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Rams WR Brandin Cooks inspired to improve in LA’s ‘special’ offense

Brandin Cooks, Rams

The Los Angeles Rams offense was the best in the league last season. First-year head coach Sean McVay engineered quite a turnaround as they went from dead-last in scoring in 2016 all the way up to first with 29.9 points per game.

But that already potent Rams offense could get even better this season after the addition of big-play receiver Brandin Cooks. The 24-year-old admits that he thought about the team’s offense from afar and that being a part of it has inspired him to take his game to another level.

“Coming here from a distance, you knew this offense was special,” Cooks said per Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “You always wonder why. And now, you get here and you’re finding out all the reasons why that’s the case. It’s great to be able to come in here and have some freshness to it.

“It makes you want to learn more and become a better player.”

Cooks is coming off a strong lone season with the New England Patriots last year. He had 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns, but that apparently wasn’t enough to convince the team that he was a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver.

That won’t be the case in Los Angeles, where McVay believes Cooks is capable of fitting any system. McVay has also been impressed by Cooks’ game-changing speed, which could bring a different dimension to the Rams offense after Sammy Watkins was a bit too inconsistent in that role as a big-play threat last season.

With Cooks adding another weapon to a Rams attack that features Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods, LA’s already “special” offense has a good chance of getting even better this year.