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|Randy Moss on Brandin Cooks: "Sky's the limit" -- Fri Aug 21 4:00 pm --|
Second-year WR set to become Drew Brees favorite target
|Randy Moss, a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver who was born and raised in West Virginia, stopped by the New Orleans Saints training camp on Thursday at the Greenbrier resort. He was there to see old friends on the New England Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady, but he also had an interest in watching Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. "With Graham gone, that means a lot more targets are going to be coming his way," Moss said. "Just by looking at his body, it looks like he's ready to take on that challenge. He's a good receiver. I'm not going to call him great. But the sky's the limit. He's in a great offense. He's got a great quarterback in Drew Brees. The sky's the limit for whatever he wants to do in this offense, and I think Sean Payton's going to put him in a position to make plays." (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: As a rookie last season, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards and three TDs last year in just 10 games - only seven of which he was a starter. It's reasonable to believe that he will double those totals over a full 16 game season.
|Cooks, Spiller should be Saints' top targets -- Thu Jul 23 6:45 pm --|
Ex-Bill RB "should catch 60-plus passes"
|Even though the Saints traded away their top two pass-catchers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills), the cupboard is far from bare. Brandin Cooks and C.J. Spiller are the two players who will likely generate the most buzz this summer. Both have dynamic speed, which allows them to bust big plays in the open field. Cooks should emerge as New Orleans’ No. 1 receiver on deep throws and short stuff like screens and end-arounds, while Spiller should catch 60-plus passes out of the backfield in the mold of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Cooks could challenge the 100-catch mark in his second year; he was on an 85-catch pace through 10 games as a rookie last season before a thumb injury derailed his season. It'd be a shocker if Spiller finishes with only 60 receptions, however, since Drew Brees has peppered his running backs with targets for years. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson are not high-volume pass-catchers and Graham is gone, so Spiller could easily push 80 catches if he can stay on the field.
|Cooks to be top receiving threat for Saints -- Tue Jul 21 12:35 pm --|
Opportunity driving Cooks' fantasy value
|With Graham and Stills in Seattle and Miami, respectively, there's little doubt Brandin Cooks will be Drew Brees' top target in the passing game. Asking Cooks to become the team's No. 1 receiving threat so early in his career may not be optimal, but Cooks is more than able to assume the role. (New Orleans Times Picayune)|
FF Today's Take: Cooks posted a 53-550-4 line last season as a rookie before injuring his hand in Week 11. He should finish in the 80-catch range with a ceiling of 100 as a major player in the Saints short-to-intermediate passing game. He gets a value boost in PPR leagues.