Saints look forward to seeing — and hope to slow down — Patriots’ Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints News

Saints look forward to seeing — and hope to slow down — Patriots’ Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints News

When the New Orleans Saints drafted Brandin Cooks with the 20th overall pick in 2014, he was supposed to be a prominent figure in the offense for many years.

That proved to be the case for much of his first three seasons. In just 10 games as a rookie, Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards, including an electric NFL debut with seven catches for 77 yards, an 18-yard rush and a touchdown. In 2015 and 2016, Cooks eclipsed 1,100 receiving yards each year and caught 17 total touchdowns.

So, even though there were rumblings about Cooks being unhappy with his role, it was still surprising to see the Saints trade him to the New England Patriots in March. Now, after three years of stretching the field for Drew Brees, Cooks is doing so for Tom Brady.

“I just love the time I’ve had with him,” Brady said on a teleconference Wednesday. “He’s been so much fun to play with and to work with. He’s got great talent, but he’s even a better person and he’s young, he’s professional, he’s diligent, he’s very competitive. I just have nothing but great things to say about him.”

Cooks’ former teammates in New Orleans offered praise, too, in advance of Sunday’s game between the Saints and Patriots at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Although Cooks wasn’t leading the NFL in any receiving marks, his impact on the offense — and opposing defenses — was monumental. With his incredible speed, Cooks regularly either made plays or created opportunities for his teammates, and he’ll surely continue to do that with the Patriots.

In his debut for New England, Cooks had three catches for 88 yards, including a 54-yard reception.

“Obviously, he was a…

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