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Rams WR Brandin Cooks views Saints matchup as ‘just another game’

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks is not looking for any revenge against his former New Orleans Saints team, calling this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game “just another game”:

“I’ve been back twice now. So, at the end of the day it happens to be just another game,” Cooks said on Wednesday, via Cameron DeSilva of Rams Wire. “I don’t look at it or make it bigger than what it is. I think when you do that you start to lose focus. I learned my lesson the first time I went back there and a couple weeks ago as well. So just take it one snap at a time as you go out there and have fun.”

This isn’t even Cooks’ first meeting with the Saints this season, as the Rams battled the Saints in a 45-35 loss back on Nov. 4.

Cooks was originally drafted by New Orleans back in 2014 and played three years with the club, starting out by catching 53 passes for 550 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games during his rookie campaign and following that up with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2015 and 2016, racking up 84 receptions for 1,138 yards and nine scores in the former year and finishing his Saints tenure by snaring 78 balls for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Saints then proceeded to trade Cooks to the New England Patriots for a first-round draft pick in March 2017. Cooks spent one year with the Patriots, tallying 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven scores before being traded to the Rams last April.

On the year, Cooks hauled in 80 receptions for 1,204 yards while reaching the end zone five times.