For three seasons in New Orleans, wide receiver Brandon Cooks helped ignite one of the fastest offenses in the league. With the New England Patriots, he adds an explosive weapon to the NFL’s most diverse attack.
Cooks, going from one Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees to another in Tom Brady, has to consider himself lucky.
“I guess I know how to pick quarterbacks,” said Cooks as he met the New England media via conference call on Wednesday. “To come into the league right away and play with a Hall of Fame quarterback, that’s going to boost your career right away. He helped me learn about the game from an overall standpoint. I’ve followed Tom Brady since I was a kid. To have a chance to play with him is just awesome.”
Cooks came to New England last week, along with a fourth-round pick, for the Patriots’ first- and third-round choices in this year’s draft. He has put together back-to-back huge seasons with the Saints, combining for 162 catches and 2,311 yards over the last two.
He talked Wednesday about being able to move and play different positions in the diverse Patriots offense.
“Things happen in life. I was ecstatic to come play for an organization like New England,” he said. “The whole thing was a blessing. Guys do a bunch of different things here. I’m looking forward to that. I feel like I have to earn (coach Bill Belichick’s) trust first.”
Cooks joins a deep Patriots receiving corps that already includes veterans Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, 2016 free-agent pickup Chris Hogan and promising second-year Malcolm Mitchell, who caught 32 balls as a rookie.