Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks traded to the Los Angeles Rams

The New England Patriots have traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

According to ESPN, New England will receive the Rams 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and a sixth-round pick.

Cooks, 24, caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns in his only season with New England. The Rams will not only get a speedy receiver, but also a player who is grounded in his faith in Christ.

In Super Bowl LII, Cooks was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after being hit by Eagles’ Malcom Jenkins on a 23-yard reception. After the game, he expressed his disappointment in the loss on twitter.

Back at training camp last August, he was asked about the meaning behind his arrow celebration.

It comes from Psalms 144:6: ‘Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy; shoot your arrows and rout them,’” Cooks told the Boston Herald “It’s just one of those things that my faith is the biggest part of my life and I feel like the reason why I am where I am today with the gifts that I have.

“It’s just another way to be able to glorify God rather than just pointing to the sky [after a touchdown]. Just bringing a unique way, so my hope is when fans see me, they see God in me. That’s the biggest part of it all. If anything, I’m shooting it at God. It’s my way of thanking him and bringing a little twist to it.”

The Rams will open offseason activities on April 16.

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