Cooks caught three of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
It's been a whirlwind season for Cooks, who has had games in which he has looked like a dominant force like Week 1 against Oakland, Week 6 against Carolina and Week 15 against Arizona. He's also had games where the Saints' offense has appeared to focus more on Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. Cooks has not been shy about voicing his displeasure in such situations and this offseason will be full of questions about whether the Saints, with other weapons in the wings, should keep their former first-rounder or try to get value for him on the trade market.
The speedster saw the most looks from Drew Brees on the afternoon, while tying Michael Thomas for the team lead in receiving yardage. Cooks has enjoyed an excellent two-game stretch dating back to Week 15, one in which he's secured 12 of 17 targets for 284 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A second consecutive 1,000-yard season under his belt, Cooks will look to finish things off on a strong note in Week 17 against the Falcons.
Cooks went off in the first half, catching four balls for 127 yards and both of his touchdowns. The highlight of his day came in the second quarter when he hauled in a perfect strike from Drew Brees for a 65-yard touchdown. He posted his first 100-yard game in over two months and caught his first score since Nov. 13. He'll attempt to score again next week against Tampa Bay.
Cooks caught five passes on 10 targets for 61 yards in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Cooks made a few nice plays, including a 38-yard grab down the right sideline int he second half, but his day was highlighted by near misses. First, quarterback Drew Brees overthrew a wide-open Cooks on what would have been a long touchdown pass in the first half. Then, Cooks caught a four-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but the reception was correctly reversed when replay revealed that Cooks had dropped the ball. Cooks still managed a decent afternoon, but fantasy owners were probably expecting more with rookie Michael Thomas out for New Orleans. The third-year wide out will have a tough test in Week 14 against a good Arizona secondary.
One week removed from going without a target for the first time in his career, Cooks rallied with season highs in catches and targets, as well as his most yardage since Week 10. Aside from a 39-yard snag that set up a Wil Lutz field goal just before halftime, none of Cooks' remaining six receptions amounted to more than 10 yards. In a similar vein, Cooks' first touch of the game was a four-yard run, despite no evidence that it's an effective play (he has no carry greater than 15 yards since his rookie campaign in 2014). While he's clearly exhibited the talent of a No. 1 wide receiver, he doesn't receive the requisite volume in an offense in which Drew Brees spreads the ball around to all the weapons at his disposal.
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