BALTIMORE — Brandin Cooks offered a glimpse of what he can be to the New Orleans Saints’ offense in Thursday night’s preseason-opening loss to Baltimore.
It just took a little time.
Quiet through the Saints’ first two drives even though he was targeted twice by Luke McCown, Cooks came alive on the third drive, making two highlight plays that showed exactly what he can bring to the offense.
The first didn’t count.
Flying down the sideline, Cooks beat Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson to the end zone and hauled in a perfectly-thrown 36-yard rainbow from McCown.
The only problem? Cooks stepped out of bounds on his route.
“I should know that,” Cooks said. “As a receiver, you need to be aware of where you are on the field, and as I was running, I kind of lost that track. That’s what this is all about, to feel those little things, come back out here from not playing football in a while and feel those things.”
Three plays later, Cooks took a screen from McCown and followed crushing blocks from Terron Armstead, Max Unger and Josh Morgan into the end zone for a 28-yard score.
“That touchdown, it was a great call by Coach, and it was great blocking,” Cooks said. “All I had to do was catch the ball and run.”
If the Saints have their way, Cooks will be doing plenty of both this season.