|ADP:||Round: 7, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 189 lb.|
|Born:||September 25, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 1 (20)|
Cooks recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 60 yards in Week 7 against the Packers.
Analysis: Cooks finished second on the team in both targets and receptions behind Randall Cobb. After recording 21 targets through his first four games in Houston, Cooks has commanded 30 targets in his past three contests and put together a combined line of 24 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns. While Will Fuller will likely still be the most productive Texans wideout going forward, Cooks has clearly gained a significant role in the offense. He and the team will be on a Week 8 bye, but draw a positive matchup against the Jaguars in week 9.
Cooks caught all nine of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Cooks' one-yard touchdown put the Texans up 36-29 with 1:50 left in regulation, but Houston's offense wouldn't touch the ball again, as the Titans tied the game with four seconds left, then drove it down for the winning touchdown on the first possession of overtime. While his team didn't get the result it was looking for, Cooks enjoyed a second consecutive standout performance, and he now has 21 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. The 27-year-old wide receiver will look to stay hot in Week 7 against the visiting Packers.
Cooks recorded eight receptions on 12 targets for 161 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: One week after recording no receptions on three targets, Cooks became DeShaun Watson's favorite target. He shredded the Jaguars defense deep, logging five receptions of over 20 yards -- including a 28-yard touchdown reception to clinch the victory. Cooks has been inconsistent through five games with the Texans, gaining 25 yards or fewer on three occasions. He'll look to remain on track in Week 6 against Tennessee.
Cooks failed to catch any of his three targets and had a drop in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Week 4's shutout was the third time in four games Cooks has finished with 23 yards receiving or fewer. Houston's offense is hamstrung by an inconsistent running attack, and the integration of new weapons like Cooks has not gone as planned. Watson told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that the Vikings schemed to eliminate Cooks. "I mean, it was the scheme of Minnesota," Watson said of Cooks' lack of involvement. "They did their part. I did my job of whatever play call was called to execute the reads and find the open guy. Not saying he was open, but by the time I got back to him, either a defender was in his way or he was probably on the back side of the read."
Cooks caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: No Texans pass-catcher was targeted more than five times Sunday, but Cooks still managed to tie Will Fuller with a team-high five targets. However, outside of a 20-yard reception in the first quarter, Cooks was ineffective. He battled a quadriceps injury throughout the practice week and has been on the injury report all season, so perhaps it's holding him back to some degree. Cooks will look to get back on track in Week 4 against the Vikings, who have allowed five total passing touchdowns and an average of 299.3 passing yards per game this year.
Cooks (quadriceps) practiced in full Friday and will be available Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Cooks followed up limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday with an uncapped practice Friday, clearing him to suit up this weekend. Meanwhile, Kenny Stills is listed as questionable after making an appearance on Friday's injury report with an illness that limited his practice reps. If Stills is at all hindered or even out Sunday, his absence could open up a few extra downfield routes for Cooks, who reeled off five catches (on eight targets) for 95 yards this past weekend against a tough Ravens defense.
Cooks (quadriceps) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Cooks has been hampered by a quad injury each of the first three weeks of the season, only to be available for game days. In the Texans' first two contests, he posted a combined seven catches (on 13 targets) for 115 yards. That said, when he logged 90 percent of the snaps on offense this past weekend against the Ravens, Cooks put up a healthy 5-95-0 line on eight targets. He'll aim to have similar success this weekend against a Steelers defense that has given up 13.7 YPC to wide receivers in 2020.
Cooks (quadriceps) was a Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Limited work in practice has become the norm for Cooks, who is still trying to shake off the quad injury that's bothered him since training camp. The quad issue hasn't stopped Cooks from playing both of the Texans' games to date, and he took an encouraging step forward Week 2 by playing 90 percent of the offensive snaps and finishing with five receptions for 95 yards on eight targets in Houston's loss to Baltimore. Assuming his limitations in practice are precautionary rather than indicative of a setback, Cooks should again be cleared to start and handle a heavy snap load Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Cooks (quadriceps) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: This quadriceps injury has limited Cooks in practice all season, but he was out there come game day in each of Houston's first two contests. There's little reason to expect anything different this week, so look for Houston's leading Week 2 receiver (95 yards) to be out there Sunday against the Steelers, barring any new developments in practice this week.
Cooks caught five of eight targets for 95 yards in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.
Analysis: One of the bright spots of Houston's second consecutive loss was seeing quarterback Deshaun Watson and Cooks establish a rhythm. Cooks had just two catches for 20 yards in Week 1 when the receiver dealt with a quadriceps injury. He became the top man at wide receiver for a stretch when Will Fuller left with a hamstring injury. Fuller eventually returned, but did not have a target, which is notable. Cooks and Watson will continue their rapport Week 3 on the road against the Steelers, who have a 78.9 defensive quarterback rating.
Cooks (quadriceps) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: The speedy wideout played through his quad injury back on Sept. 10 in the Texans' Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. In the process, Cooks was on the field for 31 out of the Texans' 59 snaps on offense, en route to catching two of his five targets for 20 yards. With his injury having had some extra time to mend, Cooks seems likely to see more snaps in Week 2, albeit while up against a Baltimore defense that was dominant in last weekend's 38-6 win over Cleveland.
Cooks (quadriceps) is expected to play Sunday against Baltimore, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old received the questionable tag after practicing as a limited participant all week, and he should be suited up for Sunday's contest. Cooks played through the quad injury in the season opener and caught two of five targets for 20 yards while playing about half of Houston's offensive snaps, but he appears to be in better shape entering Week 2.
Cooks (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Analysis: For the second week in a row, Cooks appeared on the Texans' injury report, but he got in far more work, putting in limited sessions Wednesday through Friday. With a similar designation for Week 2, he seems to have a better chance to suit up after opening the season with two catches (on five targets) for 20 yards versus the Chiefs. Assuming he's active this weekend, Cooks likely will slot in as Houston's No. 3 wide receiver behind Will Fuller and Randall Cobb and ahead of Kenny Stills and DeAndre Carter.
Cooks (quadriceps) remained limited at practice Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cooks played through his quad injury in Week 1's loss to the Chiefs back on Sept. 10, and with no reported setbacks since then, we'd expect the fleet wideout to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. It is possible, however, that Cooks approaches the contest officially listed as questionable.
Cooks (quadriceps) logged a limited practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Cooks headed into this past Thursday's season opener against the Chiefs listed as questionable, but he suited up and started, en route to catching two of his five targets for 20 yards, while seeing action on 31 of Houston's snaps on offense. With some added recovery time since then and a practice (albeit limited) to start his preparation for Sunday's game against the Ravens, it looks like Cooks will be able to give it a go again in Week 2 against a Baltimore defense that was dominant in Week 1's 38-6 win over Cleveland.
Cooks (quadriceps) is participating in Monday's practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Cooks continues to nurse the quad injury that's hindered him since training camp. The 26-year-old managed to play through the issue during Week 1's loss to the Chiefs, but he looked less than 100 percent and was held to just two catches (20 yards) on five targets. Cooks will work to ramp up his practice activity leading up to Sunday's tilt against the Ravens.
Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that the health of Cooks (quadriceps) is "on the upswing," Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Analysis: Cooks managed to play through his quad injury during Thursday's season-opening loss to the Chiefs, though he was limited to a modest two catches for 20 yards on five targets. The veteran receiver looks in line to increase his practice workload leading up to Sunday's tilt against the Ravens, but fantasy managers may have difficulty trusting Cooks in a tough defensive matchup unless he's able to fully shed his injury. To look on the bright side of Cooks' lackluster Houston debut, it's encouraging that Deshaun Watson was willing to look his way often, despite limited offseason opportunities to build chemistry and the wideout being hampered.
Cooks (quadriceps) secured two of five targets for 20 yards in the Texans' 34-20 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.
Analysis: The offseason acquisition ended up making a modest impact in his Texans debut, although he did finish second on the team in targets to Will Fuller. Likely working against Cooks in his Texans debut was both the quadriceps injury that had him carrying a questionable tag into the day, as well as the limited opportunities he's had thus far to build chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Fantasy managers can at least take solace in the fact Watson didn't hesitate to look Cooks' way a fair amount of times right from their first game together. The veteran receiver will now also have some valuable extra time to address both his recovering leg and synergy with his signal caller before a Week 2 home matchup against the Ravens on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Cooks (quadriceps) is active for Thursday's game at Kansas City.
Analysis: Cooks entered Week 1 prep with a quad injury that wasn't disclosed until Monday. He proceeded to follow an LP/DNP/LP practice regimen and received a questionable tag for Thursday's season opener, when he tested his quad prior to the game (per Aaron Reiss of The Athletic) and got the all-clear to play. Cooks may have some limitations, and as a result some of his usual reps may filter to Kenny Stills or Randall Cobb.
There's "optimism" that Cooks (quad) will be able to play Thursday night against Kansas City, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: If that's the case, it remains to be seen how close to a full workload Cooks will be ready to handle, but if he does suit up he'll be part of a revamped Houston wideout corps that's moving on from DeAndre Hopkins, who logged 150 targets with the team in 2019. Also in the mix for looks on that front are Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills.
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