Three seasons, three different teams.
What connects the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and the Los Angeles Rams altogether? Brandin Cooks.
The fifth-year player out of Oregon State has ties to each of these teams. On Sunday, Jan. 20, Cooks and the Rams took down the team that originally drafted him in 2014 (New Orleans) 26-23 in overtime to claim the NFC Championship. Next up, Cooks will get the chance to dethrone his former team, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
The underlying message here? Cooks has balled out with each of these teams recording 1,000 yard seasons for each of them.
Brandin Cooks' Revenge Tour 🤔— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 22, 2019
He owns two 1,000-yard seasons with the Saints, knocked them out the postseason
Spent a season with the Patriots where he added another 1,000-yard season
Can he take out the Patriots next? pic.twitter.com/HzgmIl9UjQ
The former first-rounder (pick No. 20) in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Oregon State started his career in New Orleans for three seasons before being traded to New England in 2017. During his Super Bowl run with the Patriots last season, Cooks was unfortunately knocked out of the game after taking a big hit from Philadelphia Eagles DB Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl and Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
His rookie year was the only season that Cooks did not record a 1,000+ yard season for his team. So why trade Cooks away? The numbers speak for themselves. Well, the Patriots may have been skeptical following the hit Cooks took in Super Bowl LII. Cooks joins an elite party of three along with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown as the only receivers to record 1,000+ yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the last three seasons.
Super Bowl LIII isn’t just another game for Cooks. It is his chance to prove that he is one of the best and shoudn't be up for trade.
Rams head coach Sean McVay sees a bright future with Cooks in L.A and has no intention of dealing him away.
In an interview on Tuesday, McVay says, "Everybody that's been around Brandin you can't talk enough about the production. This is a special human being. The way he goes about his business. Guys like him are why you love coaching. ... I could go on and on about what he's done for this football team. He's been instrumental in us getting here. Love that guy and you can't say enough good things about Brandin Cooks. I can promise you this: We're not trading him."
This season with the Rams, Cooks recorded 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns.
Super Bowl LIII will kickoff at 3:30 PM (PT) on Sunday, Feb. 3rd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.