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Brandin Cooks Says Being Traded Shows He Is Wanted

The Houston Texans acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks trade from the Los Angeles Rams as a replacement for DeAndre Hopkins, who the team shipped off to the Arizona Cardinals in March.

Even though he will be playing for his fourth team in seven years, Cooks said he doesn’t see being traded “as a negative.” At least he’s in the league.

“The way that I look at it. I take it as a positive. And that I’m wanted. Also, that I’m valued at a high level still,” Cooks said Thursday in his first public comments since he was traded to Houston from the Los Angeles Rams on April 9. “You look at all of the trades, they all were for a first-rounder, and this one, going for a second-rounder. To be honest with you, I’m blessed to be able to go around and play with so many different teams and different quarterbacks and different organizations.

“… So I don’t think of it as a negative. I look forward to it. I’m a guy that adjusts pretty quick, and wherever I go, like I tell people, I’m going to ball. So I’m not worried about that.”

Brandin Cooks Trade to Houston Texans

Brandin Cooks Trade

Despite moving around the league. Cooks has been a very productive player. However, he failed to have over 1,000 receiving yards for the second time in his career last year.

“I think there’s a lot of nuances that [were] going on last year — not just for me but just from a team standpoint, we had a lot going on,” Cooks said. “At the end of the day, I dealt with some things on the field. But that does not go to show what type of player I am, the production that I’ve been putting in year in, year out since I’ve been in the league. That was just one of those off years. But it comes with the game, but that definitely is not the extreme that you should be looking from me as a player.”

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien believes Cooks will bounce back from his 2019-20 campaign. What will become of the Brandin Cooks trade?

“I think that Brandin brings a lot to the table.” head coach Bill O’Brien said in his pre-draft news conference. “He’s a tremendous route runner, he’s got great speed. [He’s a] really good deep ball player. … I’ve been asked about concussions. Yes, he’s had concussions, but he’s only missed two games since 2015. All of that was taken into account when we worked with Sean McVay on the trade.”

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