Luke McCown, QB New Orleans Saints

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Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bill Belichick saw New Orleans Saints receiver Brandin Cooks all week in joint practices and during Saturday night’s game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

And he saw enough.

“I’m glad we don’t have to play him twice a year,” the New England Patriots coach said after Cooks caught four passes for 117 yards – including a 45-yard touchdown – while the Saints jumped to a 21-0 lead Saturday. “He’s a really good player.”

Cooks also caught a 36-yard pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown. And he ran for seven yards on an end around before calling it a night before halftime.

Fantasy Impact:

Sure, it was only a preseason game. But the way Cooks has delivered so far this summer for the Saints, with touchdowns in each of their two games so far, is critical. They're counting on the 21-year-old second-year pro to emerge as their top playmaker this season after trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. Cooks is clearly part of the Saints transition to youth at the WR position.

2015 Strength of Schedule - NO
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
11
@ARI
16
TB
13
@CAR
18
DAL
29
@PHI
20
ATL
21
@IND
26
NYG
22
TEN
32
@WAS
BYE12
@HOU
13
CAR
16
@TB
9
DET
17
JAX
20
@ATL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPCRuAttYdsTDFumYPRSnaps%
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2CLE--------------
3MIN--------------
4DAL00000--0000-0/610%
5TB00000--0000-0/910%
6BYE--------------
7DET00000--0000-0/740%
8GB00000--0000-0/680%
9CAR00000--0000-0/760%
10SF00000--0000-0/810%
11CIN00000--0000-0/710%
12BAL--------------
13PIT--------------
14CAR--------------
15CHI--------------
16ATL--------------
17TB--------------
Totals000000.000.0000000.000/5970%

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