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New Orleans Saints: Brandin Cooks Continues to Impress in Preseason Opener

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest stories from the New Orleans Saints‘ training camp has been the outstanding performance of rookie receiver Brandin Cooks. His speed and athleticism have been impressing coaches and teammates on the practice field, and in the first preseason game, his talents continued to shine.

Cooks finished the game with 55 yards on five receptions, including a 25-yard touchdown during the third quarter. He was a little slow at the game’s start, but he finished strong and was able to show off his dynamic athleticism and blinding speed. If he continues to play like at this level, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with once the season gets underway.

Another important thing to remember is that Drew Brees was not the one throwing the ball in the opening preseason game. Instead, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin and, later, Logan Kilgore shared the time at quarterback (with McCown taking the starting gig in the first quarter). If Cooks is able to perform well with a less-talented quarterback, it will be exciting to see what he could do with one of the league’s best.

Unless Cooks has some type of breakdown, the Saints will be expecting big things from him this season, and rightly so. He’s proven that he is ready to play at the NFL level and that he has the drive and skill set to be productive against some of the best players in the world. If things keep going as they are, Cooks has a serious shot at the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

William Potter is a New Orleans Saints writer for Rant Sports. Follow him @potter_taylor, like him on Facebook and add him to Google.