In the last major splash move that the Los Angeles Rams made this past week saw the team acquire veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. The deal has brought aboard another high-impact player that could foreseeably play a huge factor in the offensive game plan next season.
Through his first four seasons, Cooks has quietly been one of the league’s most productive wide receivers with both the Patriots and New Orleans Saints over that span. According to Myles Simmons of TheRams.com, the 24-year-old is hoping to replicate that same style of play without any noise in the next stop of his NFL career.
“I come and I just go to work,” Cooks said. “I don’t want the glory, I don’t want to fame. I just come in and always my whole life just wanted to do the best that I can do and be the best that I can be to help my team. I’m not looking for anything selfishly, I just want to help my team whatever case I can to be able to win games at the end of the day and do it in a quiet format.
“I love you guys [the media] and I love meeting everyone,” Cooks later added, “but at the end of the day I want to get to work with the fellas and be able to start to build that rapport together leading up to this year.”
Cooks has no desire to be a distraction to the team in any manner on or off the football field. It is a business-like mentality that he has adopted that may have helped him achieve the type of success he has had in the league up to this point.
With this type of mindset already in place, it could see Cooks quickly fit in the mix alongside Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as a primary feature of the passing game. This along with his ability to stretch the field with his speed and big-play ability could lead to another highly productive year while helping the Rams reach the playoffs again and make a deep run toward a Super Bowl.
In his lone campaign with the Patriots, he recorded 65 catches for 1,082 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. This helped join Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown as the only players in the last three straight seasons to notch at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. He is also one of four players to accomplish that feat prior to turning 25 years old joining Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998-2001), Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-16), and John Jefferson (1978-80).