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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 12:36:07 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks expects to play at a faster pace in his second season in the NFL. Cooks said he's ahead of where he was last offseason from a mental standpoint and feels that he has unfinished business following a shortened rookie season due to a broken thumb.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks is the go-to guy in the Saints offense now with Jimmy Graham out of the picture. He figures to be the No. 1 wide receiver in New Orleans with Marques Colston on the downward trend at this point in his career. Cooks should be drafted as a WR2 with added value in point-per-reception leagues.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:12:19 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks is primed for a breakout year, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Triplett believes Cooks can attain 100 catches or 1,000 yards with TE Jimmy Graham and WR Kenny Stills now out of the picture.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks seems to be the go-to guy in the Saints' prolific passing offense with Graham and Stills out of town and Colston past his prime. Cooks will have plenty of opportunities to break out in 2015 and should see more than his fair share of targets. If he can stay healthy, he has WR2 potential.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:32:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (knee) spent time training together with QB Drew Brees during the offseason in San Diego. "Man, I love everything about him, his makeup, and then just his physical ability. I mean he's got all kinds of talent," Brees said.
Fantasy Tip: With Jimmy Graham having been dealt to Seattle, Cooks will have a prominent role in the offense. He is expected to start alongside Marques Colston, and could very well be the No. 1 receiving option in the offense if he isn't that already. Consider him a top-flight WR2 entering the season, as he makes his way back from a knee injury. He could emerge as a low-end WR1 by season's end for fantasy owners.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:24:14 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will be atop the depth chart with WR Marques Colston to enter the 2015 season.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks could be a big-time breakout candidate after playing in the slot most of his solid rookie season. Look at Cooks as a premium WR3 with WR2 potential.
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:20:52 -0800
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks said he plans to work out with QB Drew Brees this offseason.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks caught at least five passes in eight games this season but only recorded three touchdowns during the season. Cooks could receive a better role in the passing game, so he could be considered a low-end No. 2 wide receiver or a No. 3 with high upside in drafts next season. Cooks probably will have more value in point-per-reception leagues.
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:03:22 -0800
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills has tallied 13 catches for 260 yards and a touchdown in two games since WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) went down with a season-ending thumb injury.
Fantasy Tip: Drew Brees' tendency to spread the wealth makes any receiver for the Saints somewhat of a risk. That being said, Stills ($4,800, 9.6% of cap) has a lot of upside for the price, making him a solid option at FantasyScore in Week 14 when New Orleans takes on a Carolina team ranked in the middle of the pack against the pass.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:29:20 -0800
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) was placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks' absence could breathe new life into Marques Colston, while Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Travaris Cadet figure to see more targets as well. Colston is an especially intriguing play on FantasyScore in Week 12 with an attractively low price of $4,600 in a tasty matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:39:08 -0800
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) underwent thumb surgery Monday, Nov. 17, and could miss four to six weeks.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks probably will not be able to return until late in December, so owners in shallow leagues can consider dropping him. Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Travaris Cadet could receive more targets with Cooks out, which helps their fantasy value. All three players could be at least flex options in Week 12.
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:55:40 -0800
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (thumb) will miss two to four weeks due to a broken thumb.
Fantasy Tip: Kenny Stills is likely to benefit from Cooks' absence. Stills is a good flex option at the right price on FantasyScore. Marques Colston could also work his way back into fantasy viability.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:40:01 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks has been targeted 22 times in just two home games so far this year. He totaled eight catches for 74 yards in Week 3 and nine catches for 56 yards in Week 5. The Saints play their third home game of the season this Sunday night.
Fantasy Tip: It may just be coincidence, but Cooks has been thrown at much more at home than on the road. If Jimmy Graham is limited at all, Cooks could see plenty of action and is will be worth his $5,700 price on FantasyScore.
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:19:05 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston, who didn't catch a pass in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns for the first time in 87 games, wasn't even targeted a single time. The Browns made it their mission to shut the Saints' downfield passing game down, and Cleveland had seven defensive backs on the field at once at times. WR Brandin Cooks was held to just three catches for 17 yards, and the four receivers combined for nine catches for 79 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Colston's fat zero for fantasy owners in Week 2 hurt badly. The good news is he has a good chance of bouncing back in Week 3 at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 18:29:24 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks had seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 7.
Fantasy Tip: There were plenty of fantasy owners and experts loving Cooks in the preseason, and he lived up to the hype for at least one game. Still, after his solid performance, he might be a little overpriced in FantasyScore. There will likely be better values.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:51:16 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Fantasy Tip: Stills could be questionable to play in Week 1, and he might even be a game-time decision Sunday. As a result, he's a risky play in daily games. Marques Colston is a safe bet for solid production, and rookie Brandin Cooks should return nice profit at a cheap price if Stills doesn't suit up.
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:25:15 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (illness) did not play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, due to illness. Cooks took the warmup, and said he could have played if necessary.
Fantasy Tip: This is just a temporary setback for Cooks, and should not change his status on draft day. Look for Cooks to be drafted as a fourth or fifth wide receiver with upside.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:37 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks (illness) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Aug. 21, and he is questionable for the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, according to head coach Sean Payton.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks has assumed many of the duties that Darren Sproles had in New Orleans' offense, and he has the speed to deliver big plays whenever he touches the ball. Consistency could be an issue for a rookie in an offense that tends to spread the wealth, but his upside is tough to ignore, especially in PPR formats. Draft him as a fourth or fifth receiver, but he has a chance to become a viable flex option.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:31:37 -0700
New Orleans Saints OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed) and WR Brandin Cooks (illness) missed practice Tuesday, Aug. 19. Cooks is dealing with a stomach virus, and Grubbs left practice early Monday, Aug. 18, with an unspecified injury.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:35:11 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks already has a play package designed specifically for him, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. Teammate CB Keenan Lewis said to make sure your shoes are tight when covering Cooks and FS Jairus Byrd said he is mature beyond his years.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks has arguably been the most impressive and hyped offensive rookie this offseason. It's still hard to tell where he'll fit in with the likes of TE Jimmy Graham and WR Marques Colston in the mix, but it might be time to start giving Cooks more consideration.
Sun, 03 Aug 2014 08:09:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks has been the star of training camp thus far. He caught six passes in the scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 2.
Fantasy Tip: Cooks is worth a flier near the ends of drafts as a WR5.
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 23:11:56 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks racked up over 100 yards receiving during the team's Black and Gold scrimmage this weekend, impressing some coaches
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:12:35 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks could be in line to replace RB Darren Sproles' production in his rookie season, according to QB Drew Brees. Brees noted that the team was creative with Sproles, using him out of the backfield, splitting him wide and using him on screen passes. Cooks was versatile and extremely productive in 2013 in college, and he's incredibly fast, has good hands and is strong after the catch. "Oh man, I've seen all the highlights, and that gets you excited," Brees said. "I think he can do a lot of things. I think he can play outside receiver. I think I he can play inside in the slot. You can hand him reverses. You can throw him screens. He can return punts."
Fantasy Tip: Remember, Cooks will be in his rookie season. Aside from that, he has big potential in this explosive offense. However, remember that Brees loves to spread the ball around to all his targets. Cooks is a fine late-round target with plenty of upside, but his chances may be few and far between.
Sun, 18 May 2014 23:14:49 -0700
New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks will have three and a half years of his four-year contract fully guaranteed. Financial numbers were not disclosed, but rookie numbers at Cooks' draft position suggest he will receive a signing bonus of approximately $4.417 million and a contract with a total value of about $8.383 million.
Sun, 18 May 2014 14:00:49 -0700
The New Orleans Saints signed first-round pick WR Brandin Cooks to a four-year deal.
Sun, 18 May 2014 12:10:51 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick WR Brandin Cooks to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Thu, 08 May 2014 19:36:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said WR Brandin Cooks is a candidate to return kicks this upcoming season.
Thu, 08 May 2014 19:19:56 -0700
The New Orleans Saints selected Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: Meet the new Darren Sproles-Lance Moore in N'awlins. Cooks is in a fine situation to succeed immediately with Drew Brees feeding him via throws and carries. He's ideally a WR5 for fantasy drafters but worth a reach if there's little left in the sleeper pool.
Wed, 07 May 2014 18:01:40 -0700
The Carolina Panthers might trade up from the No. 28 overall pick to nab either Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks or Southern California WR Marqise Lee. The Miami Dolphins might be a likely trade partner at No. 19, as they will entertain offers to the pick, especially if Notre Dame OT Zack Martin is unavailable.
Wed, 07 May 2014 17:58:01 -0700
The New York Jets are believed to have Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks on their target list for the 2014 NFL Draft, and there is a good chance he will be available with the No. 18 overall pick if the team keeps the selection and does not trade out of the spot.
Wed, 07 May 2014 11:49:23 -0700
An NFL evaluator said Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks' size and playing style remind him of New York Jets WR Jacoby Ford. The evaluator said Cooks has better hands and toughness than Ford.
Mon, 05 May 2014 15:34:37 -0700
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks thinks he is the best receiver in this year's draft class. "I feel like I'm the best receiver in this draft," the former Oregon State star said. "I feel like the only thing knocking me, in some people's eyes, is my height (5-foot-10). Other than that, I've got great routes, I'm versatile and I can do a lot of things some of the guys in this class can't. It only takes one team to believe in me and, whoever that one is, it's getting the No. 1 receiver in this draft." The New York Jets are very interested in him, watching his pro game and visiting with him.
Mon, 05 May 2014 15:26:04 -0700
The San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets are both thinking of trading up for a wide receiver early in the draft. Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham, Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks and Southern California WR Marqise Lee are all potential targets.
Thu, 01 May 2014 13:18:21 -0700
NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock believes as many as six wide receivers will come off the board in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. WRs Sammy Watkins (Clemson), Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Odell Beckham (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State) and Marqise Lee (USC) are the players he has named as potential first-round selections.
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:25:47 -0700
According to a poll of 17 NFL personnel men, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins received 15 votes as the top wide receiver of the 2014 NFL Draft class. He was followed by Texas A&M WR Mike Evans, Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham (he received the other two top votes), Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, Southern California WR Marqise Lee and Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. From a subjective list of the top 14 wide receivers, only Matthews was a senior.
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:53:18 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers have interest in Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks. Both could be available when the team selects in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if they want to take a wide receiver.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:33:32 -0700
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham, Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks and Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard will visit the New York Jets next week.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:32:49 -0700
The New York Jets will visit with Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks Sunday, April 20.
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:25:48 -0700
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said he is receiving interest from the Seattle Seahawks. It is believed Cooks will either visit with the Seahawks or work out for them before the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:51:22 -0700
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said he has received interest from the Carolina Panthers.
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:48:00 -0700
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said he has received interest from the New England Patriots.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:16:23 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles do not have a formal visit scheduled with Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks at this time.
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:13:39 -0700
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said he believes he is the top wide receiver available in the 2014 NFL Draft. "I feel like I'm the best receiver in this class and I'm not just saying that to say it," Cooks said. "I put up numbers that nobody else did this year. At the same time I was facing premier talent. I have respect for the other guys and give credit where credit is due, but I'm able to blow the top off, I'm able to catch underneath routes and take them the distance, but I see myself right up there with those guys, and in that top 5 conversation, top 3."
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:08:10 -0700
The New York Jets have a pre-draft visit scheduled with Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, according to a source.
Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:35:31 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was part of the team's contingent that attended the Pro Days of Southern California WR Marqise Lee and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks. The team had private meetings with both players during their visits.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014 07:13:01 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg attended Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks pro day Friday, March 15.
Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:34:46 -0800
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks took part in all drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he was listed among the top performers in three categories. He posted a time of 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and had a 20-yard shuttle time of 3.81 seconds and a time of 10.72 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle. He also checked in with 16 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, had a 36 inch vertical leap, 10-foot-0 broad jump and a time of 6.76 seconds in the three-cone drill.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:08:42 -0800
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he prefers to play on the outside in the NFL and did not play in the slot in college.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:04:25 -0800
NFL Draft prospect Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks said he would love to play in a West Coast offense and feels he would fit right in because of his background in a pro-style offense in college. Cooks went on to say he loves a staple of the West Coast system -- being able to take a short pass and go the distance.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:02:21 -0800
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks cited his big-play ability as a reason to view him as the best wide receiver prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:01:29 -0800
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks met with the Cincinnati Bengals at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:00:41 -0800
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks met with the New York Jets at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:36:51 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens met with Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks at the NFL Scouting Combine.