Houston Texans 2021 player profile: WR Brandin Cooks

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Brandin Cooks has always been one of the most underrated players in the league since entering the NFL in 2014 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. As Cooks prepares for his second campaign with the Houston Texans, the former Saint could have another year where his talents go unnoticed.

Here is a look into what to expect from Cooks ahead of the Texans’ 2021 season.

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Position: Wide Receiver Age: 27 Height: 5-10 Weight: 183 lbs Hometown: Stockton, CA. High School: Lincoln (CA) College: Oregon State Draft: 2014, 1st round, No. 20th overall Acquired: Via trade in 2020 with the Los Angeles Rams

Profile

Cooks had one of the best seasons of his career in 2020. For the fifth time in his seven-year career, Cooks caught for over 1,000 receiving yards (1,150 yds) while recording a team-best 81 receptions. The Oregon State prodigy was without a doubt the Texans' most reliable wideout last season, but that was with Deshaun Watson behind center for all 15 games played.  For the first time in his career, Cooks will be catching passes from a quarterback who is not in consideration among the most skilled at their position. Playing alongside an inferior talent at QB should not hinder his on-field production, but Cooks' 2021 season will inevitably end without the deserved recognition — again.  Barring any significant injuries, he will likely lead the Texans in both receiving yards and receptions. Plus, Cooks' leadership qualities will become a pillar for success to the Texans' young receivers Nico Collins and Isaiah Coulter.  The biggest question surrounding Cooks this year is whether or not he will remain a Texan throughout the season. With the Texans entering the prelude of a rebuild, there is a possibility Nick Caserio could move Cooks in an attempt to get assets back to acceleration the process.
Cooks had one of the best seasons of his career in 2020. For the fifth time in his seven-year career, Cooks caught for over 1,000 receiving yards (1,150 yds) while recording a team-best 81 receptions. The Oregon State prodigy was without a doubt the Texans' most reliable wideout last season, but that was with Deshaun Watson behind center for all 15 games played. For the first time in his career, Cooks will be catching passes from a quarterback who is not in consideration among the most skilled at their position. Playing alongside an inferior talent at QB should not hinder his on-field production, but Cooks' 2021 season will inevitably end without the deserved recognition — again. Barring any significant injuries, he will likely lead the Texans in both receiving yards and receptions. Plus, Cooks' leadership qualities will become a pillar for success to the Texans' young receivers Nico Collins and Isaiah Coulter. The biggest question surrounding Cooks this year is whether or not he will remain a Texan throughout the season. With the Texans entering the prelude of a rebuild, there is a possibility Nick Caserio could move Cooks in an attempt to get assets back to acceleration the process.

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Cooks had one of the best seasons of his career in 2020. For the fifth time in his seven-year career, Cooks caught for over 1,000 receiving yards (1,150 yds) while recording a team-best 81 receptions. The Oregon State prodigy was without a doubt the Texans' most reliable wideout last season, but that was with Deshaun Watson behind center for all 15 games played. For the first time in his career, Cooks will be catching passes from a quarterback who is not in consideration among the most skilled at their position. Playing alongside an inferior talent at QB should not hinder his on-field production, but Cooks' 2021 season will inevitably end without the deserved recognition — again. Barring any significant injuries, he will likely lead the Texans in both receiving yards and receptions. Plus, Cooks' leadership qualities will become a pillar for success to the Texans' young receivers Nico Collins and Isaiah Coulter. The biggest question surrounding Cooks this year is whether or not he will remain a Texan throughout the season. With the Texans entering the prelude of a rebuild, there is a possibility Nick Caserio could move Cooks in an attempt to get assets back to acceleration the process.

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