Brandin Cook’s tenure as a Dallas Cowboy did not get off to a great start. The veteran wide receiver was a non-factor in his first four games in Dallas. Cooks totaled just nine receptions for 73 yards, an average of just 8.11 Y/R, and did not play much of a role in the offense.
Cooks was a big offseason acquisition along with Stephon Gilmore, and Dallas desperately needed to find a way to utilize his skillset in the offense. Thankfully the Cowboys did just that, and in the last seven games, Cooks has put up some excellent production.
The 30-year-old wide receiver has caught 28 passes for 424 yards and an impressive five touchdowns during that seven-game period. Cooks also has an 84.8% catch percentage, more than doubling his 47.4% mark from his first four games of the year.
En Sounds From The Sideline, Brandin Cooks dice que él mismo pidió que se incluyera esta jugada en el plan de juego.— Mauricio Rodríguez (@MauNFL) November 28, 2023
Funcionó. Touchdown. pic.twitter.com/bCogCHokYA
Brandin Cooks and Dak Prescott on the same page. pic.twitter.com/ILbCOZqkQL— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) November 26, 2023
It should come as no shock that at the same time Dallas started getting Cooks involved in the offense their overall production as a unit skyrocketed. The Cowboys lead the league by a wide margin in offensive EPA/Play (0.219) and Dropback EPA (0.343) since Week 6 and Cooks’ performance has played a big part in their offenses’ success.
The Cowboys face a tough road down the stretch as four of their final five games come against playoff-contending teams. Against more talented opponents Dallas will need Cooks to keep up his recent production to help lessen the load that CeeDee Lamb will need to carry.
With Lamb playing like an All-Pro, better teams will likely dedicate much of the resources they have to slow him down and hope Cooks and the other Cowboys’ receivers can’t beat them. If Cooks keeps playing like he has of late, the veteran wideout seems more than up to the challenge.
Brandin Cooks has been a true X-Factor for the Cowboys’ offense, and if he can keep up his recent production into the postseason Dallas is going to be a hard team to beat.