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Brandin Cooks emerges as Saints star

Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks celebrate one of their four connections in a preseason loss to the Patriots on Aug. 22. (Photo by Mark Lagrange) Drew Brees and Brandin Cooks celebrate one of their four connections in a preseason loss to the Patriots on Aug. 22. (Photo by Mark Lagrange)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks is poised for a monster season.

Entering his second year in the NFL, Cooks dazzled with touchdowns in both preseason games so far, and while he looks every bit the part of the Saints' go to guy, both Cooks and his head coach say there is plenty of room for improvement.

"I'm confident, but as we all know, every day you can get better," Cooks said. "Whether it's press coverage, whether it's blocking. Whether it's running precise routes, whatever the case may be, I still have room to get better."

Coach Sean Payton praised Cooks' work ethic, adding that the young receiver can be too harsh on himself. 

"He's a very diligent worker. Prepares extremely well. He too would be very critical of his own play weekly. Look to, you know, really pick at some of the specifics, know some of the challenges from a stature standpoint, leverages on his blocking, you know just because of his size, Payton said. "But I think just the consistency of just being in a lineup now for the course, you know, getting ready to start a season. You can see the offseason work that he's had. Obviously in his second year, he's progressing along." 

Cooks' versatility will also be on display this season in terms of special teams and fielding punts. Sean Payton said today that his technique has greatly improved and Cooks welcomes any opportunity to get his hands on the ball.

"I enjoy it because any moment I'm on that field, I want to make a game-breaking play," Cooks said. "I definitely enjoy punt return."

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