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2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: WR Brandin Cooks ready to fire shots

Could the Rams have something cooking with their newest WR1?

NFL: Los Angeles Rams-OTA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams WR Brandin Cooks can just sip his tea. He has nothing to worry about, after being set for life with a brand new contract.

It has to be a great feeling to have two teams trade for you in as many seasons and both times give up a first-round pick after coming off a 1,000-yard season. An even better feeling has to be getting over $80 million in a contract before even playing a down for your newest team. You want to talk about immediate future security, look no further.

Now, though, he joins a Rams squad looking to take the next step in the postseason. Can he be the guy to take the Rams’ offense, figuratively and literally, over the top?

Roster Battle

Cooks' only battle is the injury bug. That's not to say he has an extensive injury history, because he doesn't, but that is about the only thing that he has to worry about when it comes to getting clock.

Targets might be another issue however. With so many mouths to feed in an offense that has WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp plus TEs Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee, and you can't forgot about RB Todd Gurley who lead the team in receptions in 2017, it may be hard for Cooks to get as many targets as he is used to. However, the flip side of that is with so many weapons he should see a lot of single coverage and could translate into the highest catch rate of his career.


Cooks will obviously serve as a deep threat, but I am also wondering if he will be used for the intermediate routes as well. Last year’s trade for WR Sammy Watkins never crystalized as he struggled to get on the same page with QB Jared Goff. The belief in camp is that Goff and Cooks had an immediate connection and HC Sean McVay has some things cooking for Cooks.

Chances of making the roster (10/10)

There is indeed a zero here, it's in the number ten. Or you can say there's zero chances he goes anywhere, your choice. He’s going to be here for a long time.