New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick thinks very highly of new wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who the team traded for in the offseason. He recently compared his situation to a pair of other prolific free agent additions.
“When you acquire a player, it doesn’t mean that you don’t think the player has value. I mean, I think Brandin Cooks has a lot of value, but what exactly it is, how it’s all going to turn out with him back in April, I don’t know,” Belichick said, per Mike Petraglia of CLNS Media. “You know, we haven’t even run a play yet, so that’s what the spring and that’s what training camp is for. Maybe it’s kind of, ‘Well, this is what I envision it being,’ but it turns out to be something different, like Randy Moss. You know, we got Randy Moss. We kind of, I would say, thought it was going to be one thing. Well, it was a lot more than that. Wes Welker, same thing. We kind of thought it would be one thing — playing slot, return punts. Well, it turned out to be a lot more than that.”
Moss helped quarterback Tom Brady break a slew of offensive records in 2007, when the Patriots went 18-0 before losing to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Welker changed the team’s offense and put up over 1,100 yards in all but one of his six seasons in New England.
Belichick did admit that it was a process, though, and that it didn’t always turn out as well as it did with Moss and Welker.
“Sometimes it turns out to be a little bit less, but you know you’re going to go through that process with a player,” he said. “But, usually you bring a guy in if you have a role for him. I mean, otherwise, why would you bring a guy in if you already have two guys that can do this job? You don’t really need a third guy to come in and do that. Look, depth is always good to have, but you know what I mean. Realistically, how many guys do you need in a certain role? There’s probably going to be other things on your team that you need more.”
They made that move for Cooks because they knew he could give their offense something it lacked, and he’s delivered with 472 yards and two scores thus far.
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