When you talk about the Patriots, you’re talking about a team that has been there, seen it, done it. So when tight end Rob Gronkowski was pulled out of the game last Sunday because of a concussion, where most teams would panic, the Patriots shook it off, got the win and persevered.
Being able to adapt is what the Pats are all about so if Gronkowski is out on Super Bowl Sunday against the Eagles then his stand in Brandin Cooks is more than capable to do the job.
Cooks was instrumental in the huge comeback against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cooks got his third 100-yard game of the 2017 season. He also drew two massive penalties that totalled 68 yards.
Matthew Slater, who is part of the Patriots’ special teams said: “His talent is undeniable.”
Cooks told the press this week: “I think it’s growing day-by-day, every single practice, every single game,” adding: “The great thing about it is, we have another chance to grow that trust in a couple of weeks.”
As the season progressed you could see Cooks adapting the Patriots’ style of play and those around him have talked highly of his work rate. As proof, NFL film captured Cooks on film and audio ramping up his teammates during the AFC title game against the Jaguars. Cooks said to his teammate emphatically: “We never said it was going to be easy! We just said we were going to get it done!” True leadership quality indeed.
His list of growing fans include Patriots receiver Chris Hogan, he said of Cooks: “Brandin in one of the hardest workers I’ve been around,” and added: “He cares a lot about this team. For being a guy who just got here, he cares a lot about this team. He cares a lot about winning.”
With the Super Bowl round the corner Cooks will have his chance to leave an indelible mark on the game, and may even come out a winner if the Pats have their way. He missed the playoffs during his first three seasons at New England, but this time he maybe Brady’s go to guy, and that suits him just fine.
Cooks said: “You’ve got to be able to treat it like you’re never going to get this opportunity again,” and added: “We’re fortunate as a team, so we’ve got to look at it from that standpoint. We never know if we can get back here, so give it all you’ve got.”