With five NFL seasons under his belt, could the Los Angeles Rams see Brandin Cooks earn Pro Bowl honors for the first time during the 2019 season?
At the time, the Rams were adjusting to losing Sammy Watkins in free agency after the wideout signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency, but there’s no question that Cooks was a major upgrade at the position.
Unlike Watkins, Cooks has proven to be a consistent receiver throughout his career, and the fact that he’s coming off a fourth-straight 1,000-yard season in 2018 will back this claim up.
Watching the Rams reward Cooks with a hefty five-year extension last offseason before even suiting up for a single game was viewed as a questionable move by many, but if last year is any indication of what the future holds, Los Angeles made the right decision.
Keeping players like Cooks under contract for the long run will certainly help the Rams continue to be a serious threat in the NFC for years to come, and maybe if all goes well in 2019, the team will even earn another trip to the Super Bowl.
WIth that being said, as great as Cooks has proven to be so far in his NFL career, it is surprising to see he’s yet to receive Pro Bowl honors, especially with the numbers put together from the previous four seasons.
Since the 2015 season between stints with the Rams, Patriots, and New Orleans Saints, Cooks managed to haul in 307 passes for 4,597 yards to go along with 29 touchdown catches in 64 games, showing just how much of a threat he can be.
Normally when a player joins a new team, it can take some time to adjust to being part of a new offense, but it was amazing to watch Cooks quickly develop chemistry with Jared Goff, and connect 80 times for 1,204 yards with five touchdowns in 2018.
Now that Cooks is no longer feeling the additional pressure of being part of a new team heading into training camp for the 2019 season, it wouldn’t come as a surprise at all if the wideout put together a career year.
And while the preference for Cooks would obviously be to earn a trip to the Super Bowl over the Pro Bowl, it would still be amazing to see him at least earn the honors without having to play in the actual game.