Texans’ Deshaun Watson already building chemistry with Brandin Cooks
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will no longer be throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, but he has been working out with Brandin Cooks, the guy likely to replace Hopkins as his top target.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Cooks is one of the receivers frequenting Watson’s throwing sessions:
The Texans are ending their virtual offseason program on Thursday, but a lot of players will continue to work out on their own, including quarterback Deshaun Watson throwing to his receivers.
Among the receivers Watson has been working out with are Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb, Keke Coutee and tight end Kahale Warring.
Cooks had tallied at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past four seasons entering the 2019 campaign, but his second year in L.A. was a struggle. The 26-year-old suffered a pair of concussions in a span of just 25 days, and he could not get the ball rolling as the Rams offense sputtered.
Still, there is no questioning Cooks’ abilities as a big-play receiver. He has averaged better than 15 yards per reception in three separate seasons, and is one of the fastest wideouts in football.
The Texans will certainly need Cooks to stay healthy and make himself available for Watson.
Watson targeted Hopkins a whopping 150 times in 2019, so there are plenty of opportunities to go around. However, the former Clemson star is intent on building a rapport with Cooks, who has big shoes to fill as the team’s new No. 1 receiver.