Brandin Cooks traded to Rams

Rams Brandin Cooks

For the second-straight season, wide receiver Brandin Cooks is on the move.

Earlier this week the New England Patriots shipped the 24-year old Oregon State product west to the Los Angeles Rams. This is also the second off season the Rams have traded for a receiver with an expiring contract after losing Sammy Watkins to Kansas City in free agency. The Rams hope to sign Cooks to an extension before Week 1.

Cooks regressed slightly in the Patriots offense catching 11 fewer passes for just over 90 fewer yards and one fewer score than the previous season in New Orleans.

This is a good fit for Cooks, leaving the northeast and joining a young, up and coming offense with a young coach. However, it is likely he could see another drop in his production, stepping into Watkins role, taking the top off of defenses.

Watkins caught just 39 passes for 593 yards but did have eight scores. Eight scores will excite Cooks owners, however, under 40 catches and 600 yards will be quiet the disappointment.

I do not expect Cooks to post those kinds of numbers, however, I would not be surprised if that is the case in a dink and dunk offense.

Rams Robert Woods

AP Photo – Jae C. Hong

Robert Woods will line up on the outside as he did last season, having a career year, catching 56 passes for 781 yards and five touchdowns. Woods broke out in Week 3 for 106 yards but his big game was against an injured Texans defense when he had 8 catches for 171 yards and a pair of scores.

Cooper Kupp, the slot receiver in Los Angeles shouldn’t see his production slip much with the addition of Cooks.

All three receivers should end up as WR2’s, however, I am very low on Robert Woods and could see him as a WR3 or flex option this season, maybe lower. I just feel like a lot of his success came from fluky plays over the middle or down the field.

2017 Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley was the Rams top option in the offense last year and also won’t be hurt by Cooks, as much of his damage was on screens and quick outs.

As of today, Gurley is my RB2, behind just LeVeon Bell, however, I would not be surprised to see the likes of Ezekial Elliot and David Johnson sneak in front of him in the long run.

The offense could change slightly with the addition of Cooks, who I believe to have more talent than Watkins. The fact that Cooks has played with the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees could also help the maturation of Jared Goff in the long run.

If Cooks is able to help the Goff and the offense progress, Goff could take a big step, moving from QB12 last season, solidly into the top-10 ahead of guys like Philip Rivers and Alex Smith. Though he is the signal caller on a run-first offense, Goff has the weapons to be solidly in the QB1 conversation.

 

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