Houston Texans WR Brandin prepares NFL leader in Panthers loss
HOUSTON – Houston Texans head coach David Culley dubbed wide receiver Brandin Cooks “Mr. Consistency” after a Week 2 loss to the Cleveland Browns. The reason? He’s the only target that’s still open.
Once again, the Texans’ passing attack battled the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Rookie quarterback Davis Mills was under duress with inconsistent pass protection. The running game was limited and Houston didn’t have much in the wide receiver position.
They still had cooks, who once again lived up to his nickname.
The Cooks recorded nine catches for 112 yards in Houston’s 24-9 loss to Carolina at NRG Stadium. Of Mills’ 28 total passes, 11 went in the veteran’s direction.
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If there’s anything fans can take away from a bad outing over a short week, it’s that once again Cooks will be the safety blanket for anyone taking pictures. Mills didn’t spend a lot of time working with names like Anthony Miller or Jordan Akins.
He spent time with Cooks this week while working with the first team offense. This showed that the two were in sync while working downstream.
In the closing minutes of the second quarter, Mills joined Cooks on a 30-yard catch that would put Houston inside Carolina territory. The two would team up again for a gain of 11, putting the Texans on the Panthers’ 1-yard line.
Mills would connect with Miller for the one-yard score in the next game, reducing Houston by one following a missed field goal.
Six of Cooks’ receptions were over sets over 10 meters. He averaged 13 yards per reception and was left wide open despite the change in direction of the Carolina defense. Houston’s next main receiver was Akins.
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He averages only 7.5 yards per catch.
Cooks has played with four teams since being drafted from Oregon. Of the four teams, he finished with at least one season of over 1,000 yards.
On Friday, he will lead the NFL with 23 total catches for 322 yards and one touchdown in three games. Texans fans will know the record could be broken by Sunday night, but at least fans will have something to cling to to bring them to the weekend.
The Texans will be without veteran QB Tyrod Taylor for at least two more games after Houston places him on the injured reserve list. Mills will return to the starting lineup for games against the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
Both AFC East franchises appear to be playoff contenders.
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Mills’ first departure had its ups and downs. Imagine how things would have been without Cooks as the go-to person?
This is the only bright spot that Houston 1-2 leaves to start the new season.