After hearing his name called as a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks made an immediate impact in multiple facets of the Saints offense, appearing in the first 10 games with six starts, but ultimately having his rookie season cut short due to a wrist injury. Cooks returned in 2015 to appear in all 16 games, and recorded his first 1,000-yard season, finishing with 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns on 84 receptions. At just 22 years old and entering his third NFL season, Cooks looks to build on his breakout campaign.
NFL CAREER – After hearing his name called as a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks made an immediate impact in multiple facets of the Saints offense, appearing in the first 10 games with six starts, but ultimately having his rookie season cut short due to a wrist injury. Cooks returned in 2015 to appear in all 16 games, and recorded his first 1,000-yard season, finishing with 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns on 84 receptions. At just 22 years old and entering his third NFL season, Cooks looks to build on his breakout campaign.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 11/18/14; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/18/14; Selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
2015 – Appeared in all 16 games, recording 84 grabs for 1,138 yards (13.5 avg.) and nine touchdowns to lead the club in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdowns. The season marked his first campaign of at least 1,000 receiving yards, and marked the first time a Saints wide receiver reached at least 1,000 yards receiving since Marques Colston (1,154) and Lance Moore (1,041) in 2012. His receiving yardage total and touchdown reception total each ranked 14th in the NFL. Cooks’ 84 receptions ranked 17th in the league, while his 22 third down receptions tied for 20th. His 84 receptions were the most by a Saints receiver since Colston hauled in 84 in 2010…Started the team’s season opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, and caught four passes for 49 yards and rushed once for four yards…Started vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20, and caught team-high five passes for 62 yards, while also recording a rush for -4 yards…Started and caught seven passes for 79 yards, both game-highs for New Orleans at Carolina, Sept. 27…Made start at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, and hauled in five passes for a career-high 107 yards with one touchdown. It was his first career 100-yard receiving game…Started at Indianapolis, Oct. 25, and finished with a team-high 81 yards on a club-best six receptions, including a 47-yard catch…Caught six passes for 88 yards (14.7 avg.) with a career-high two touchdowns and rushed once for -3 yards vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1…Started vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8, and recorded four receptions for 71 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown…Started at Washington, Nov. 15, and posted five receptions for 98 yards, including two scoring grabs to tie a career-high. His 60-yard scoring grab in the second quarter was a career-long catch. Also had an 11-yard rush…Made the start vs. Carolina, Dec. 6, and caught six passes for 104 yards, with a 54-yard touchdown. Both his catches and yardage were game-highs for New Orleans…Saw action on offense and on special teams vs. Detroit, Dec. 21, and caught 10 passes for 124 yards with a touchdown, setting career-highs in receptions and receiving yardage and returned two punts for 12 yards. Had game-high 136 total yards from scrimmage, while making a special teams tackle…Started vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27, and caught five passes for 123 yards (24.6 avg.) with a career-long 71-yard touchdown and rushed a career-high four times for 10 yards for 133 total yards from scrimmage. His team-leading fourth 100-yard receiving game marked the most by a Saint since TE Jimmy Graham’s six in 2013 and the most by a Saints WR since Colston’s four in 2011. Became the first Saint to surpass 1,000 yards receiving since Graham in 2013 and the first New Orleans wideout to do so since Colston in 2012…With his 12th career scoring grab, he moved into a tie for eighth place on the all-time list for Drew Brees TD targets…Started the team’s season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, and finished with 22 yards on five receptions. 2014 – Played in ten games with six starts and totaled 53 receptions for 550 yards and three touchdowns, seven carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, 10 punt returns for 35 yards and one kickoff return for 12 yards…Placed on Injured Reserve, Nov. 18…Played in first-career game at Atlanta, Sept. 7, and caught seven passes, tied for the most by a Saints rookie in their debut with Reggie Bush (9/10/06 at Cleveland), for 77 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing once for 18 yards. First career-reception came on a 32-yard pass play…Started first career game and caught three passes for 17 yards and two carries for 31 yards at Cleveland, Sept. 14…Started and led the team with eight receptions for 74 yards vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Opened the contest and caught a team and career-high nine passes for 56 yards while also rushing twice for 15 yards and returning a kickoff for 12 yards vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…Caught a team-high six passes for a career-high 94 yards, including a 50-yard reception for a touchdown, while picking up first-career rushing touchdown on a jet sweep that went for four yards vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26. At 21 years and 31 days old, became the youngest player in team history to score a rushing touchdown, and the first WR to score one since Robert Meachem did so on a 20-yard end around at Detroit, Dec. 21, 2008. Became the youngest player in NFL history to record both a TD catch and run in the same game…Played on offense and special teams while bringing in five catches for a team-leading 90 yards and a touchdown vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9.
COLLEGE – Started 29 of the career 38 games he played in at Oregon State as a two-year starter for the Beavers…Posted 226 receptions for 3,272 yards (14.5 avg.) with 24 touchdowns, also adding 61 carries for 340 yards (5.6 avg.)…Also performed well in the return game, bringing back 12 punts for 72 yards and eight kickoffs for 179 yards for a career total of 3,863 all-purpose yards…As a junior, captured the Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus first-team All-American and All-Pac 12 choice, when he opened up all 13 games and set school and conference single-season receiving records with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards (13.5 avg.), with a school-record 16 touchdowns, also gaining 217 yards with two TDs on 32 carries (6.8 avg.). Added 72 yards on 12 punt returns, as his 2,019 all-purpose yards ranked second on the school annual record charts. Led nation in receiving yards and finished second in TD catches, leading the conference. Tied school season record with two 200-yard receiving performances and placed second on season chart with eight 100-yard games….As a sophomore, was a Biletnikoff Award semi-finalist and received All-Pac 12 first-team honors from the NFL Draft report and received honorable mention from league coaches. In 13 starts, pulled in 67 passes for 1,151 yards (17.2 avg.) with five touchdowns, carried 19 times for 82 yards (4.3 avg.) to amass 1,233 total yards from scrimmage…Recorded 31 receptions for 391 yards (12.6 avg.) with three touchdowns and added 41 yards on 10 carries as a freshman…Also lettered in track…Majored in human development and family sciences.
PERSONAL – Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com coming out of Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) HS, where he was a two time Section Offensive Player of the Year, All-Area selection and team MVP…As a senior, registered 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing the season with 1,525 all-purpose yards…As a junior, made 46 catches for 783 yards and 10 TDs…Had 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven TDs as a sophomore…Closed out prep career earning six total letters – three in football, two in track and one in basketball…With an award at the NFL Scouting Combine from Adidas for running the fastest 40-yard dash (4.33), surprised his mother with an automobile as a gift and subsequently purchased her a house following his rookie season…Participated in former teammate Benjamin Watson’s “The Big BENefit” event in 2014, which provided gift cards to 25 families selected by the New Orleans Family Justice center for a shopping spree…Also participated in several community visits throughout the 2015 season, including his visit with patients at The Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center on Sept. 29, 2015…Born September 25, 1993 in Stockton, Calif.
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