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Brandin Cooks: Will Saints regret trading him to Patriots?

Brandin Cooks: Will Saints regret trading him to Patriots?

The opponent that week: the New Orleans Saints.

Brees and the Saints face off with the Patriots Sunday at noon on WWL.

Cooks found the end zone eight times last season - an average of every other game in an National Football League season - so it would be nice if he could haul one in Sunday against New Orleans. But although the Saints shipped the dynamic receiver to the Patriots for a first-round pick in the offseason, that doesn't mean he is harboring any resentment toward his former team.

"I think you're always trying to make improvements in every area", he said. That's a great offense, a great team.

Cooks is one of the league's best young wide receivers, but Payton became set on unloading the 23-year-old, at least in part after a late-season spat.

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The Saints quarterback also drew some comparisons with the way both approach the game. "We have a short week to do it so that's what we're preparing to do right now", said Payton. "I know he wanted to run a lot of routes". You know the rest. Crucially, the Patriots forced a three-and-out from Brees, but received the ball at their own 30 with no timeouts and only 1:20 remaining.

One thing Brady didn't lack on Thursday night was time to throw, whether to Cooks or another target. "They played really fast". New Orleans is coming off a 29-19 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

That isn't Cooks' problem, as he is locked in with the Patriots through 2018.

I would never say a Patriots team with Belichick and Brady can't get it done.

Coincidentally, another solid-yet-unspectacular former No. 1 overall pick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Saints got the New England Patriots 2017 first and third round picks for Cooks.

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"The Packers take the top spot because in Week 1, they looked like they finally have the championship-level defense to match their QB", said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.

The Patriots are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against the Saints. Week 1 showed that the Saints defense has a long way to go. They gave Gilmore a five-year, $65 million contract in March and will see if they can figure it out with Butler in free agency. "A big test will be to see if they can keep it up this week against Atlanta".

The Patriots' jet has the team logo on the side and five Lombardi (Super Bowl) Trophies on the tail.

"Guys like him, like DeSean Jackson, he's definitely one of those guys [on the short list of the league's most unsafe deep threats]", said Vaccaro, who pointed out that he sees Cooks playing much of the same role in New England that he played in New Orleans, whether Cooks likes it or not.

Cooks did acknowledge that the Patriots need to come out "with a sense of urgency" against the Saints after Brady implied that they were lacking in that department against the Chiefs. They have to get Brees into manageable third downs, which they didn't do last week, especially with backups starting at both tackle spots.

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