Tom Brady is the kind of quarterback that can make or break a career for the offensive players around him. In fact, it’s been almost impossible to say whether his teams have been talented because he is on them or if he is just talented because of the New England coaching system. We figure to have answers one way or another this season in regards to QB Tom Brady, at least. Brady will be working with a new complement of wide receivers in the wake of several injuries and off season acquisitions. Chief among them was the acquisition of wide out Brandin Cooks, former receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Cooks, a highly lauded prospect, is one of the most exciting young players in the game — and Tom Brady is quickly catching on.
When you can be considered legitimately as the greatest to ever play your position then you know you have a little bit of clout in the league. Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history but it is Brady who is spending this off-season gushing about his new talent. Brady has taken a shine to newcomer Brandin Cooks and he has been quick to share that respect with the world. In an interview with WEEI Brady opened up about Cooks by saying, “He has a maturity about him that for our team and our offense is so critical to your development.”
Brady has reason to be excited about Brandin Cooks — especially with the loss of Julian Edelman in the pre-season to a disastrous knee injury. At just 23 years old Cooks has already racked up 215 catches, 2,861 yards, and 20 touchdowns in his career. We wouldn’t be surprised if Cooks matches a third of that production in this season alone as New England’s new outside burner with great hands and the ability to go up and get the football. Brady went on to say in the interview, “I just love working with him and I’m excited for him this year.”
With the pre-season behind us and the NFL regular season approaching we have nothing but their words to go on. Cooks and Brady played sparingly in the pre-season and rarely looked to one another in game action. New England is notoriously close to the vest with their offensive plays so we doubt we saw anything important from their playbook so far, anyway.