New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been spreading the ball around to all of his pass catchers just like he always does.
Through six games in 2017, five Patriots have more than 20 receptions, but one player who has stood out is wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Even though he only has the fourth-most receptions on the team, he is making the most of his opportunities by averaging nearly 20 yards per reception.
Brady is extremely pleased with Cooks’ production, and wants to get him even more involved with the offense.
“I wish I could get him the ball more often,” Brady said, via WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “You watch the tape after the game and go ‘Man, I should’ve worked him on that play, should’ve got it to him on that one, too.’ He just keeps getting more opportunity because of how well he’s doing with the ones he gets. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Brady isn’t the only member of the Patriots who is thrilled with Cooks’ performance. Coach Bill Belichick compared him to former Patriots wide receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss.
The Patriots traded the last pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the New Orleans Saints for Cooks. In his each of his previous two seasons, he had totaled more than 1,100 yards receiving and at least 8 touchdowns.
He has a good chance to improve on those numbers this season.