Brandin Cooks is entering his first year with the Dallas Cowboys after spending time with four teams — the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams and Houston Texans — since 2014. The wide receiver’s impact is already being felt and some team members are appreciating his input as well as his experience.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said while Cooks’ speed is a huge bonus, his football knowledge is expansive and that is what is benefiting Dallas as well.
“Not only the speed, but I think he’s an exceptional route runner,” McCarthy said, via ESPN. “He has a great understanding of routes and time clocks, and specifics of getting in and out of breaks.”
Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is one player benefiting from Cooks’ presence and football IQ.
“I’m a visual learner and I’m just watching him as he runs his routes, the way he preps, the way he practices, how he goes about his business. I love each and every part of it,” Lamb said. “I mean, he’s a professional to a ‘T’. My coach told me bringing him in will be the best thing for me, and it is.”
Michael Gallup chimed in, saying Cooks has tips for players to stay healthy and extend their careers.
“He tells everybody, ‘When you are you’re done with this, you’re done with that, make sure you stretch. Make sure you do what you’re supposed to do so you can stay in league as long as you possibly can,'” Gallup said. “That’s one of the biggest things right now. Football, that’s going to be there. We got in the league for a reason. But he’s over here talking about how you stay in the league.”
Cowboys offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Cooks has put in time with Jalen Tolbert, who is heading into his sophomore season, along with the other receivers on the roster.
“What Jalen [Tolbert] is going to tell you is he’s spent a ton of time with Brandin,” Schottenheimer said. “So here’s a guy who has been there, done…