Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) gestures after a catch in the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
4. Brandin Cooks finishes in the Top 5 of the NFL in Receiving Yards
Brandin Cooks enjoyed a breakout season last year, finishing with over 1,100 yards and 9 touchdown receptions.
However, in his words, he “left a lot of meat on the bone”. He has explosive speed and quickness, the only knock in the eyes of pundits that keeps Cooks from being a true “number one” receiver is his size.
Antonio Brown is widely regarded as the best receiver in football and was a consensus number one overall pick in fantasy drafts this season.
He had over 1,800 yards receiving last year and many pundits expect him to make a push to break 2,000 yards in a season for the first time in NFL history.
Aug 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates after a touchdown with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) during the first half of a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Antonio Brown is listed at 5’10”, exactly the same height as the Saints playmaker Brandin Cooks.
Coming into his third season, Cooks has developed a rapport with Drew Brees, and by now Sean Payton understands how teams will try to neutralize Cooks.
A hall of fame quarterback, combined with the offensive mind of Sean Payton, and Cooks’ natural talent will all come together to lead to a special season for the Saints first round pick in 2014.
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