Brandin Cooks

Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10
Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10
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Agrees to new deal

Cooks and the Texans have agreed to a contract restructure that frees up $6.5 million in cap space for the team, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cooks previously was scheduled for a $12 million cap hit, which was more than reasonable after he rebounded from a subpar 2019 to record the his fifth 1,000-yard receiving season of his career in 2020. This restructure likely converts most of his 2021 base salary into a bonus, reducing this year's cap charge by pushing some of it to the final two seasons of Cooks' contract (2022, 2023) instead. The Texans apparently intend to keep the veteran wideout, though he might end up playing for a young, overmatched team with a new coach and a new quarterback (TBD). Cook's fantasy value for the upcoming season partially hinges on the Deshaun Watson situation.

Mar 11, 2021 6:56 AM EST

Season-best performance in Week 17

Cooks caught 11 of 16 targets for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-38 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The veteran receiver wrapped up a disappointing campaign for the Texans with his best performance yet in a Houston uniform. Cooks finished 2020 with 1,150 receiving yards, the fifth time in the last six seasons he's topped 1,000, and six TDs. With three years but no guaranteed money remaining on his current contract, the team could easily decide to part ways with Cooks if the new regime decides to clean house, but a return to Houston would put him in position for another very productive season as Deshaun Watson's No. 1 wideout.

Jan 3, 2021 8:02 PM EST

Spectacular effort in loss

Cooks secured seven of 10 targets for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 37-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: Cooks paced the Texans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets in a spectacular effort, one that included his second-best yardage total of the season. The 27-year-old speedster's 25-yard touchdown grab came late in the second quarter and helped knot the score at 10-10, erasing an early deficit for Houston. Cooks now has at least five receptions in five of the last six contests and will look to finish off a successful first season in Houston with a strong showing against the Titans in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Solid in return from injury

Cooks recorded six receptions on seven targets for 59 yards in Week 15 against the Colts.

Analysis: Cooks returned to action after a one-game absence and tied for the team lead in targets. He was efficient in turning those targets into receptions, though he failed to get loose for any big gains. His longest reception of the day went for 16 yards, and he managed only two additional catches for double-digit yardage. Even so, his consistent volume bodes well for future weeks, particularly in a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals.

Dec 20, 2020 5:32 PM EST

Cleared for Week 15

Cooks (neck) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Colts, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Listed as questionable ahead of last week's loss to the Bears, Cooks initially appeared on track to play before his situation took a turn for the worse and the Texans opted to make him inactive. The week off appears to have done Cooks some good, as he practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday and Thursday before taking every rep in the Texans' final Week 15 practice. With his injury no longer a concern, Cooks should rank as the clear top target for quarterback Deshaun Watson in what could be a pass-happy game script for the Texans, who are sizable road underdogs for the divisional matchup.

Dec 18, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Turns in limited practice

Cooks (neck) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Cooks' ability to practice in a limited fashion is a good sign with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Colts, but he may need to upgrade to full activity Friday to avoid carrying a designation into the weekend. While Cooks was sidelined in the Texans' blowout loss to the Bears in Week 14, receivers Keke Coutee, Chad Hansen and Steven Mitchell and tight end Jordan Akins served as the primary options in the passing game for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Cooks would presumably usurp all of those players and step in as Watson's top target if he can gain clearance for the Week 15 contest.

Dec 17, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Practices in limited fashion

Cooks (neck) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for Cooks, who was inactive for this past Sunday's game against the Bears. That said, interim coach Romeo Crennel noted that the team's coaching/training staff will have to see how the wideout does at practice in the coming days before settling on his status for this weekend's game against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. If he's unable to return to action, added snaps would continue to be available for Chad Hansen and Steven Mitchell.

Dec 16, 2020 3:31 PM EST

Could return Week 15

Interim coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Cooks (foot/neck) will be evaluated leading up to Sunday's game in Indianapolis, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official sitereports.

Analysis: Crennel said that Cooks will have a good chance to suit up against the Colts as long as he can resume practicing, so the 27-year-old's status will be warrant close monitoring as the week progresses. Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen would figure to once again handle expanded roles on offense if Cooks were to miss time, especially with Will Fuller (suspension) out and Randall Cobb (toe) not expected to return from IR. On a positive note for Houston, David Johnson (undisclosed) is expected to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list this week.

Dec 14, 2020 9:01 AM EST

Inactive Sunday

Cooks (neck/foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: With Cooks unable to suit up, the depth of the Texans' wideout corps is further challenged in Week 14. In his absence, Keke Coutee (knee) figures to be busy Sunday, while Chad Hansen will once again be in line to see an expanded role in the team's passing attack.

Dec 13, 2020 8:34 AM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Cooks (foot/neck) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Bears, "barring a significant late improvement," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: If Cooks is indeed inactive for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, look for Keke Coutee (knee) and Chad Hansen to serve as the Texans' top wide receiver options in Week 14.

Dec 13, 2020 6:09 AM EST

Set to play Sunday

Cooks (foot/neck), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Bears, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was limited at practice this week due to the foot and neck issues to earn the questionable designation, but it shouldn't affect his availability for Week 14. Houston's receiving corps remains depleted in the absences of Will Fuller (suspension), Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (released), but Cooks and Keke Coutee (knee), who is also considered questionable, are both expected to suit up Sunday at Chicago.

Dec 12, 2020 9:01 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Cooks (foot/neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears after being limited at practice this week.

Analysis: Keke Coutee (knee) is also listed as questionable for the contest, though he practiced fully Thursday and Friday. With the depth of the Texans' receiving corps having been taxed by the suspension of Will Fuller, the release of Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb (toe) remaining on IR, both Cooks and Coutee figure to remain busy this weekend, assuming they're cleared to play in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Dec 11, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Cooks (foot/neck) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Cooks has now logged back-to-back limited sessions while nursing neck and foot issues, leaving him with just one more opportunity to upgrade to full activity ahead of Sunday's game in Chicago. As the most experienced receiver left on Houston's roster, Cooks stands to draw extra attention from the Bears' defense if he's cleared to play. Of course, serving as Deshaun Watson's de facto top option could balance things out.

Dec 10, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Limited at practice

Cooks (foot/neck) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: As was fellow wide receiver Keke Coutee (knee), with the duo's status now worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's game against the Bears. Given the state of the Texans' depleted wideout corps, both players figure to be busy this weekend, assuming they're able to suit up.

Dec 9, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Continues run of consistency

Cooks caught five of eight targets for 65 yards during Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: In the absence of Will Fuller (suspension), Cooks surprisingly finished third on the team in catches and receiving yards while finishing second in targets. He briefly left the game to be checked for a possible concussion but was able to return. Additionally, his status as the team's most experienced wideout drew more attention from a formidable Colts defense, but he still managed to reach the 60-yard mark for the seventh time in his last eight games. In fact, Cooks is averaging 80.8 yards per game during that span and will look to continue his consistent production next Sunday against the Bears.

Dec 6, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Returns to game

After being evaluated for a possible concussion during Sunday's game against the Colts, Cooks was subsequently cleared to return, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Analysis: Good news for the Texans, who can ill-afford any further hits to their wideout depth, in the wake of the team having waived Kenny Stills and Will Fuller recently being handed a six-game suspension.

Dec 6, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Possible concussion

Cooks is being evaluated for a possible concussion during Sunday's game against the Colts, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: With Cooks sidelined, Keke Coutee, Chad Hansen and Steven Mitchell are next in line for the Texans' Week 13 wideout snaps. Prior to his exit from Sunday's game, Cooks caught four of his seven targets for 42 yards.

Dec 6, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Becomes top wideout

The Texans will lean more on Cooks following Will Fuller's six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Houston's depth at wide receiver will be tested without Fuller and Randall Cobb (toe) on injured reserve. At the top of the revamped depth chart is Cooks, who has 52 receptions for 719 yards and three touchdowns. After a slow start with his new team, Cooks has averaged six catches for 83 yards over the last seven games.

Dec 1, 2020 5:16 AM EST

Strong effort in Thanksgiving win

Cooks caught all five of his targets for 85 yards in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Will Fuller was Deshaun Watson's favorite target on the afternoon, but there were still some chunk plays left over for Cooks against a paper-thin Detroit secondary. The much-traveled wideout has caught at least three passes in seven straight games, posting a 42-581-3 line on 57 targets over that stretch, but Cooks could struggle to keep that streak alive in Week 13 against a much tougher Colts defense.

Nov 26, 2020 1:30 PM EST

Leading receiver in win

Cooks secured four of five targets for 85 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Cooks caught what would have been a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but the play was wiped out by a penalty. Despite that bad break, he still led the Texans in receiving yards, narrowly edging out Jordan Akins (83) and Will Fuller (80). Cooks has topped 80 yards in three of his last six games while totaling at least 60 yards five times in that stretch, so he has carved out a prominent role heading into a Thanksgiving Day showdown in Detroit.

Nov 22, 2020 2:36 PM EST

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