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.
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.
Now if we are keeping count. Cooks has played with Brees, Brady, Goff, and now he will be catching passes from one of the rising stars ready to lead the league into the next phase of great quarterbacks. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has become a household names amongst NFL fans and is currently gaining the popularity around Houston like former Texan Andre Johnson and his current teammate J.J. Watt.
“Oh, no question,” Cooks answered when asked if he sees the same characteristics in Watson that Brees and Brady possess. “What throw can he not make? He makes every single throw just like those guys, and just from the little bit that I'm gaining from him, his process and his hunger and his drive and dedication is there as well. That's what I've learned from those guys and saw from them every single day. So, I look forward to getting with him in person and really see that come alive.”
Houston is hoping that Cooks can recreate the magic he had with the previous three quarterbacks with Watson and help be a vital part to the Texans success. He may be the key piece needed to lead them to a long playoff run.
Blessed and Highly Favored
Strong faith in God helps Cooks navigate his way through life, so he never forgets the fact that he has been blessed more than most to have the success he has had while being able to play with some of the best to ever pick up a football.
“You tell any receiver that they get to play with those four quarterbacks (Brees, Brady, Goff Watson), I'm pretty sure they wouldn't complain at all,” he said. “I learned something from each one of those guys and I'm extremely blessed to be able to implement that, not just into my game, but also my process and how I go about my everyday life on and off the field.”