The Los Angeles Rams have traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans for the 57th pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Cooks, a speedy wide receiver out of Oregon State, was selected 20th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. After four seasons in New Orleans, he was traded to New England, where he was part of the Patriots team that lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Rams, where he spent the last two seasons.
Cooks is not without talent, having put up four 1,000-yard seasons in his six-year career. He has also played in 78 of a possible 80 regular-season games over the last five seasons, showing unexpected durability for a receiver that is small in stature at 5-10 and 180 pounds. The problem is that the Texans already have this guy on their roster, multiple times over.
The Rams have now lost Dante Fowler, Cory Littleton, Todd Gurley, and Cooks this offseason. The moves are driven by budget as the team will need to sign All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a new deal.
It’s not all bad though, Jared Goff still has his boys Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods to sling it to, and the defense still boasts Aaron Donald and Ramsey, but it will be interesting to see how this team performs in 2020.
For the Texans, I don’t know. Bill O’Brien baffles me. You now have Cooks, Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, and Keke Coutee at the top of the wide receiver depth chart. They are all fly route or slot guys.
There isn’t a guy in that group that anyone would consider a possession receiver like DeAndre Hopkins was. Now, there is a possibility that the sum of the parts could be greater than the individuals if everyone stays healthy, especially when you factor in the receiving chops of Duke Johnson and David Johnson out of the backfield. I guess we will all find out together.
No vaccine, no fans?
The entire world has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and it is no different in the sports world as all leagues are at a standstill. In a recent poll released by the Seton Hall School of Business, 72% of the 762 people that were polled said they would not attend a live sporting event until a vaccine for the virus was produced and distributed.
This is not surprising but must be troubling for sports leagues and organizations as the timeline for an effective and approved vaccination is said to be roughly 18 months, and that would be very optimistic and historically quick.
The concern is not something that will dissipate anytime soon as we are continuing to experience high death totals all around the world as well as in New York City. The report was first released by ESPN.com.
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