Patriots gridiron news: Tom Brady compliments uniqueness of Brandin Cooks

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandin Cooks
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Brandin Cooks /

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues to give rave reviews about his new wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

It wasn’t quite the Randy Moss debut of 2007, but Brandin Cooks did give New England Patriots fans something to get excited about.

During Thursday night’s 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Cooks and Tom Brady connected a few times, including a 54-yard bomb in the third quarter.

While it is obvious the two are still working on chemistry, Brady knows he has something special in Cooks.

Speaking with the New Orleans media Wednesday, Brady was asked to compare Cooks to one of the many receivers he has worked with, which was hard for the 40-year-old quarterback to do.

"“I think he’s pretty unique,” Brady said, as transcribed by WEEI.  “I don’t think there’s many that I’ve played with that are like him.  Like I said, his maturity is probably what surprised me the most for a 23 year old athlete to be so – he’s just on it.  Every day he shows up.  He works his butt off.  He wants to do extra.  He wants to know what I’m thinking.  He just wants to do the right thing all of the time.  It’s fun to see.”"

Hopefully, it will be fun to watch when Brady and Cooks start connecting on a regular basis.  With the amount of physical talent he possesses, along with his mental maturity, Brandin Cooks could transcend into a multi-dimensional weapon with the Patriots.

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With the season-ending injury suffered by Julian Edelman, Brady is looking for the next go-to guy in key situations.

As the two prepare to rebound this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, their competitive nature is sure to lead to a big game.  Expect more than the three catches he hauled in during the team’s Week 1 loss.

Team confirms Danny Amendola suffered concussion

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 07: Danny Amendola
FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 07: Danny Amendola /

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the New England Patriots confirmed Wednesday that Danny Amendola did indeed suffer a concussion during last Thursday’s season opener against the Kanas City Chiefs.

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Amendola left the game due to a head injury following a six catch, 100-yard receiving

performance.  The team reported that the veteran wide receiver also suffered a knee injury during the game.  The extent of that knee injury is unknown, but doesn’t appear to be too serious.

Amendola’s availability for Sunday’s showdown against the New Orleans Saints is uncertain, but unlikely since he has not returned to the practice field as of Wednesday.  The extent of the concussion could sideline him for a few weeks.

Ryan Lewis added to the practice squad

The team announced Wednesday that they have signed CB Ryan Lewis to the practice squad.

A rookie free agent out of Pittsburgh, Lewis takes the practice squad spot previously held by running back D.J. Foster.  According to, the 6-foot, 200-pound Lewis played in 51 games during his college career.  He finished with a total of 79 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed.

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In joining the Patriots, Ryan Lewis joins a fellow Pittsburgh alum with the same last name in running back Dion Lewis.