Cooks hauled in 10 of 12 targets for 100 receiving yards, adding a 9-yard rushing touchdown during Sunday's 36-31 win against the Seahawks. Following a fourth-quarter strip sack and recovery by Dante Fowler Jr., Cooks helped put the Seahawks in a two-possession hole by scoring on a jet sweep right from nine yards out on the ensuing play (his first rushing touchdown since Week 8 of his rookie season in 2014). What's been encouraging about his debut season in Los Angeles is the consistent volume of work despite there being a plethora of weapons in the passing game. Cooks has five-plus targets in every game but one this year, and five or more catches in six of 10 outings. Prior to the Week 12 bye, he and the Rams receiving corps will have an opportunity to tee off against a porous Kansas City pass defense (138 catches allowed to wide receivers this year, tied for fourth-most in NFL).
Cooks caught six of eight targets for 114 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 45-35 win over the Saints. Cooks led the team in catches and receiving yardage while finishing second in targets. He did most of his damage early, including a 48-yard reception which set up his own 4-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. Cooks unfortunately failed to get a couple of interference calls to go his way, including one that would've extended his team's final drive of the game and potentially given him another opportunity to produce. Still, this was an outstanding return to New Orleans for the wideout, who will look to put on another outstanding effort next Sunday against the Seahawks.
Cooks caught three of eight targets for 74 receiving yards, adding nine rushing yards on two carries during Sunday's 29-27 win against Green Bay. The fifth-year receiver has seen a visible dip in production since returning from concussion protocol in Week 6, turning in per-game averages of three receptions and 63.7 yards over his past three outings, compared to an average output of 6.5 catches and 113 yards through the first quarter of the regular season. Despite the stymied production of late, Cooks remains a fixture in the Rams passing attack, with eight or more targets in five of seven appearances this year. The pending return of Cooper Kupp (knee) will seemingly have no impact on him being a viable WR2, as Cooks recorded five-plus receptions in every game when active alongside Kupp in the starting lineup. Sunday brings a matchup with a Patriots secondary that entered Week 8 allowing 275.9 passing yards per game (bottom 10 in the NFL).
Cooks caught four of five targets for 64 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 win over the 49ers. Cooks finished second on the team in targets, catches and yardage while scoring a 19-yard touchdown to help his team pull away in the second quarter. He was held to just two catches last week against the Broncos, but he bounced back in this one despite the fact that his team led comfortably for most of the game. Cooks is now on pace for roughly 1,300 yards this season despite missing a game, and he'll look to build on this effort next Sunday in what could be a high-scoring game against the Packers.
Cooks caught two of six targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 23-20 victory over Denver. The six targets are the fewest Cooks has seen in any full game he's played this season, though his mere availability for Sunday's contest was a blessing considering the receiver exited Week 6 with a concussion. Furthermore, the entire Rams passing game was out of sync on a cold and snowy day in Denver, which likely played a role in Cooks' low production. Weather conditions should be much different when the Rams stay in state to take on the 49ers in Week 7, when Cooks will look to bounce back against a San Francisco defense that has surrendered 12 passing touchdowns through its first five games in 2018.
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