Saints first round pick Brandin Cooks will have the chance to "make [Drew Brees] look good," and more, for the Saints this season.
He’ll have opportunities in the kicking game, too. He could be the team’s top punt returner and its No. 2 kickoff returner. Or, perhaps, he could top the depth chart at both positions; the more ways the Saints can get the ball in his hands, the more chances he’ll have to score from anywhere on the field.
But his first responsibility is as a receiver, and it’s not a job he takes lightly.
“I take pride in catching the ball because without being able to catch the ball, you can’t play,” he said. “I can be as fast as I want to be but one of the things I work on, day in and day out, is catching balls so I can be consistent in that area, too.”
Cooks is having a pretty good camp early on and has a chance to get some playing time when the season begins. We rank him 45th, right behind teammate Kenny Stills at 44th. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Saints offense so even if he emerges as the Saints top receiver at some point, he's likely still considered behind TE Jimmy Graham and even RB Pierre Thomas. Cooks could add some late-round depth to your fantasy team this season. He has an ADP of the 10th round, two rounds higher than Stills.