Brandin Cooks

Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10
Houston Texans
Wide Receiver #10
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Brandin Cooks News

Earns two-year extension

The Texans and Cooks agreed to a two-year contract extension Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The move puts to bed rumors that Cooks could be on the move this offseason and locks him in with Houston through the 2024 season. Only 28 years old, he's been a member of four organizations in his eight-year career, going for at least 1,000 yards in six of the last seven seasons and surpassing the 80-catch mark four times during that span. Cooks will continue to serve as the unquestioned No. 1 option for the Texans' passing game moving forward.

Apr 7, 2022 4:16 PM EST


Exits Sunday's game

Cooks was forced out of Sunday's game against the Titans with a knee injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Cooks caught three of his four targets for 26 yards. With Chris Conley (knee) inactive, Nico Collins profiles as Houston's top wideout in Cooks' absence Sunday.

Jan 9, 2022 11:49 AM EST



Leads team in receiving

Cooks (illness) hauled in seven of 11 targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-7 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Cooks returned from a one-game absence on the reserve/COVID-19 list, staying hot after posting two strong fantasy showings in his previous two contests. The veteran accounted for the majority of the receiving unit's statistics, as only one other wideout (Nico Collins) finished with more than one reception. Davis Mills has struggled at times this year, but he has clearly made an effort to get the ball into Cooks' hands, which is what the receiver's fantasy managers like to see heading into the season finale against the Titans.

Jan 2, 2022 5:03 PM EST


Off COVID list

Cooks (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: The Texan's clear-cut top wideout was present for Wednesday's practice and now that he's been activated from the list, Cooks is poised to return to action Sunday against the 49ers. In the process, he should see his share of Week 17 targets from QB Davis Mills.

Dec 29, 2021 2:02 PM EST


Back at practice

Cooks (illness) was present for Wednesday's practice, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The same applies to kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, which sets the stage for the duo, among others, to be officially activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Cooks was unavailable for this past Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers.

Dec 29, 2021 9:44 AM EST



Not activated by Texans

The Texans didn't activate Cooks (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Until Cooks clears COVID protocols, Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Phillip Dorsett are in line to see added opportunities for Houston, with Danny Amendola a candidate to contribute out of the slot and Chris Moore also possibly mixing in. Of that group, Collins has the most upside, though it will presumably take a combined effort to fill in for Cooks (who easily tops the Texans with 119 targets to date) in Week 16.

Dec 25, 2021 2:25 PM EST


Placed on COVID list

Cooks (undisclosed) has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Cooks joins a lengthy list of Texans' players on the list in advance of Sunday's game against the Chargers. If the team's top wideout doesn't clear protocols in advance of the contest, Nico Collins, Chris Conley and Phillip Dorsett would be in line for added Week 16 snaps/targets.

Dec 22, 2021 12:58 PM EST


Stellar showing in win

Cooks brought in seven of 10 targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 30-16 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Cooks led the Texans pass catchers across the board and paid big dividends from a fantasy perspective with 22- and 43-yard touchdown grabs that bookended the scoring for Houston on the afternoon. The speedy veteran leveraged his elite wheels on both scores but particularly on the latter, when he took a screen pass and outraced multiple defenders up the left sideline to the end zone. Cooks has shown very good chemistry with rookie quarterback Davis Mills in the first two games of the latter's latest starting tenure, eclipsing the century mark in each contest. Cooks will have the opportunity to extend that streak to three when Houston hosts the Chargers in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 2:16 PM EST


Triple-digit yardage total in loss

Cooks (back) caught eight of 11 targets for 101 yards in Sunday's 33-13 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Cooks was inches from scoring his fourth touchdown of the season in the second quarter, but his knee came down just short of the goal line. Despite failing to score, Cooks eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the third time this season. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills topped the 300-yard mark, so Cooks' role as Houston's No. 1 wide receiver will make him an appealing Week 15 option against a Jaguars secondary that he burned for a season-high 132 yards in the season opener.

Dec 12, 2021 2:00 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Cooks (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: After logging a full practice Thursday, Cooks was deemed questionable for the contest following a limited session Friday. He'll give it a go Sunday and barring any setbacks should remain a key passing target for the Texans, who will once again be turning to QB Davis Mills, who has taken over starting duties from Tyrod Taylor. Through 12 games to date, Cooks easily tops the team with 65 catches (on 98 targets) for 742 yards and three TDs.

Dec 12, 2021 8:41 AM EST


Added to injury report Friday

Cooks is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after being limited at Friday due to a back issue, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Cooks practiced fully Wednesday and Thursday, but his addition to Houston's Week 14 injury report Friday now makes his status worth tracking. Fortunately for those considering the Texans' top wideout in fantasy lineups, his team kicks off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If he's limited or out versus Seattle, Nico Collins and Chris Conley would be candidates for added targets from QB Davis Mills.

Dec 10, 2021 3:02 PM EST


Catches three passes

Cooks caught three of six targets for 38 yards and rushed once for 16 yards in Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Cooks led the Texans in targets and receiving yards, but he still wasn't very productive on a day quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills split time and managed just 94 passing yards between them. The wideout added a little extra value with his team-long rush, but he'll nonetheless strive for a more successful team and individual performance in Week 14 versus the Seahawks.

Dec 5, 2021 1:25 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Cooks (illness) listed as active for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Good news for the Texans, with Cooks - easily the team's most productive pass catcher this season - available for the context after returning to a limited practice Friday. Through 11 games, Houston's top wideout has logged a 62/704/3 stat line on 92 targets and Cooks should remain QB Tyrod Taylor's top option Sunday against an Indianapolis defense that has allowed 26 passing scores and an average of 244.7 yards in the air through 12 contests.

Dec 5, 2021 8:43 AM EST


Expected to play

Cooks (illness) is expected to play Sunday against the Colts, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Cooks didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday while battling a non-COVID illness, but he returned to practice Friday. He's evidently over the illness enough to take the field Sunday, though the official call on his status won't be made until closer to kickoff.

Dec 4, 2021 9:04 PM EST


Gets questionable tag for Week 13

Cooks (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Cooks is one of six men on the Texans' Week 13 injury report due to an ailment, though none of those players' illnesses are related to COVID-19. Though Cooks may still be working to regain conditioning after sitting out practice sessions Wednesday and Thursday, his ability to return to the field as a limited participant Friday bodes well for his chances of being able to serve as Houston's No. 1 wideout come Sunday. Fantasy managers planning on deploying Cooks in weekly lineups will get official clarity on his status no later than 90 minutes before Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff, when Houston will release its inactive list.

Dec 3, 2021 1:17 PM EST


Back at practice

Cooks (illness) returned to practice Friday, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: After missing the Texans' last two practices with a non-COVID related illness, Cooks was back on the field Friday. The team's upcoming final injury report will clarify whether or not the wideout approaches Sunday's game against the Colts with a Week 13 designation or fully cleared to play.

Dec 3, 2021 10:53 AM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Cooks (illness) didn't practice Thursday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Cooks was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, and his illness hasn't subsided one day later. It's not COVID-related, but the illness could put Cooks' status for Sunday's game against the Colts in jeopardy, though he could alleviate fears of an absence by practicing in some fashion Friday.

Dec 2, 2021 11:06 AM EST


Bothered by illness

Cooks is dealing with an illness and wouldn't have participated Wednesday if the Texans had practiced.

Analysis: Houston's Wednesday injury report is an estimate, with fellow wide receivers Chris Conley (illness) and Danny Amendola (knee) joining Cooks on the non-participant list. Cooks and Conley, at least, should stand a good chance at returning to health before Sunday's game against the Colts.

Dec 1, 2021 2:01 PM EST


Scores third TD of 2021

Cooks caught three of five targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Cooks maintained his concentration and hauled in a 40-yard deep ball in the end zone to give the Texans a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, but Houston's top receiver was quiet outside of that play, and it was all Jets from there. While Cooks' touchdown total now sits at three heading into a Week 13 home matchup against the Colts, he has only 382 receiving yards in his last eight games after mustering 322 through the first three.

Nov 28, 2021 3:44 PM EST


Can't produce against Titans

Cooks recorded two receptions on three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Cooks finished third on the team in targets, though the primary reason for his struggles were likely caused by the Texans' run-heavy offense while playing ahead and rain that caused Tyrod Taylor to struggle to push the ball down the field. As a result, Cooks' only catches went for 10 and eight yards, and the result was his worst production of the campaign. The Texans should have the chance to move the ball effectively against the Jets in Week 12, which will give Cooks a strong opportunity to bounce back.

Nov 21, 2021 3:41 PM EST


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