do it again, but should be an interesting match up.

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    Why didn’t he “tear up” the Falcons a week before? Or, Oakland. I mean, Philly lost to Oakland at home?

  42. Well, it’s true. It’s difficult for any teams to reach the SB even for those who won them previously. What the Patriots have been doing is mind boggling. The parity concept makes it difficult to sustain supremacy. Hopefully they’ll win again. It will be a toss because the Eagles is really good this year and have beaten good teams.
    Hopefully Cooks will step up just like Amendola did. We know Amendola will be covered scrupulously by the Eagles.

  43. I watched Eagles fans celebrating a road victory this season. The Patriots need to save Minneapolis. Hi you fans will tear it down if they win.

    #PatsMustSaveMinneapolis!

  44. The Patriots in 2014 had 120 penalties tied for 4th MOST in the NFL…beat the seahawks in the superbowl.Thats when they threw the flag at browner for even touching a player…let me guess that when a bad call etc favors your team you immediately call the NFL to complain that the call was wrong and that they should take away the win…hypocrites.

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