One of the big splash moves that the Los Angeles Rams have had over this offseason was the acquisition of veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. This had added a proven commodity to the passing game that could be a major part of the game plan in the 2018 campaign and possibly further.
It has also given Pro Bowl quarterback another offensive weapon that he could use to further boost the Rams’ explosive offense. With that in mind, Goff voiced on Monday his excitement toward the chance to work closely with Cooks this offseason ahead of next season, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN:
“It’s all rhythm; it’s all timing,” Goff said Monday, which marked the start of the Rams’ offseason program. “I think any time you can get this extra time with guys like that, especially the deep stuff, getting open — I look forward to working with him, and I know he’s excited.”
Goff’s positive outlook on the addition is likely due to the caliber of wide receiver the Rams have added to the mix. Through his first four seasons in the league, Cooks has proven to be one of the most explosive talents at his position with his speed and big-play ability.
In his lone campaign with the New England Patriots, he recorded 65 catches for 1,082 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. This helped him join Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown as the only players in the last three straight seasons to notch at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. He is also one of four players to accomplish that feat prior to turning 25 years old joining Hall of Famer Randy Moss (1998-2001), Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-16), and John Jefferson (1978-80).
There is a chance for Cooks to more than step into the role that Sammy Watkins held last season and expand upon it. He could become the team’s most dynamic vertical threat as a primary target in the passing game. The chemistry that both he and Goff build over the offseason will play a huge part in helping that come to fruition in the 2018 season.