Five Things to Know about Rams WR Brandin Cooks

Los Angeles made its move for another explosive playmaker this week, trading for Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The wideout will join Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp as the potential starters for 2018 and should add a dynamic, vertical presence to the receiving room.

Here are five things to know about the newest Ram:

1) He is one of the NFL's most consistent receivers

Cooks was drafted by the Saints in 2014 as the 20th overall pick. Since then, the Oregon State product has developed into one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league — posting three consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving.

He is also one of just three active players to record at least 1,000 and at least five touchdowns in each of the last three seasons. The only other players on that list are Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and the Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald.

Cooks finished his 2017 campaign in New England with 65 receptions, 1,082 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.

2) Cooks set several records while at Oregon State

Not only did Cooks play in every single game through three seasons at Oregon State, but he was also one of the Beavers' top receivers — awarded the Fred Biletnikoff Award for the nation's top wideout in 2013. 

The combination of Cooks and wide receiver Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and in Oregon State history. In the 2012 season alone, the players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns.

Rams quarterback Sean Mannion was the Oregon State starter for all of Cooks' collegiate career. The duo will reunite during the 2018 offseason program, when Cooks' officially joins the Rams on field.

3) He is an avid photographer

Take a peak at Cooks' Instagram page and you'll immediately notice his passion for photography. When he's not playing football, the young receiver can often be found with a camera in hand, capturing some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes around the world.

According to an interview with ESPN, Cooks' passion for photography developed slowly throughout his life. After his father passed away when Cooks was just six years old, he realized the value in capturing every important moment of his life — good or bad.

"There's not too many pictures I have with my dad growing up, or just moments that we had," he told ESPN. "And I always told myself I want to capture as much as I can. So, I leaned towards photography just because that's the easiest way to capture memories and being able to see them in the future."

4) Cooks spent his first NFL check on a gift for his mother 

Because Cooks grew up primarily in a single-parent household, he is understandably very close to his mother. After declaring for the NFL Draft after the 2013 season, he decided to thank his mom, Andrea, for all she did for him and his three brothers — gifting her with a brand new Mercedes GLK.

And in true Cooks' fashion, he captured the loving moment on video.

5) The story behind his trademark touchdown celebration

Before it was outlawed by new rules governing NFL touchdown celebrations, Cooks' signature bow-and-arrow motion had become his trademark. After every touchdown and every big play, the process was the same: pull back an invisible bow and fire an invisible arrow.

But why a bow and arrow? And why choose the same celebration week after week?

"It has to do with the Bible," Cooks said in an interview with NOLA.com. "That was just one of my things giving my glory to God for blessing me to do what I do." 

The celebration alludes to a Bible verse in which a boy named Ishmael uses his archery to survive in the desert after nearly dying of thirst.

Best photos of newly acquired WR Brandin Cooks. (Photos by AP)

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