Los Angeles Rams seeing investment in Brandin Cooks paying off real fast

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It only took Brandin Cooks two games to show he was well worth the investment for the Los Angeles Rams on offense.

During the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams pulled off a surprise out of nowhere by acquiring Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots to provide Jared Goff with another speedy deep threat to work with.

At the time, there were some questions surrounding the decision by the Rams since they were not only giving up a future first-round pick for a second year in a row, but also this would mark the third team Cooks would be part of in three years.

Normally, when something like this happens to a talented player, there are some concerns, and the last thing Los Angeles fans wanted to see was Cooks be more of a distraction than impact.

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Turns out, it only took two games for Cooks to show he was well worth the risk for the Rams when looking at the impact he’s made, including a recent seven-catch performance for 159 yards last Sunday during a win over the Arizona Cardinals. Not to mention, no one is questioning anymore the decision by Los Angeles to reward Cooks with a hefty five-year extension before even taking a single snap with the team.

After becoming the first team in NFL history last year to go from worst to first in scoring, the Rams expected similar results for the 2018 season, although early signs point to this unit potentially being better.

Remember all of the hype surrounding Sammy Watkins last season to be the speedy No. 1 target in the passing game for Goff to rely on? As Los Angeles fans remember, Watkins struggled to live up to the hype after catching just 39 passes for 593 yards, although it was great to see him find the end zone eight times.

Still, when seeing how Cooks already has 12 catches in two games for 246 yards, all signs point to the Rams wideout crush the numbers Watkins put together in 2017, his only season with the team.

Just the thought of Cooks being around through the 2023 season will put a smile on the faces of any Los Angeles fan, and Les Snead along with Sean McVay deserve a ton of credit once again for turning this team around as quickly as they have since 2016.

No one ever could have imagined Cooks on the Rams around this time last year, and despite some questions early on, the speedster has proven he was well worth the investment.

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Based off the first two weeks, the explosiveness and speed Cooks possesses is going to make this season even more fun for Los Angeles while helping put the team in incredible position to live up to the Super Bowl hype.