Brandin Cooks: I think I became a better player after trade to Rams from Patriots

Ryan Hannable
January 28, 2019 - 8:34 pm

ATLANTA -- Last year at this time, Brandin Cooks was the No. 1 receiver on the Patriots. Now, he's the No. 1 receiver on the Rams taking on his former team in Super Bowl LIII.

Last offseason, the Patriots sent Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams in exchange for their first-round pick (No. 23 overall).

Speaking at Super Bowl Opening Night, Cooks was happy the Patriots sent him to a team like the Rams.

“It is one of those things, they operate in such a way that is unique to most other teams," he said. "You could be thinking you could be somewhere for awhile, but at the end of the day you don’t hold on to that. It is unfortunate, but the same time I am blessed. He sent me somewhere that is so special. It is all I can do to just be thankful for that fact as well.”

The wide receiver was thankful for his time in New England.

“I became a smarter football player, there’s no doubt about it," he said. "Learning from a guy like Coach Belichick and Josh McDaniels, just becoming more of a student of the game. I learned a lot from them just being disciplined and doing my job the best way that I can. The little details is huge over there and I learned that as a player.”

In his lone year in New England, Cooks had 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. In his first season on the West Coast, he was even better. He recorded 80 catches for 1,204 yards and five touchdowns.

“Absolutely, I think I became a better player," he said "Being in a new system, I still feel like I have a lot more to go, but at the end of the day from my years in the past I think I became a much better player in ways that I just feel like I made some of my weaknesses my strengths and I am still working on that aspect.”

As for facing his old team this week, Cooks doesn't really want to talk about it.

“This is a battle with the Patriots," he said. "Everything that has been going on between Boston and L.A. is in the past I am just focused on the present right now.”

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