Beat: Brandin Cooks has 'a realistic shot' at OROY

Mike Triplett, ESPN - [Full Article]

In a recent mailbag, Saints beat writer Mike Triplett discussed rookie WR Brandin Cooks.

I'm extremely high on Cooks' potential. I think he'll catch a lot of balls and be a big-play threat in the Saints' offense and return game. And he'll have a realistic shot at the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

So of course I'll say it's possible. But even I think that's a little optimistic to say there's a 90 percent chance of a 1,000-yard season. Even if it's "only" 800 yards, five or six receiving touchdowns and a punt return touchdown for good measure, it would still be a huge rookie season, though.

Fantasy Impact: 

The Saints spread the ball around, but not only do they have to replace the departed Lance Moore, the team has to also replace the production of Darren Sproles in the receiving game. The two combined for 143 targets in 2013, so while we're expecting Kenny Stills to see a larger role, there are targets for the speedy Cooks as well.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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