• Brian L. Barefield

Texans WR Believes Deshaun Watson Has The Same Traits As 2 Future Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Most NFL wide receivers go their whole careers without playing with a Hall of Fame quarterback. They may play with some that put up stats for one or two years that will make you turn your head briefly, but they lack the consistency to even be considered for consecutive Pro Bowls.

But that is not the case when it comes to one wide receiver in the league. He has had Heaven open up and smile on him during his NFL journey and has been afforded the opportunity to play with quarterbacks that are first ballot Hall of Famers, one former No. 1 overall pick, and he will take the field next season with one that has been called the “Michael Jordan” of quarterbacks by his college head coach.

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks came into the league in 2014 after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round with the 20th overall pick. The first NFL pass ever thrown to him in the regular season was by the all-time leader in career passing yards, passing completions, career touchdown passes, most 5,000 passing yards seasons, etc. That person was none other than Drew Christopher Brees .

After four seasons with New Orleans where he put up back-to-back seasons with over 1,100 yards receiving he was traded.

Ok wait. I have to pause right here because when we speak of players with Cooks talent being traded away its usually to a team that has no real shot of anything, but a top-five draft pick the following season. But if you have followed the wide receiver since his playing days at Oregon State you know that nothing is really normal when it comes to him.

The Patriot Way

Cooks was able to land with a current six-time Super Champion quarterback that has passed for over 74, 500 yards and 541 touchdowns in his career in Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. Yes. That Tom Brady who will go down as the best quarterback to ever play the game once he retires, according to who you ask. Cooks put up another 1,000-yard receiving season with the Pats as they would eventually fall to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

California Love

Another trade landed Cooks in Los Angeles for the 2018 season with Jared Goff and the dynamic offensive system of young coaching phenom, Sean McVay. Cooks would be an intricate part of the Rams going to Super Bowl LIII which was his second appearance in as many years. He went up against his former team, the New England Patriots, and once again come out on the losing end. Yet, Cooks put up the best receiving stats in his career with Goff as he finished the 2018 campaign with over 1,200 yards which would be his fourth consecutive season going over 1,000 yards receiving. He would suffer some nagging injuries in 2019 that would cause for the yardage streak to end and eventually push him out of L.A.

Welcome to Houston

This offseason, the Houston Texans decided that it was time to shake up the team as they traded All-Pro and fan favorite, DeAndre Hopkins from Houston to Arizona for running back David Johnson. Houston would sign former Dallas Cowboys slot receiver Randall Cobb and then pulled off a trade with the Rams to get Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick for a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.