The Patriots should utilize Cooks more in the red zone

Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Robert McClain (36) so that Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) can gain more yards during the second half of an football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

By this point, everyone knows that New England’s offensive line has not gotten off to the best start this 2017 season, but what about the rest of the offense? The Patriots to set their focus on other offensive players like Brandin Cooks. When the Patriots picked up Cooks they knew he would be a beneficial member of the offense, but Cooks seems to be underutilized at times. Whether it is because Brady is still getting used to the new players or he is just missing his go-to clutch performers, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, something needs to be adjusted.

Other teams are aware that Cooks can be a huge threat which is why the Buccaneers made the cautious decision to double Cooks throughout the game on Thursday night. By doubling Cooks, Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan had only single coverage most of the contest. Despite his small stature, Cooks is just as dangerous in the red zone as other Patriots playermakers. However, at this point, Cooks doesn’t seem to be a top red-zone target for quarterback, Tom Brady.

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At the very least, Brady may want to consider using Cooks as a decoy to open up passing lanes for guys like Hogan and Gronkowski. Brady has thrown endless passes to the tight end and always-open receiver thus far while Cooks has been passed over in the red zone. New England needs to utilize what could be their secret weapon and gain the traction needed to pull off another AFC Championship appearance.

While passing to Gronkowski and Hogan in this past has proven to be beneficial, there is no way to count on the health of Gronkowski. This gives Brady the perfect opportunity to tie up some loose ends on the offense, ultimately making them a more clean and productive machine.

According to SBNation, “Cooks has been an every-down player on offense and ranks 11th in the league with 294 receiving yards. His two receiving touchdowns are tied for sixth most in the league.” Let’s put his skills to the test and give Cooks the opportunity to, as beloved Bobby Boucher would say, “open a can of whoop-ass” on the field.

– Sam Puran is a Staff Writer for cover32/Patriots and covers the New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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