Originally posted by OnTheClock:It's not just you. He really does not play to his timed speed. He's obviously not slow. He is overall a decently fast player, likely in the mid-to-upper 4.4 range on the field, but he is a lot like AJ Jenkins in the sense he simply does not have that breakaway-leave-the-defenders-in-the-dust speed that players like Watkins, Moncrief, and Bryant have. Those players timed in the low 4.4s, but on the field you can tell they are faster. I'd take the first two in that list over Cooks.
Was the problem with Jenkins that he did not have break-away-leave-the-defenders-in-the-dust speed?
I think that Cooks is fast enough to stretch the field, and even more importantly he would be an actual threat--not just a decoy.
Cooks has more experience running a complete route tree than either Moncrief or Bryant.
I have nothing against Moncrief or Bryant, but in the last two years, Cooks really did have excellent production.
His lack of playing speed did seem to impact his ability to play football.
Cooks, Brandin--25 games, 195 receptions, 2881 yards, 21 TDs. Average of 14.77 yards a catch and 115.24 yards a game.
Moncrief, Donte 26 games, 125 receptions, 1917 yards, 16 TDs. Average of 15.34 yards a catch and 73.73 yards a game.
Bryant, Martavis--23 games, 52 receptions, 1133 yards, 11 TDs. Average of 21.79 yards a catch and 49.26 yards a game.