The New Orleans Saints may have won 49-21 against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, but it’s apparently not enough for one of their top players.
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According to Mike Triplett from ESPN.com, Brandin Cooks is frustrated with his role in the team’s offense. This photo Cooks posted on Instagram certainly hints that he’s not happy with how it’s going:
Also, here’s what Triplett added:
“Sources have indicated throughout this season that Cooks has felt a growing frustration with his usage — mostly the idea that he is used too often as a clear-out receiver instead of as a primary option.”
Cooks had zero targets on Sunday and had just seven catches for 42 yards in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. He has just one touchdown in his last four games, but the Saints have scored 133 points during that span.
Cooks came into 2016 as Drew Brees’ top target without a question, but the emergence of rookie Michael Thomas and the breakout of Mark Ingram have made less room for Cooks to shine.
This is something the Saints need to monitor. Their offense is scoring a ton with or without a productive Cooks. If this becomes a huge problem in the locker room, guys like Cooks may not be worth keeping around.
NFL teams feature 53 players on their roster. If one guy makes it about himself, then things will always be a disaster. Hopefully Cooks can either get open more or simply accept the fact he’s not the only star for Brees to throw to.