New England Patriots: Brandin Cooks draws praise from Bill Belichick

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Brandin Cooks
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Brandin Cooks /

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was so impressed with Brandin Cooks, he used a first-round pick to obtain him.

Whenever New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes time to directly praise a player, that player must be special.

Acquired in an offseason trade with the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Brandin Cooks will bring a missing element to the Patriots offense.  A dangerous deep threat, the speedy receiver is looking to prove he can be more versatile in an offense.  He will definitely get that opportunity in New England.

So far, he has displayed an impressive work ethic as he is developing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady.  His hard work and attention to detail has impressed coaches and teammates.  That includes Belichick who took some time to offer high praise of his new receiver.

More from New England Patriots

"“Brandin’s worked hard.  Definitely, he has some skill.  A transition for him [from New Orleans]; he’s working hard to make it,” Belichick told reporters, via ESPN.  “We’ll see how it goes when we get into a more competitive situation, but he learns well.  It looks like he’s been able to do some multiple things, but we’ll see how all of that transfers in training camp.”"

The “some skill” Belichick is referring to has resulted in over 10 touchdown receptions the last couple seasons to go along with over 1,000 yards receiving over those seasons.  While he may not put up those types of numbers in New England due to the level of depth the team has, he will be incorporated into the offense in a number of ways.

How he adapts to that versatility and expectations remains to be seen, but at least he is up to the challenge and certainly has the talent to become something extra special.

Next: Boston Celtics player report card 2016-17: Kelly Olynyk

Brandin Cooks joins a receiving group that consists of Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Andrew Hawkins.  That doesn’t include an explosive passing attack that will also include tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen and running backs James White, Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead.