Brandin Cooks caught the football on a screen pass, followed his blocks and didn’t stop running.
Cooks' 43-yard touchdown catch from rookie quarterback Davis Mills sealed the Houston Texans’ 30-16 road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, allowing them to sweep the annual season series against an AFC South opponent. No one was catching up with Cooks, a veteran wide receiver whose dominance of the Jaguars continued with seven receptions for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday on 10 targets.
“That was awesome, kind of sealed the deal,” Mills said. “That was the dagger. That kind of just picked us back up and assured the win. It was a great feeling.”
And maybe it should seal the deal when it comes to Cooks making the Pro Bowl.
Cooks has a dozen catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns this season on 17 targets against the Jaguars. For his career, including past stints with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, Cooks is now up 34 catches for 701 yards and five touchdowns in six career games and victories over the Jaguars.
Cooks is arguably the 3-11 Texans’ Most Valuable Player, leading them with 945 receiving yards and needing just 55 yards to record his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and the sixth of his career.
The chemistry between Cooks and Mills keeps building.
Texans Ex Jadeveon Clowney Re-Signs with Browns
Follow along with TexansDaily as we keep you up to date with all firings and hiring in the NFL
2021 Draft Review: What Grade Do Texans Deserve?
In a recent article on their 2021 draft class, the Houston Texans received a decent, if underwhelming, regrade.
Deshaun Watson Lawyer: What's Timetable on NFL Discipline Decision on Texans Ex QB?
Hardin indicated on Friday that he believes the NFL will announce its initial decision on discipline by June or July.
Texans Free Up Roster Space, Cut CB Jimmy Moreland
Jimmy Moreland's time in Houston is done after one season.
Is Kenyon Green Only A Guard For Texans' Offensive Line?
Although he has reps at tackle, new Texans offensive lineman Kenyon Green is best suited inside for his career in the pros
Texans QB Davis Mills: Underrated In NFL Ranking?
Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills has found himself being underrated yet again this offseason, this time thanks to Chris Simms.
Do Texans Have Top Tier Edge Rushers?
Pro Football Focus has ranked the NFL's top edge rushers, and yet Jonathan Greenard is nowhere to be found.
Baker Mayfield Trade to Texans? Not So Fast
If the Texans wanted to trade for Baker Mayfield, they would have done it a month ago
“I think that's just him trusting his reads and just being able to watch film, that extra time after practice, together just kind of continue to build,” Cooks said. “At the end of the day, like I always tell him: Trust his read, trust what he see. And it just happened today that we connected on a few.”
Cooks celebrated his second touchdown by pretending to drive a race car with wide receiver Chris Conley, a nod of respect to Cooks’ favorite F1 race car driver, Lewis Hamilton.
“I mean, Brandin had a great day, obviously, been extremely consistent all year,” Mills said. “And that's why he's very easy as a target to find because you know he's going to be in the right spot at the right time.”
Cooks capitalized on a weakness in the Jaguars’ defense over the middle for a 22-yard touchdown to get the Texans on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
And the Texans went back to Cooks to finish off the Jaguars in the fourth quarter. In a season filled with inadequate outcomes, Cooks has provided a beacon of light as a consistent winning presence.
“There's been games where he's had pretty good games and he's been involved and then there's games where he hasn't been,” Texans coach David Culley said. “I think that's a product of our consistency on offense, not so much for him. He's been the same guy from the start to the finish and obviously, when he was making a lot of plays for us, people started trying to take him out of the game and other guys had to come up and make plays.
“We happened to put him in a situation in that last play we called on that touchdown. There was nobody that was going to touch the ball but him because of the confidence we have in him.”
This is not "Houston's year'' in many ways. And the Texans won't exactly dominate the headlines on Wednesday night when the final selections are announced. But fan-vote toppers Davante Adams (Green Bay) and Ja’Marr Chase (Cincinnati) should, in the Texans' eyes, have company in the form of Cooks.