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Author: Jon Kuzma
The New England Patriots have always got it done with their trio of system players in Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Chris Hogan. However Bill Belichick knows Tom Brady is getting up there in age (playing wise) and New England’s head coach wanted to ensure that he maximized talent around his aging star to get the most out of what could be Brady’s last season. Belichick signed Brandin Cooks to bolster the wide receiver group and then he traded a fourth round draft pick for Dwayne Allen and a 6th round pick. Cooks gives the Patriots the best wide receiver talent wise the Patriots have had since Randy Moss. While Cooks isn’t as good as Moss was he still is an exceptional player and should be even better now that he is playing in New England. Cooks has managed to haul in 2,861 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns over the course of his three year career. He has been consistently a big contributor and has went over the 1,000 yards receiving mark the last two seasons. When you actually watch Cooks play one thing that stands out is the guy is faster than everybody else. Brandin Cooks was once a junior olympics sprinter and recorded a 4.33 40 yard dash when he entered the league. That game changing speed is was makes Brandin Cooks such a tough match and the Patriots are hoping to unleash those abilities on the rest of the league. The challenge is going to be getting Cooks acclimated to a new system and an offense that involves an overwhelming amount of discipline. The Patriots are the most detail orientated team in the whole league and they put such an emphasis on execution. If Cooks can gel with Tom Brady’s method of doing things, there’s no doubt this tandem could set the league on fire this upcoming year.
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