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Rams WR Brandin Cooks says time with Patriots made him a ‘smarter football player’

With the Los Angeles Rams set to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, this will mark the second consecutive Super Bowl appearance for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Despite being knocked out of the Super Bowl last year as a member of the Patriots, Cooks looks back on his time with New England fondly.

Speaking to the media ahead of next week’s Super Bowl matchup, Cooks noted that going to New England in 2017 was good for him, as it made him a “smarter” player on the field, per Myles Simmons of the Rams’ official website.

“I became a smarter football player — just learning from Belichick and McDaniels,” Cooks said on Monday.“A great place to play, enjoyed my time there. A lot of respect for everyone that’s there. But there’s a lot of great things that are coming out of there that I learned — too much to probably just sit here and talk about.”

In 2017, Cooks piled up the stats, bringing in 65 catches for 1,082 yards, giving him a career-high average of 16.6 yards per reception. Unfortunately for Cooks, a rough hit at the beginning of Super Bowl LII caused him to miss the remainder of the game.

While Cooks did end up missing most of the Super Bowl, he still knows exactly what it’s like to prepare for the game, and for him, that means taking it day by day. “Just take it one day at a time. If we really believe in trusting our process, there’s no need to change up any of that going into the Super Bowl,” he said. “Just continue to trust it, take it one day at a time, have fun, enjoy it. But at the end of the day, once you step between those white lines, it’s football again.”

As for Cooks, his message to the team and to any player involved in the Super Bowl was pretty simple, advising everyone to simply to enjoy it. “Just enjoy it. Soak it in, because it’s no promise that you’re going back.”