Brandin Cooks is gone. Initially I wanted to see him improve in the Pats system, but I’m over it now. Visions of him catching 50 yard bombs while Edelman moved the stakes ran in my head. It wasn’t meant to be it. OK fair enough. The silver lining is Bill got another first round pick. Once I heard that I felt like Homer Simpson…
Bill and Nick have another first round pick! This means a shot to draft the next Richard Seymour, Daniel Graham, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Ben Watson, Logan Mankins, Jerod Mayo, Malcolm Brown etc. Even the most ardent anti Patriots hater would concede Bill’s record on first round picks is pretty good. If you wanted to nitpick you could say a few didn’t live up to expectations. Laurence Maroney and Brandon Meriweather probably didn’t live up to expectations, BUT they were still good pros. Dominique Easley is in a unique category. It would be wrong to say he’s a bust. He’s a fine player on the Rams now. You could say he was a bad gamble due to his knee problems. In retrospect Bill probably should have just drafted a different DL.
Cooks departure got me thinking….how good was his tenure? Let’s take a look at veteran receivers Bill has brought in, view the results and see where we classify Cooks.
Category 1: Bill struck gold when he bought these guys in!
1. Wes Welker = (926 targets, 672 catches, 7459 yards, 11.1 yards per catch 37 TD)
2. Randy “Straight Cash Homie” Moss (52 games, 259 catches, 3904 yards, 15.1 yards per catch 50 TD)
3. Danny Amendola = (29 targets, 21 catches, 278 yards, 13.2 yards per catch and 2 TD in 3 Super Bowls)
4. David Patten = (165 catches, 2513 yards, 15.2 yards per catch, 16 TD, 3 Super Bowl rings)
Category 2: All things considered these guys worked out reasonably well…………..
1. Brandin Cooks (114 targets, 65 catches, 1082 yards, 16.6 yards per catch 7 TD)
2. Brandon LaFell (111 catches, 1468 yards, 13.2 yards per catch 7 TD)
3. Reche Caldwell (102 targets, 61 catches, 760 yards, 12.5 yards per catch 4 TD)
4. Doug Gabriel (47 targets, 25 catches, 344 yards, 13.8 yards per catch 3 TD)
5. Donte Stallworth (75 targets, 46 catches, 697 yards, 15.2 yards per catch 3 TD)
6. Jabar Gaffney (43 games, 85 catches, 1059 yards, 12.5 yards per catch 8 TD)
7. Brandon Lloyd (131 targets, 74 catches, 911 yards, 12.3 yards per catch 4 TD)
8. Chris Hogan (117 targets, 72 catches, 1119 yards 15.5 yards per catch 9 TD in 24 games)
Category 3: Useful role players/decent when they got a chance
1. Charles Johnson (almost done by the time he got to New England)
2. Dedric Ward (good back end depth receiver in ’03)
3. Sam Aiken (quasi reliable pass catcher in ’08 and ’09)
4. Keshawn Martin (good for a 5th receiver in 2015)
Category 4: no way to sugarcoat it. These guys were a swing and a miss
1. Bert Emanuel (he was done by the time he got to New England)
2. JJ Stokes (2 games, 3 targets, 2 catches, 38 yards, 19.0 yards per catch 0 TD)
3. Chad Ochocino Johnson (lost his skills almost overnight)
4. Joey Galloway (couldn’t pick up the offense)