|Chance of Injury in 2021:||33%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||2.5%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.8|
Brandin Tawan Cooks will be 27 in September. He was born in Stockton, California, and unfortunately, his father died of a heart attack when he was only six, leaving him and his three brothers to be raised by their mother. Cooks attended a local high school where Cooks played football, basketball and ran track. He posted impressive numbers in high school, and as a senior, he caught 66 passes for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was ranked as the 26th best wide receiver in the country and initially committed to play at UCLA, but eventually changed his mind to Oregon State University
Playing under head coach Mike Riley, Cooks played in 12 games as a freshman catching 31 passes for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2012 he caught 67 passes for 1,151 yards and 5 touchdowns and also ran the ball 19 times. In his senior season, he caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding 30 rushes for 217 yards and two more scores. This impressive season caused him to win the Biletnikoff Award.
Cooks measures 5’ 9 ¾” and weighed 189 pounds running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Wow, that’s fast! Cooks was selected with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. The Saints traded up from the 27th spot for first and third-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals to draft Cooks.
Even though Cooks has been in the league for six years, I feel like it’s been an eternity. He spent his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, and in his rookie season, only played in ten games catching 53 passes for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns. The season ended prematurely for Cooks after a broken thumb. He posted an impressive sophomore campaign with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns.
In 2016 Cooks finished with 78 catches for 1,173 yards and 8 touchdowns. Despite his targets dropping from 129 to 117, he still ranked 6th in the league…
|Sep 7, 2020||NFL||Leg Quad Strain||Cooks managed a quad injury during training camp. He didn't miss a game due to it|
|Oct 27, 2019||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Cooks suffered a concussion injury in the first quarter in Week 8's game against the Bengals. He missed two games|
|Feb 4, 2018||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Cooks left in the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl after suffering a concussion.|
|Dec 9, 2015||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||The Saints added Cooks to the injury report Thursday for a concussion. (Not clear when it happened.) He returned in time for Sunday's game.|
|Nov 16, 2014||NFL||Hand Metacarpal Fracture||Cooks fractured his left thumb in Week 11 and was placed on IR, missing the rest of the season.|