Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks is having a wonderful season and on Sunday he added to it with 4 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the 25-20 win over the Seahawks.

That Saints ran 70 plays and balanced the attack perfectly with 35 runs and 35 passes. Cooks joined The Jim Rome Show on Monday and talked about how a balanced attack on offense can be a huge asset in the NFL.

“Anytime you have a balanced offense that can be dangerous. With the receiving corps that we have and the guys in the backfield that we have, I think that will take us a long way. If we can continue to be balanced and not one-dimensional, I think we got something special.”

Cooks is known for his speed and has already scored twice on plays over 80 yards this season. However, he’s intent on rounding out his game.

“I don’t want to become known as a one-dimensional player and then defenses can scheme against me in just one way. I look at other guys like Steve Smith, Antonio Brown and how they’re all over the field. That’s what I strive to be. I want to hurt defenses in different ways and not just down the field. It’s fun to be able to do that, but at the same time I like to go across the middle and take some of them licks sometimes. It’s part of the game. It’s fun. You just live for those moments—catching big passes across the middle and getting hit by a linebacker or a safety, and being 5’9”, guys think I can’t do that.”

Cooks described what it’s like to pop right back from those big hits.

“You get these looks. They really don’t say anything. It’s the look like, “Did you really just get from up that?” That’s way you earn respect from defenders when you do things like that. That’s why I take so much pride in moments like that.”


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