Patriots news: Brandin Cooks treating matchup with Saints as just ‘another game’
New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks is set to go up against his former team in the New Orleans Saints on the road this Sunday. While it’s not exactly the same level of on-field reunion as last Monday’s game when Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota to face the Vikings, the media can’t help but build a narrative about Cooks’ approach to the game.
In an interview which was published on the Patriots’ website, Cooks made it clear that Week 2’s showdown with his old team is nothing but just another assignment for him to prepare for and not something that he’s especially circled on his calendar for months.
“I just look at it as another game. When you start to get hyped up too much, you psyche yourself out. So, I’m just looking forward to Week 2 and playing some football.”
Cooks was traded over the offseason by the Saints to New England for a pair of picks (1st and 3rd rounders) in the 2017 NFL Draft. Cooks’ career as a Patriot got off to a decent start production-wise, with Cooks recording 88 receiving yards on three catches as New England was handily beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs, 42-27. He’s looking to get his first touchdown of the season this Sunday at his old stomping grounds.
It’s easy for Cooks to make a statement like this during the week, but trying to keep his emotions in check when he plays in front of tens of thousands of Saints fans who used to cheer for him will likely be a different story. Still, Cooks knows that he’ll have to be as poised as he possibly can in handling the task at hand: getting a victory.