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Brandin Cooks has emerged as strong wide receiver in his early NFL career, and the New England Patriots are hoping he continues to do just that.

In two of his three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, the 23-year-old surpassed 1,000 receiving yards. In his short career so far, Cooks has totaled 215 catches, 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns.

The Patriots had never traded a first-round draft choice away for a player on another team until they sent their No. 32 pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for Cooks.

At Monday’s NFL owners’ meetings, New England’s owner Robert Kraft took some time to offer high praise and respect to the newly acquired wide receiver.

“Since I’ve owned the team, the only player that could make an impact like that at wide receiver was Randy Moss,” Kraft said, “He doesn’t have his height but it looks like he has his speed. I think that’s complementary to what we have on the team, and I’m excited about enjoying this.”

What Cooks and Moss have most in common is their speed. Cooks uses his quickness to get by corners and safeties to create plays. What is even greater is that Cooks hasn’t even reached his prime, and the Patriots jumped all over the chance to get him.

Cooks will join the likes of an already strong receiving corps that includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola.

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Megan Carnahan 3/28/2017 08:51:00 AM Edit
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