Cooks snagged five of 11 targets for 79 yards and a touchdown and added eight yards on three carries
Cooks scooted past a pair of defenders that got caught up in a pick and hauled in a five-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. It was Cooks' second score in his last three games and the contest featured a matched season-high 11 targets. Cooks will get his next opportunity in the Division Round and he'll need to improve against quality opponents if he wants to aid in a deep New England run. In five games against teams that entered Week 17 in the AFC playoff picture, Cooks has averaged just three catches and 42 yards this season.
Cooks caught two of his five targets for 19 yards and carried once for six yards in Sunday's 37-16 win over the Bills.
With scores of fantasy titles on the line, Cooks' quiet effort in Week 16 could not have come at a worse time, but the speedy wideout wasn't a big part of the game plan Sunday, with the Patriots' victory fueled by the ground game, which was paced by Dion Lewis' 129 rushing yards. Assuming the the team playing for playoff seeding in Week 17, Cooks is a bounce-back candidate next weekend against the Jets.
Cooks caught four of seven targets for 60 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Steelers.
Cooks caught a 43-yard bomb on the opening drive but wasn't really heard from again until he found the end zone on a four-yard scoring strike in the third quarter, as tight end Rob Gronkowski dominated passing-game work most of the game. This performance was definitely a step up from his previous two, but its hard to ignore that Cooks' recent slump is corresponding with that of quarterback Tom Brady's, who's been on the injury report with an Achilles injury in recent weeks. By the numbers, Brady owns a 62.0 percent completion rate and 2:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his last three games. Meanwhile, Cooks has caught just 41.1 percent of his 17 targets while averaging 38.3 receiving yards per tilt. He'll remain a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option in Week 17's rematch with Buffalo.
Cooks caught one of seven targets for 38 yards in Monday night's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins.
Cooks' lone reception didn't come until the Patriots' final offensive drive of the game, as he was locked down by cornerback Xavien Howard and drew plenty of attention in the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension). With just three receptions for 55 yards over the past two weeks, Cooks' recent slump couldn't come at a worse time for fantasy owners, and Sunday's matchup in Pittsburgh certainly poses a tough task as well. However, considering he still ranks in the top 10 league-wide in receiving yards (924) this season, owners should still be plenty aware of Cooks' ability to break out.
Cooks was on the field for 68 of 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-3 win over the Bills, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Despite the high snap count, Cooks had a quiet day (two catches on three targets for 17 yards and one carry for five yards), as the Patriots' triumph was largely fueled by the team's versatile backfield. Future game plans will no doubt feature Cooks more prominently, as a deep threat, and he could well bounce back next Monday versus a Dolphins defense that he caught six passes for 83 yards and a TD against in Week 12.
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