Cooks is also a rookie and is going to struggle. He's going to be playing in an offense that requires a lot of checks and communication with Brees. Everyone hyped Tavon Austin up majorly last year and look what he did. Don't get me wrong Cooks is more pro-ready IMO, but I would go with Steve Smith over Cooks. The Saints may run the ball quite a bit this year and I see Stills being targeted heavily and Colston will put together another solid year. Nick Toon may shine as well, I think Cooks needs a year at least.
I thought Tayvon Austin was very overrated and was in St. Louis, an offense not exactly known for it's aerial assault.
Kenny Stills got a whopping 51 targets, and he was pretty much a deep threat. I'm not exactly sold on Colston being this huge target. He's good for about 1,000 yards a year. Figure Jimmy Graham gets about 1,200ish. If you figure Brees gets his usual 5,200 yards, that's still 3,000 more that needs to go around. I don't think Nick Toon is going to be stealing a big role from Brandin Cooks. Toon is likely the number five receiver behind Cooks, Colston, Meachem, and Stills. Speaking of Meachem, he's not been doing much.
It's honestly really hard to not see Cooks having a really big year. He's electric and gives you a whole new dynamic in that offense because he can do it all. He fell into the perfect situation with Brees.
I don't think he struggles much because of his situation. He's got an incredibly pass heavy team and a great quarterback to help ease him in. We'll see Thursday, briefly, just how good he is.