Cooks is another player that has a lot of the same pedigree as Tyrod Taylor. He’s good, but is not the player that is deemed with saving a franchise. He is one of those guys that consistently gets thrown to a different team year after year even though he is a decently respectable player.
Cooks is an explosive player who can do well with the ball in his hands. He’s able to stretch the field with his speed and can work well with some underneath routes as well. He’s a solid, all-around receiver, no matter how many times he’s been traded.
On the season, Cooks has 51 catches for 585 yards and 2 touchdowns (all stats courtesy of pro-football-reference.com) and it’s important to remember that Cooks has had Davis Mills throwing the ball his way over the past few weeks. So, the fact that he has these numbers over the first 8 weeks of the season is actually kind of impressive.
With Taylor’s return to the team this Sunday, the duo will be looking to recreate some of their early season magic and fireworks against a Dolphins secondary that has really struggled this year. If Cooks and Taylor can re-establish their connection quickly in this game, then Miami is going to have a harder time keeping him under wraps.
This responsibility will probably fall on Xavien Howard, who is playing marginally better than he was earlier in the season. If he can continue to get into a rhythm and can keep Cooks in front of him, he should be able to disrupt this passing attack and generate a turnover or two that can give the offense much needed positive field position.