Texans Brandin Cooks looks at his trade history as a positive

Patrick D. Starr

Houston, Texas- When the Houston Texans executed the trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the Los Angeles Rams, it marked the third time he has been traded in his career. 

Cooks has been traded by the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and now the Rams, but they all have been for premium draft picks. The Patriots and Rams had to send a first-round selection to land Cooks while the Texans sent a 2020 second-round selection (57th overall) to land him before the draft. 

Despite all of the movement from city to city for Cooks, he looks at the trades as a positive for him. 

Now it is a new beginning with the Texans. 

"The way I look at it, I take it as a positive," Cooks said of the being traded three times. "In that, I'm wanted. And that I'm valued at a high level still to this day. 

Cooks continued. "You look at all the trades they all went for first-rounder, and this one going for a second round." 

Cooks arrives at the Texans after having a down season with the Rams in 2019 appearing in 14 games catching 42 passes for 583 yards averaging 13.9 yards a catch with two touchdowns. His 583 yards receiving was a career-low and his yards per catch plus his second-lowest yards per target at 8.1 yards. 

His new beginning with the Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson is just another positive step for Cooks in his career. 

"To be honest with you," Cooks added. "I'm blessed to be able to go around and play with so many different teams and different quarterbacks and different organizations. And for me, I don't look at as a negative at all."

Now teamed with Watson and a receiver group that boasts Will Fuller V, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee, and DeAndre Carter. Cooks is adjusting quickly with the meeting taking place this week with the start of their virtual off-season. Learning the offense and his new teammates, Cooks feels he is already adjusting well to his new team. 

"I'm a guy that adjusts pretty quick," Cooks explained. "And wherever I go, I tell people I'm going to ball, so I'm not worried about that."

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