Brandin Cooks

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

Subordinate role in loss

Cooks caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to New England.

Analysis: Cooks experienced season lows in targets, catches and yards Sunday, as the Texans had a more balanced passing attack, although he remains the top dog after five weeks. Cooks' 44 targets leads the team, 28 more than the second most-targeted player, David Johnson.

Oct 11, 2021 6:58 AM EST

Limited by quarterback play

Cooks recorded five receptions on seven seven targets for 47 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Cooks led the team in targets, receptions and yards, though his day was still unproductive due to the complete lack of firepower in the Texans' offense. He also accounted for the team's longest offensive play of the game, which was a 16-yard reception over the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter. Cooks should continue to get plenty of looks in the offense heading into a Week 5 matchup against New England, though his upside will likely remain capped in tougher matchups.

Oct 3, 2021 8:18 PM EST

Excels with rookie QB

Cooks secured nine of 11 targets for 112 yards and rushed once for five yards in the Texans' 24-9 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: The speedy veteran continued the fast start to his season undeterred by the fact he was playing with a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start in Davis Mills. Cooks comfortably paced the Texans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on a night when Mills turned to him often after the two had also connected for a two-yard touchdown in Week 2 against the Browns. Cooks now boasts 23 receptions for 322 yards and Sunday's touchdown grab over three games, and he should therefore be primed for plenty of work in a Week 4 road battle against the Bills irrespective of who's under center.

Sep 23, 2021 8:30 PM EST

Heavy workload in loss

Cooks secured nine of 14 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 31-21 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: No other Texans wideout had more than one catch in the loss, cementing Cooks' status as the clear lead option on the depth chart. The veteran's steady stream of targets notably survived a change under center to rookie Davis Mills after Tyrod Taylor was forced out of the contest with a hamstring injury. Cooks has quickly drawn 21 targets over his first two contests, parlaying them into 14 catches for 210 yards and Sunday's two-yard touchdown connection with Mills. Cooks will look to keep up the strong numbers irrespective of who's under center when the Texans take on the Panthers in a Thursday night Week 3 contest.

Sep 19, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Surpasses century mark in yards

Cooks corralled five of seven targets for 132 yards during Sunday's 37-21 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: After posting 20 catches of 20-plus yards in 2020 -- tied for fifth most in the NFL -- Cooks picked up where he left off with three such grabs Week 1 of this season, only this time with Tyrod Taylor under center instead of Deshaun Watson (coach's decision). Two of those receptions actually went for 40 or more yards (40, 52) en route to 18.9 yards per target. The latter number isn't sustainable for an entire campaign for a player with Cooks' volume, but he's hovered around 10 YPT (9.6, to be precise) over the past five years. He'll look to keep it up next Sunday in a road matchup with the Browns.

Sep 12, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Two grabs Saturday

Cooks caught two of three targets for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: While the veteran wideout's numbers weren't good in his first preseason appearance of the year, there was a somewhat positive takeaway -- Tyrod Taylor got the start at QB for the Texans and completed only two passes during his one quarter of action, but they both went to Cooks. The 27-year-old could struggle to record his sixth career 1,000-yard campaign in 2021 with Taylor under center rather than Deshaun Watson, but Cooks remains the team's most dangerous big-play weapon and any chemistry he can establish with Houston's likely starter at quarterback is a plus.

Aug 22, 2021 4:24 AM EST

Sits out opener

Cooks did not play in Saturday's 26-7 win over Green Bay in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Cooks was one of several skill players to get the night off for the preseason opener. He is expected to the team's top receiver when deployed, although Texans head coach David Culley appears to favor an offense that will rely heavily on the ground attack.

Aug 15, 2021 8:24 AM EST

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

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