Recently, the Los Angeles Rams traded for former New England Patriots’ wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Rams expect Cooks to be their deep threat in 2018, replacing former Rams’ deep threat wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
Brandin Cooks is an explosive, 5-foot-10, 189-pound framed wide receiver (65 passes for 1,082 yards with seven touchdowns in 2017), who clocked in at 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine back in 2014. (I know, speed kills, right?) Over Cooks’ career, he’s been extremely productive and durable. Cooks has appeared in 58 games over his four-year career, starting 47 of those contests; while posting an average of 75.7 receptions for 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns (24 TD’s ranks sixth in the NFL) over the last three seasons.
Rams’ head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff have a new speed toy to play with on offense. And he’s a player that McVay feels will create favorable matchup problems as they attempt to stretch the field deep, while putting pressure on opposing defenses.
On paper, it would seem there’s no stopping Goff to Cooks; deep connection and all.
However, there’s one person that might disagree with that narrative. Maybe, you’ve heard of him? He stands at 6-foot-2, weighs 205 pounds, has speed, size, and range and plays a violent style of football otherwise, known as “Extreme Violence” from his single high safety position. His name is Adrian Colbert, Mr. Aka the “Punisher”.
Cooks will need to keep his head on a swivel (as seen in the video of Cooks getting knocked out of Super Bowl 52) and make a business decision if he’s caught anywhere close to the middle of the field, or in Colbert’s neighborhood. Sorry Mr. Rogers, no pun intended, of course.
Colbert will be licking his chops if Cooks is caught slipping and unaware of his surroundings, when the Rams and 49ers play each other as division rivals in 2018.
Look for Colbert to attempt to inflict pain via a vicious hit on Cooks, while dishing out a high level of punishment as only a true “Punisher” can be expected to do.
If McVay and Goff want to have Cooks on their team long-term it would behoove them to stay away from the man who calls himself the ”Punisher.” To be continued…
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