Posted: 7/05/2020 1:48 am UTC
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks will be QB Deshaun Watson's No. 1 target and lead the team in catches in 2020, in the opinion of Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: His 2019 season was a disaster, but Cooks had topped 1,000 yards in each of the four previous seasons. His concussion issues are a real concern, but if he stays healthy, WR2 production is likely as the Texans try to replace DeAndre Hopkins.
Posted: 6/02/2020 2:19 am UTC
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks' catch rate of 59.2 percent in 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams was the second-lowest mark of his career, and Jared Goff recorded a passer rating of only 83.2 when throwing in his direction. However, Cooks' catch rate in three of his previous four seasons was at least 65.1 percent, and his quarterbacks over that stretch enjoyed a passer rating of 103.2 or better in each of the four years when targeting him.
Posted: 5/01/2020 8:52 pm UTC
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks, who has been traded three times in his six-year career, doesn't view being moved so regularly as a negative. 'I take it as a positive that I'm wanted, and that I'm valued at a high level still,' Cooks said. He said he feels blessed to be able to play with so many different teams and quarterbacks. Cooks also feels he can adjust quickly with new teams. 'Wherever I go, like I tell people, I'm going to ball. So I'm not worried about that,' Cooks added. Cooks said he's healthy. 'As far as the concussions, I'm feeling great and I look forward to playing football,' Cooks said. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Cooks is a tremendous route runner with great speed and is a really good deep-ball player. O'Brien also isn't worried about the concussions. 'Yes, he's had concussions, but he's only missed two games since 2015,' O'Brien said.
Huddle Up: Cooks' 42 receptions and two receiving touchdowns last year were the lowest outputs of his career. Provided the concussion issues are behind him, he should quickly become the Texans top receiver. While talented and bringing plenty of boom, fantasy footballers should target him no higher than a low-end WR2.
Posted: 4/16/2020 11:00 pm UTC
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks' recent concussions aren't expected to be an issue in 2020 or beyond, according to head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien Thursday, April 16. 'Not to get into the details, but we feel really good at where Brandin's at, relative to his health,' O'Brien said. 'We really can't wait to start coaching him.'
Huddle Up: Cooks missed just two games last season with the Los Angeles Rams, his first absences since his 2014 rookie season. He finished with a career-low 42 receptions for just 583 yards and two touchdowns, but he'll have more room to operate at the top of the Texans' pass-catching depth chart. Still just 26 years old, he's a viable target as a low-end WR2.
Posted: 4/14/2020 2:08 am UTC
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks was officially traded to the Houston Texans on Monday, April 13. The Rams received the No. 57 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, while the Texans also received a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in the deal that was agreed to on April 9.
Posted: 4/10/2020 12:28 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks was dealt to the Houston Texans Thursday, April 9, which reportedly left the Rams with a record amount of dead money for one season. The Rams will eat $21.8 million in dead money, which surpassed the $21.12 million the Pittsburgh Steelers owed for WR Antonio Brown's release.
Posted: 4/10/2020 2:08 am UTC
New Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks' trade from the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, April 9, is expected to leave an estimated $21.8 million of dead money on the Rams' salary cap in 2020, surpassing the $21.12 million hit the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019 after trading Antonio Brown for the largest single-year dead money charge ever taken for a player.
Posted: 4/09/2020 11:15 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft were traded to the Houston Texans Thursday, April 9, in exchange for the No. 57 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Moving Cooks, who is coming off his worst statistical season since his 2014 rookie campaign, clears even more room for WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Kupp is the better of the two options and should be targeted as a high-end WR2 in 2020 fantasy drafts. Woods will be a viable WR3.
Posted: 4/09/2020 11:08 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks was traded to the Houston Texans Thursday, April 9, in exchange for the No. 57 pick the 2020 NFL Draft. The Texans also received a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in the deal.
Huddle Up: Cooks dealt with multiple concussions last season, but he was still able to play and start 14 games. He caught 42 of 72 targets for 583 yards and two touchdowns. All figures were his lowest since his 2014 rookie season with the New Orleans Saints. He's the clear No. 1 option in the Texans' offense and the best replacement for the recently-traded DeAndre Hopkins, but he doesn't have anywhere near the same upside. He'll be a risky low-tier WR2 in drafts.
Posted: 3/30/2020 2:29 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks is not on the trading block, according to two sources.
Huddle Up: Cooks had a cryptic tweet Friday that created questions about his status with the Rams. Cooks is a boom-or-bust WR5 in fantasy. He could be worth a WR3, or he could be unrosterable.