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Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Wide Receiver #10
ADP:Round: 5, Pick: 12
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 189 lb.
College:Oregon State
Age:26
Born:September 25, 1993
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 1 (20)
Draft Team:NO

Brandin Cooks: Moving on to Houston

The Rams traded Cooks to the Texans on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In exchange for their 2020 second-round pick (57th overall), Houston will get a 2022 fourth-rounder in addition to Cooks, who has been dealt by each of the previous three employers in his career. In two seasons with the Rams, he totaled 122 catches (on 189 targets) for 1,787 yards and seven touchdowns, including a fourth consecutive 1,000-yard campaign in 2018. He didn't reach that threshold last year, though, due to suffering the fifth known concussion as a pro. Cooks will look to bounce back working with Deshaun Watson and in a receiving corps with plenty of question marks after Will Fuller (sports hernia).

April 9, 2020 4:14 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: May be traded

Cooks is available for trade, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Rams are hoping to trade Cooks and/or Todd Gurley in an effort to save money and free up cap space. Cooks produced four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2015 to 2018, but he dropped off to 583 yards in 14 games in 2019, and his struggles with concussions have been well documented. The 26-year-old receiver is signed to a five-year, $81 million contract, so the Rams won't get much in return if they end up trading Cooks.

March 19, 2020 8:39 AM EST

Brandin Cooks: Fails to top 50 wins again

Cooks caught three of his five targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 31-24 win over Arizona.

Analysis: This was the seventh straight game Cooks was held below 50 receiving yards, and he only topped the arbitrary benchmark three times all season. Additionally, his 42 receptions and two touchdowns were both career-low marks. The Rams offense struggled for stretches of the season, and Cooks also suffered a concussion and missed two games, so the declined production is probably not entirely the result of Cooks' skill or play. However, Los Angeles leaning on its tight ends in the passing attack more in 2019 definitely took a toll on Cooks' numbers, and the wide receiver will likely have difficulty approaching his stat lines from the 2015-2018 seasons next year.

December 30, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Brandin Cooks: Finds end zone in loss

Cooks secured four of six targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' 34-31 loss to the 49ers on Saturday.

Analysis: Cooks' receiving yardage total was underwhelming once again, but his 10-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter salvaged his fantasy line. The speedster hadn't visited the end zone since back in Week 2 versus the Saints, which marked his only other score of the campaign. Cooks has back-to-back four-catch games, and he'll look to finish what has been a disappointing season overall on a strong note against the Cardinals in Week 17.

December 21, 2019 9:29 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Target spike yields little

Cooks caught just four of his eight targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 44-21 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: This was Cooks' largest target total since he received nine looks in Week 4 against Tampa Bay, and while his receiving numbers were still his best since recording four catches for 59 yards against Atlanta in Week 7, these numbers weren't good enough for fantasy owners or the Rams. Cooks entered 2019 as one of the most consistent receivers in the league with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, so there's potential his multiple concussions have hindered his play more than anything. As it stands, and at this stage of the season, he remains a risky start in most fantasy settings.

December 16, 2019 4:41 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Plays just 27 offensive snaps

Cooks didn't catch either of his two targets during Sunday's 28-12 win over Seattle.

Analysis: Cooks' miserable season continued against the Seahawks, and his limited playing time (27 of 70 offensive snaps) is another concern to add to the list. He's been held to just 12 receptions for 162 yards over the past seven games, and even with the Los Angeles offense clicking the past two weeks, it's impossible to count on Cooks in most fantasy formats.

December 9, 2019 11:24 AM EST

Brandin Cooks: Underwhelming season continues

Cooks caught both of his targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona.

Analysis: The sixth-year receiver has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments of the season with just 31 receptions for 458 yards and a lone touchdown through 10 games. Additionally, Cooks is likely to dip below 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2014, and Sunday's poor showing is even more concerning because the Rams scored 34 points against the Cards. Owners in dynasty/keeper formats shouldn't ignore the potential impact Cooks' concussions have had on his play, though, and he's definitely a bounce-back candidate heading into 2020 -- especially if his numbers improve over the final weeks of the season. In yearly settings, it's hard to rely on the big-play threat at this stage of the game.

December 2, 2019 11:37 AM EST

Brandin Cooks: Just two catches in return

Cooks caught two of four targets for 32 yards in Monday night's 45-6 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Cooks returned from his latest concussion, and despite fellow wideout Robert Woods (personal) also re-entering the lineup, the Rams struggled mightily again on offense. For his part, Cooks made a nice sideline grab during the first half, but he finished behind Woods, Cooper Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee in targets on the night. Although Cooks skewered his next opponent, the Cardinals, for a season-high 159 yards in Week 2 last year, Los Angeles' recent form casts uncertainty over his upcoming stock.

November 25, 2019 9:16 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Back from concussion

Cooks (concussion) is listed as active Monday versus the Ravens, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Analysis: Cooks has completed his journey through the concussion protocol and will suit up for the first time since Oct. 27 against the Bengals, ending a two-game absence. Considering he just tended to the fifth known head injury of his playing career, there may be an increased risk for Cooks to pick up yet another concussion. On Monday, though, he'll look to produce against a Baltimore defense that has allowed 178.6 receiving yards per game six touchdowns to wideouts in 10 contests this season.

November 25, 2019 4:01 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Returning Sunday

Coach Sean McVay said Cooks (concussion) will return to action Monday against the Ravens, Stu Jackson of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Cooks practiced in full Thursday, after which he spoke to the media. "I'm just extremely blessed to play this game and to be able to come back out here with the guys and prep for another game," he said. "I don't take that for granted." Cooks has completed his recovery from the fifth known concussion of his playing career -- and second of the campaign -- so there's always the risk that another hit will send him to the sideline. No matter, he'll set that aside and turn his focus to Baltimore, whose defense has contained wide receivers to 7.6 yards per target and six touchdowns in 10 contests this season.

November 21, 2019 5:22 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Jumps to full participation

Cooks (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Cooks seems to have completed his recovery from a concussion, as he spoke Thursday. One condition of the protocol for head injuries is no contact with the media, but he told Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com that it "never went through my mind" when asked if he contemplated retirement after suffering the fifth recorded concussion of his playing career Week 8. The Rams haven't officially announced that Cooks was cleared by an independent neurologist, but his comments along with the uninhibited session Thursday both are signs of full recovery.

November 21, 2019 4:06 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Inching toward return

Cooks (concussion) is on pace to return Monday against the Ravens, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams won't release an injury report until Thursday, so it's unclear if Cooks has completed all five steps of the NFL's protocol for head injuries. After practicing in a limited capacity last week, a full session Thursday will be a great sign for his upcoming availability, but he's still subject to an evaluation of an independent neurologist in order to suit up Week 12.

November 20, 2019 1:13 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Week 12 return possible

Coach Sean McVay expects Cooks (concussion) to return to action next Monday against the Ravens, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cooks has yet to be cleared by an independent neurologist, but with limited practices under his belt last week, he's made some progress through the protocol for head injuries. Until Cooks passes that last step -- and as long as Robert Woods is dealing with a personal issue -- the Rams' receiving corps will be headed by Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds.

November 18, 2019 5:19 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Remains limited Wednesday

Cooks (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.

Analysis: Cooks has logged back-to-back capped sessions, a sign he's progressing through the concussion protocol. Because he's recovering from the fifth known head injury of his playing career, the Rams are treading lightly with his recovery, already ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Bears. Instead, coach Sean McVay is hopeful Cooks is back for a Week 12 showdown with the Ravens. In Cooks' place, the Rams are turning to Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds in 11 personnel.

November 13, 2019 5:25 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Held to 18 receiving yards

Cooks caught all three of his targets for 18 yards and added 14 yards on a pair of carries during Sunday's 20-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: After clearing the concussion protocol on Friday, Cooks was deemed to be fully healthy for this one, although a putrid showing by the offense limited his output in this one. He brought in each ball thrown his way, but Jared Goff struggled to make any plays downfield as he finished with just 78 passing yards. Cooks has struggled to make an impact over the last two games, totaling four catches (on six targets) for 47 yards and adding 41 yards on three carries. He should have his opportunities to get back on track in what could be a high-scoring road matchup with the Falcons next Sunday.

October 13, 2019 6:26 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Ready for Sunday

Cooks (concussion) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Cooks made his way through the concussion protocol and upgraded to full practice participation Friday. The Rams will have all their key wide receivers and tight ends available, but starting running back Todd Gurley (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for the NFC West battle.

October 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Limited again Thursday

Cooks (concussion) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Rams opted to hold a walkthrough and not a true practice due to high winds at team facilities, so Cooks' activity level is an estimate. By maintaining his limited standing, it's difficult to know if he's making progress through the concussion protocol. In the end, Cooks' listing on Friday's injury report doesn't matter as much as gaining clearance from an independent neurologist in advance of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

October 10, 2019 4:30 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Limited in practice Wednesday

Cooks (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cooks suffered a head injury during last Thursday's loss to the Seahawks, for which he was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol. His limited participation in practice to begin the week is a step in the right direction, but it's worth keeping in mind that in order to suit up Week 6 against the undefeated 49ers, Cooks would need to fully clear the league's five-step protocol. His final task will be to receive medical clearance from an independent neurologist. If Cooks were forced to miss any time, the Rams would rely on Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Gerald Everett to lead the aerial attack.

October 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Enters concussion protocol

Coach Sean McVay confirmed Friday that Cooks has been placed in the NFL's concussion protocol, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cooks played 46 snaps and caught one of three targets for a 29-yard gain while also carrying once for 27 yards before he left Thursday's 30-29 loss to the Seahawks with a head injury. Though Cooks need to clear all five steps of the protocol before his availability for the Week 6 matchup with the 49ers is confirmed, McVay noted that the wideout has thus far been asymptomatic. A follow-up note on Cooks' condition should come next Wednesday, when the Rams resume practicing.

October 4, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Brandin Cooks: Being evaluated for concussion

Cooks is being evaluated for a concussion during Thursday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Cooks carried once for 27 yards and secured one-of-three targets for 29 yards before exiting. The injury came on Cooks' lone catch, a difficult grab along the right sideline which caused the receiver to come down hard on his head. Cooks has had head injuries in the past, suffering a concussion last season as a Ram and another notable head injury during Super Bowl LII as a Patriot. Consequently, the Rams' training staff might be cautious in allowing Cooks to return to Thursday's contest. Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and an emerging Gerald Everett will look to spearhead Los Angeles' passing game should Cooks remain out.

October 3, 2019 8:17 PM EST

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