Rams’ Jared Goff, Brandin Cooks already building rapport
The Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday afternoon made yet another splash move this offseason with the acquisition of veteran wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots. It has snagged them another proven talent to the mix that could quickly become a big piece to the puzzle.
A major part of that notion coming to fruition will be the connection on the field that both Cooks and Goff share. According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the two have already begun building that relationship this offseason as the two are represented by the same agency that has allowed for them to take steps toward strengthening that crucial bond.
Two #Rams notes on the Brandin Cooks trade: 1. Cooks and QB Jared Goff have already been throwing together this offseason, building a rapport. 2. LA believes Cooks is more of an impact player than they could get at 23. And they still have 8 draft picks, including 4 in the top 136
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2018
The addition of Cooks provides the Rams with a proven asset in the passing game that can be an effective deep-ball threat along with his big-play ability. It is a void that he could potentially fill that Sammy Watkins left this offseason when joined the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $48 million deal in free agency.
The 24-year-old is a highly talented player that could step in as one of the primary targets for Goff along the rest of their young wide receiver group. He has had much success in his first four years in the league coming off another productive campaign where he made 65 catches for 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his lone season with the Patriots. This marked his third straight year with at least 1,000 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
Given that the Rams have yet to organize for any team-related activities, there is plenty of time for Goff and Cooks to build a strong rapport that could lead to another highly productive season while helping the team build off their first playoff appearance in over a decade. Simply put, there is plenty of reason for optimism that Cooks could become a huge piece of the long-term future.