New Orleans Saints fans might be worried that first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks could be missing out on valuable learning experiences with the team, but coach Sean Payton quelled that assumption after Thursday's practice.
While Cooks hasn't been allowed to participate in the Saints' organized team activities or minicamp because Oregon State is still in session, he has been in communication with the team since participating in the rookie minicamp last month.
"What we're allowed to do is basically in the evenings we have kind of an online time where we go through practice tape and go through the installation," Payton said. "He was here through the rookie camp and he was able to take the book back with him and work through page by page."
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.