According to nola.com, Saints QB Drew Brees had this to say about rookie WR Brandin Cooks: “Feed me, feed me information. He absorbs it very quickly and goes out and applies it. I’d say that’s pretty rare for a young guy.”
SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has all kinds of “home run” upside, even as a rookie. Occasionally rookie wide receivers come along and post 1,000-yard seasons during their first campaigns. Well, if anyone can do that, it’s Cooks, who arguably has one of the best situations any rookie could ask for (pulling in passes from Drew Brees, and having defensive attention on Jimmy Graham, who is 80/1,200/12+ capable). Any receiver in this situation would have rookie upside, but when you mix in Cooks’ skill set with that Saints air attack, the sky is the limit, and this is especially the case entering his second NFL season. Looking for 2014 Brandin Cooks Fantasy Football Projections?
According to ESPN, teammates of Saints WR Brandin Cooks claim that the rookie is playing at a different speed than everyone else when on the field.
SMITTY: His teammates have also nicknamed him “lightning”. Brandin Cooks and Jordan Matthews are in a competition to be this year’s Keenan Allen. Both receivers have been drafted into high-octane passing attacks and both should have enough targets to feed a five-year veteran. These two will absolutely have a shot at Rookie of the Year honors in 2014.
According to Jimmy Graham on Twitter, the Saints and Jimmy Graham have agreed upon a contract extension. “It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support,” Graham tweeted.
SMITTY: The deal reportedly makes Jimmy Graham the highest paid tight end in the league. The deal is said to be a four-year deal worth $40 million (with $21 million guaranteed). Graham had his best season as a pro in 2014, dropping 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and 16TDs. While it’s hard to imagine even Graham duplicating such a season, we wouldn’t bet against the “receiving” talent. Our Draft Analyzer has Graham dominating all other tight ends entering 2014, and it has him scoring like a top 8 wide receiver.
According to Ian Rapoport on Twitter, Saints TE Jimmy Graham has been ruled a tight end for franchise designation purposes.
SMITTY: Jimmy Graham was used as a wide receiver well over 60% of the time in 2013, but will be paid just over $7 million on his one-year deal vs. what could have been over $12 million had he been ruled a wide receiver. Expect Graham to once again lead all tight ends in fantasy scoring – He remains a top 12 overall fantasy player walking into 2014 and beyond. Looking for 2014 fantasy football projections for Graham and others?
According to Gil Brandt on Twitter, Saints WR Brandin Cooks is expected to “spend two weeks in SD working out” with Drew Brees.
SMITTY: Brandin Cooks has already been nicknamed “lightning” by cornerback Keenan Lewis. Cooks was our No. 2-ranked rookie receiver back in February, and Mike Evans barely passed him heading into the month of April, so we’ve been talking this receiver up since the start of the 2014 fantasy football off-season. You won’t find many sites higher on Cooks than we are. Drew Brees has already identified Cooks as the main replacement for Darren Sproles, so expect to see Cooks all over the field right out of the gate! He is an early favorite for Rookie of the Year, and for good reason. It wouldn’t be shocking if he pulled in 6-8TDs as a rookie. Checkout his 2014 Projections right here (based on your very own scoring).