Brandin Cooks feeling fresh, ready to be a bigger part of Patriots offense

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The Patriots are obviously going to have to adjust after the injury to wide receiver Julian Edelman, but newcomer Brandin Cooks already figured to be a big part of their offensive plan.

Acquired in a trade with the Saints this offseason, Cooks said the job got tougher without Edelman (who suffered a torn ACL in their most recent preseason game), but he knew he was walking into an environment where adaptability was key.

“Very unfortunate, a guy like that; a warrior who works so hard,” Cooks said of Edelman, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “At the same time, we know we have to get ready, to keep the wheels turning and do what we have to do to make up for that.”

At least Cooks has fresh wheels. The 23-year-old joked that he still felt fresh after training camp, saying: I feel like I’m playing Pop Warner again, just running around, having fun.”

That’s made an impression on the not-easy-to-impress Bill Belichick.

“Brandin’s in good condition, been out there every day, works hard, runs hard,” Belichick said. “So he looks good.”

Cooks is also learning, like other players have come to realize, that the Patriots system has different demands than others.

“It’s like school,” Cooks said. “If you pay attention, you’ll get good grades. You’ll get the answers right.”

Of course, the questions changed with the loss of one of Tom Brady‘s most trusted targets, but after giving up a first-round pick to get him, they’re hoping Cooks can alleviate some of the pressure himself.

21 responses to “Brandin Cooks feeling fresh, ready to be a bigger part of Patriots offense

  1. The question isn’t what are they going to do now that Edelman’s gone down. It’s what will they do if they lose another one or two of their receivers. A receiving corps of Cooks, Hogan, Amendola and Mitchell, with Gronkowski and Allen at TE, and Lewis and White and Burkhead and Gillislee in the backfield, with Brady at the helm, is a fearsome offense. As good as Edelman is, they’ll still lead the AFC in points scored, or close to it.

    Until and unless some of those other weapons join him on the shelf. The loss of Edelman doesn’t significantly weaken the offense – they’re only going to get so many plays per game and there are only so many balls to go around. But does increase the likelihood of, somewhere down the road, another injury making a bigger impact than it would if he were healthy.

  2. Cooks is good but he will disappoint those that think the Patriots scored a Randy Moss type talent. The Saints know what they let go of. And their offensive players usually don’t thrive away from Brees.

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    As if losing their top receiver and Brady’s personal security blanket wasn’t enough. Now Patriots fans have 17 more weeks of sweating it out and hoping that another WR doesn’t go down. Teams don’t keep a lot of WRs on the roster. Some are like Matthew Slater and are more special teamers.
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  4. It’s not just the very complicated playbook (which Dwayne Allen called “extremely hard” and Ochocinco spent a whole year failing to grasp), it’s the uber-conditioning – hence why Reggie Wayne quickly left, saying the Pats “work environment was tough” and “not fun,” and why Pats looked fresh in SB51’s OT while Falcons were exhausted. Then there’s Belichick’s ultra-strict behavior rules.

    Basically on other teams you can play at football, work at asocial media and continually try out for TMZ, whereas on the Pats you’re required to be a quiet, hard-working pro-athlete and classroom-analyst who is considered a failure if the Pats don’t at least reach the AFCCG for their 12th time in the last 16yrs…

  5. 6ball says:
    August 29, 2017 at 8:44 am
    As if losing their top receiver and Brady’s personal security blanket wasn’t enough. Now Patriots fans have 17 more weeks of sweating it out and hoping that another WR doesn’t go down. Teams don’t keep a lot of WRs on the roster. Some are like Matthew Slater and are more special teamers.
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    There’s not just Brandin Cooks – there’s Chris Hogan and Amendola, and Malcolm Mitchell’s knee is temporary, and there’s good looking rookie Austin Carr. Those five would equal the same number of WRs the Pats started last Sept with – and zippy utility backs White and Lewis can man slot too. And Pats now have both a healthy, legit two-TE set and healthy backfield for the first time in years too, and a decent backup QB. Don’t worry, weapons aplenty.

  6. With all the cuts coming soon it will be tough, as a Pats fan, to see some quality players go….. You know other teams are salivating just waiting to pounce on them…..waivers is gonna be a nightmare waiting to see who clears & whom the Pats can retain for their practice squad……
    My guess is DJ Foster is gone & Maybe even Devin Lucian….( & I really like his potential)…. Hopefully Carr & Hollister ( TE ) make the team….. Dola, & Jules aren’t getting any younger & the Pats need to hold on to fresh young talent like those guys……the Pats organization is always looking to the future, sooooooooo
    In BB I trust!!!
    Go Pats!!!!!

  7. The long and short of it is Cooks will definitely see more snaps and targets than he would have with Edelman in there. That doesn’t equate to him taking Edelman’s place in the pecking order though. Brady has tremendous chemistry with Edelman, he looked almost as comfortable with White down the stretch and through the playoffs. Things look to have really clicked into place for White and it shouldn’t be surprising if he operates out of the slot quite a bit. Look for a good year from Cooks but expect a very good one from White.

  8. 6ball says:
    August 29, 2017 at 8:44 am
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    As if losing their top receiver and Brady’s personal security blanket wasn’t enough. Now Patriots fans have 17 more weeks of sweating it out and hoping that another WR doesn’t go down. Teams don’t keep a lot of WRs on the roster. Some are like Matthew Slater and are more special teamers.
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    Um, isn’t that literally every single team in the league.

    No team had a deeper crop of WRs in camp than the Pats. It’s now a question if Carr or Lucien makes it, and which one goes to the PS, and which one will be poached by another team.

    In 2 WR sets, not even using a slot WR, with 1 TE and 2 RBs, the WR bench is this:

    Mitchell, Amendola, Carr (or Lucien)

    If you had 2 quality WRs coming off the bench, any NFL team would jump at the chance of having that.

    The problem you and others are having is not realizing how deep the RB group is and how all of them can catch well, the worst being Gillislee.

    If you draw in another LB away from potentially choosing to double Gronk, up towards the line of scrimmage, it’s pick your poison for Brady. Delay draws, checkdowns into the flat, etc. Brady’s new “security blanket” is his RBs.

    Also, the fact McDaniels is not forced to sub the RBs back on and off based on the play and skill set, is the big gamechanger for this offense. No more tipping the play to the defense with 2 back sets, with one RB being able to run in between the tackles (and outside) and the other, a true scatback type.

    Coordinators will be up all night long trying to figure out what to do vs this personnel, even without Edelman at the Z.

  9. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 29, 2017 at 9:28 am
    The long and short of it is Cooks will definitely see more snaps and targets than he would have with Edelman in there. That doesn’t equate to him taking Edelman’s place in the pecking order though. Brady has tremendous chemistry with Edelman, he looked almost as comfortable with White down the stretch and through the playoffs. Things look to have really clicked into place for White and it shouldn’t be surprising if he operates out of the slot quite a bit. Look for a good year from Cooks but expect a very good one from White.

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    Yep. You don’t need a slot WR in this offense. You also don’t need to sub 2 RBs off the field, if ever on a drive, if you don’t want to.

    That no huddle look the other night vs Detroit can literally be run on every drive, every week, if they wanted to.

    Think about that.

    One big reason why BB asked Amendola to take a cut was for this reason.

    BB will use less pure slot WR work from Amendola (and Edelman) than at any time in the last 10 years.

    But, moving White or Lewis in motion or starting in the slot, rotating back and forth from lining up in the backfield next to Gillislee or Burkhead, will be the key.

  10. The Patriots are not built around one player. They are not the Colts. They don’t quite because the going got tough. Excuses are for losers to justify to themselves why they lost.

    You’ll never hear BB making excuses. You may very well hear him accept responsibility but never an excuse.

  11. On a normal day:

    BB is 2 steps ahead of his fellow coaches and GMs
    3 steps ahead of the press
    4 steps ahead of the denizens of the peanut gallery, and that includes me and I’ve got a reserved seat I’ve been there for so long!!

    That works for me.

  12. “The Saints know what they let go of. And their offensive players usually don’t thrive away from Brees.”

    One, the Pats know what they got quite clearly. Two, receivers that leave the Saints haven’t previously gone to a team where they had Tom Brady throwing to them.

    If Cooks stays healthy I expect him to have even bigger numbers than he did for the Saints.

  13. The Patriots and Brady destroyed the Lions in the first quarter without Edelman with basic play calling. I think they’ll do just fine without him.

  14. orndorf2 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 8:01 am
    Cooks is good but he will disappoint those that think the Patriots scored a Randy Moss type talent. The Saints know what they let go of. And their offensive players usually don’t thrive away from Brees.

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    The Saints have no idea what they let go of. They made Cooks stretch the defense for most of his snaps so Brees would have some room to throw. Cooks can play all over the field and has the wheels to do what AB does in Pitt. They totally misused him.

  15. The Saints have no idea what they let go of. They made Cooks stretch the defense for most of his snaps so Brees would have some room to throw. Cooks can play all over the field and has the wheels to do what AB does in Pitt. They totally misused him.

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    Wanna bet? He is NOT any sort of AB! That’s laughable!

  16. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    “The Saints know what they let go of. And their offensive players usually don’t thrive away from Brees.”

    One, the Pats know what they got quite clearly. Two, receivers that leave the Saints haven’t previously gone to a team where they had Tom Brady throwing to them.

    If Cooks stays healthy I expect him to have even bigger numbers than he did for the Saints.

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    Sure because Tom Super Brady throws for more yards than Brees every year, huh? But he doesn’t. So why would he go for bigger numbers? Please help me understand. Lol. Ridiculous.

  17. Cooks is not the best at YAC yards. He looks to go down or out of bounds before getting hit. In other words, not a great team player

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