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Basic StatsBrandin Cooks's Basic Stats

Brandin Cooks
ADP: 12.9
Bye: 7
Experience: 10
Age: 30.8
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 189
40 Time: 4.33
Speed Score: 103.10

SPARQx (Rank): 132.90 (98%)
Burst Score (Rank): 121.20 (49%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.57 (98%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.21 (85%)

Injury PredictorBrandin Cooks's Injury Guide

Low Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Guide, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 9, 2015 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 The Saints added Cooks to the injury report Thursday for a concussion. (Not clear when it happened.) He returned in time for Sunday's game.
Nov 16, 2014 NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Cooks fractured his left thumb in Week 11 and was placed on IR, missing the rest of the season.
Feb 4, 2018 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Cooks left in the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl after suffering a concussion.
Oct 27, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Cooks suffered a concussion injury in the first quarter in Week 8's game against the Bengals. He missed two games
Sep 7, 2020 NFL Leg Quad Strain Cooks managed a quad injury during training camp. He didn't miss a game due to it
Dec 1, 2022 NFL Leg Calf Pull Cooks was injured in practice.
Sep 10, 2023 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Cooks dealt with a "slight" sprain, per ESPN. He missed one game.

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Bottom Line

Since dropping a 90-1,037-6 line in 2021, Cooks has totaled 111-1,356-11 over the past two seasons. His advanced numbers also show a player in decline.

Still, the makeup of Dallas’ depth chart suggests the 31-year-old will have a shot at another 80-90 targets. He settles in as a WR5/spot starter.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Dallas traded 5th and 6th-round picks for Cooks in March.
  • He missed one game with a "slight" MCL sprain, per ESPN. That surely contributed to a slow start that included only 165 yards over his first seven appearances.
  • Cooks broke out in Week 10 vs. the Giants (9-173-1).
    • That single game accounted for 16.6% of his total catches, 26.3% of his total yards, and 12.5% of his total TDs.
    • He didn’t reach 75 yards in any other game.
  • Overall, among 44 WRs with 90+ targets, Cooks ranked 22nd in catch rate, 30th in yards per catch, 44th in yards after catch per reception, and 42nd in yards per route run.
  • He saw a subpar 13.3% target share, equating to just 5 targets per game.
  • Cooks’ underwhelming season came despite Prescott ranking third in passing yards; fourth in pass attempts.

What to Expect in 2024

  • Dallas failed to make a notable WR upgrade this offseason.
    • That keeps Cooks in line for the WR2 role behind target hog CeeDee Lamb.
  • Dallas' WR depth, which includes names like Jalen Tolbert, KaVontae Turpin, and rookie Ryan Flournoy, remains unproven.
  • The Cowboys return Dak Prescott and HC Mike McCarthy/OC Brian Schottenheimer.
  • Questions in the backfield should have this unit continuing to lean pass.
    • Current RB depth turns up Zeke Elliott, Rico Dowdle, and Royce Freeman as top options.
    • The ‘23 Cowboys already ranked fourth in pass rate over expected.
    • Our ‘24 projections have Dallas at a healthy 61.3% pass rate.
  • Cooks enters the offseason healthy. It’s possible the MCL sprain that kicked off his 2023 affected him moving forward.

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Brandin Cooks expected to play Week 15

Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (illness) is expected to play vs. the Bills today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cooks only got in a limited practice on Wednesday, but we're expecting him to play his usual role today, barring any further reports on his status.

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Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bills. He only got in a limited practice on Wednesday. Guys almost always play through illness, so we’re expecting Cooks to be out there this weekend. But we’ll look for further updates on his status. WR Jalen Tolbert (illness) is also questionable.

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Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) is not listed on the final Week 3 injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Cooks should be ready for his usual role in Sunday’s plus matchup vs. the Cardinals.

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Cowboys WR Brandin Cooks (knee) was upgraded to full participation in Thursday's practice. He's on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Cardinals. Dallas is sporting a big 27.75-point implied total for that one, making Cooks an upside WR4 option.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that WR Brandin Cooks (knee) is expected to be limited in practice on Wednesday, a full-go on Thursday, and then play vs. the Cardinals this weekend. We'll track his progress throughout the week.

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