Cooks caught seven of nine targets for 159 yards in Sunday's 34-0 win over the Cardinals. Cooks tied Robert Woods for the team lead in targets while piling up nearly twice as many yards. The speedy wideout had four gains of 20-plus, including a 57-yarder on a deep pass in the middle part of the field. Cooks has looked the part of a true No. 1 wideout through two games with the Rams, catching 12 of 17 targets for 246 yards while playing in an offense that also features Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. There will eventually be weeks when the volume just isn't there, but it hasn't been a problem thus far as the Rams prepare for a Week 3 matchup with the Chargers.
Cooks caught five of eight targets for 87 yards and added a six-yard rush in Monday's 33-13, Week 1 win over Oakland. Cooks made an immediate impact in his Rams debut, finishing with two fewer yards than Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods combined despite seeing one fewer target than each of those guys. His biggest play was a 30-yard catch-and-run to get down to the eight-yard line, setting up a Kupp touchdown on the next play to close out the third quarter and break a 13-13 tie. While it's still very early, this performance suggests Cooks is well-positioned for a fourth consecutive season over 1,000 receiving yards.
Cooks will be rested for Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports. Cooks is one of many Rams being held out Saturday, as right guard Jamon Brown is the only offensive starter participating in the preseason contest. With the first-team offense not playing, it will open up opportunities for roster-bubble players as well as other receivers that are currently lower on the depth chart such as Mike Thomas and Josh Reynolds. Cooks has not been limited by injury this preseason and looks on track to play Week 1 against the Raiders.
Cooks signed a five-year extension with the Rams on Tuesday, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the new contract is worth $80 million and will run through 2023. An extension has long been expected, with the Rams apparently quite confident Cooks will be a better fit than Sammy Watkins in head coach Sean McVay's offensive system. The speedy wideout does have the look of a safe investment, considering he'll turn 25 in September and hasn't missed a game or fallen shy of 1,000 yards since his 2014 rookie season. The possibility of Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods challenging for the team target lead is probably the biggest concern for prospective fantasy owners, though the wealth of weapons will also prevent defenses from overplaying Cooks, who should then be able to take advantage with long gains. He's unlikely to thrive without the help of frequent big plays, as only 11 of his 27 career receiving touchdowns have come on snaps inside the red zone.
Cooks (groin) participated in June minicamp, Myles Simmins of the Rams' official website reports. Cooks missed an OTA session in late May with a minor groin injury but apparently made a fast recovery. Acquired in an April trade with New England, the 24-year-old wideout still hasn't signed a contract extension, something that's expected to happen before Week 1. While he should get plenty of deep looks in 2018, Cooks' overall target volume could drop off from its range the past three seasons (114 to 129) in an offense that also features Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Unlike Sammy Watkins last year, Cooks has the benefit of spending a full offseason with his new team.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||25||29.00|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|9||11/04||@New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|11||11/20||Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|17||12/30||San Francisco 49ers||25||29.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||120||76||1131||8||44||14.88||163|