If you want to keep winning Championships, you need to be constantly changing in today’s NFL. No team seems to appreciate that more, or do it more successfully, than the New England Patriots.
Fresh off their latest Superbowl victory, the Patriots made some huge offseason moves that saw them acquire major assets in cornerback Stephon Gilmore and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Cooks cost New England their 1st and 3rd picks in the 2017 Draft, which were sent to the New Orleans Saints. Cooks spent the last three seasons with the Saints, logging more than 1100 yards in the past two seasons.
The 23-year-old is eager to hit the ground running with his new team. Speaking with the media for the first time as a Patriot, Cooks emphasized he wanted “to learn the offense so I can catch up to the guys that have been here so we can keep going and not have to wait on me.”
"Right away, I love it," Cooks said of his brief time with the Patriots. "I love the way they run things here. It's a blessing to be able to be a part of this organization…Their attention to detail, once again, here is amazing."
Cooks has the luxury of moving from playing with one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees, to playing for another of the NFL’s best in Tom Brady. "He's just an awesome quarterback and I'm glad to have the opportunity to play with him,” Cooks said of his new QB. "His attention to detail and how focused he is. [...] Obviously, the game on TV, he's amazing, but to see him now in person in his study habits is awesome."
When pressed on what the Patriots plan was after making such major offseason acquisition, Cooks responded carefully: "We’re on a mission. Whatever mission that may be, I don’t know, but we’re on a mission. That’s what it seems like."
Pretty sure another set of Superbowl rings and a chance to lift the Lombardi Trophy are in that mission plan.
Source: Bernd Buchmasser - PatsPulpit · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS