In Their Own Words: Brandin Cooks on His Outlook for 2018

The Rams became wide receiver Brandin Cooks' third team in three years when Los Angeles acquired him from New England. Drafted as the Saints' 20th overall pick in 2014, Cooks was then traded to the Patriots after three seasons in exchange for a first-round draft pick.

One year after that, the Rams made a similar deal — sending a first rounder of their own to the Patriots to pick up the dynamic wideout.

While some players would complain about the rapid change, these factors don't seem to phase Cooks. Instead the self-described "silent assassin," views Los Angeles as a city of opportunity and the chance to play under head coach Sean McVay as a blessing.

Here is Brandin Cooks in his own words:


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

On how it feels to be a Los Angeles Ram:*

"I'm overcome with joy and gratitude to be able to have a special opportunity like this. It's an extreme blessing. Words can't explain it. I'm glad to be back on the West Coast and I'm looking forward to playing for such a great organization. To be closer to home where the sun is shining every single day, you can't complain about that."

On being traded in back-to-back years for first-round Draft picks:

"The way I look at it and people have asked me, are you upset? Absolutely not. I'm able to play this game that millions would love to be in my shoes. And the fact another first rounder? My family, they joke about it like you've been  drafted in the first round three times, has anyone done that? So we try to take the positive out of everything. There's a lot of positives in this one just like the last one. I can't complain at all."

*On how he would describe himself as a player: *

"Silent assassin. I come and I just go to work. I don't want the glory, I don't want to fame. I just come in and always my whole life just wanted to do the best that I can do and be the best that I can be to help my team. I'm not looking for anything selfishly, I just want to help my team whatever case I can to be able to win games at the end of the day and do it in a quiet format." 

On what picture he wants to put out to fans hers in Los Angeles:

"I'm just coming here humbly and I'm coming in here with the mindset of team first. I know that can be so cliche, but that's how I believe that you build a better team is when you start to think about others' dreams and you're playing for other guys around you and not necessarily yourself. So, I just want to come in here and be the best that I can be, listen with my head down and go to work."

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