5'10'' / 189 lbs
Sent to Cowboys
The Cowboys acquired Cooks from the Texans on Sunday in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick and a 2024 sixth-round draft pick, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Cooks, who is coming off a 2022 season in which he caught 57 passes (on 93 targets) for 699 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games for Houston, will bolster a Dallas wideout corps that also features returnees CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Since being drafted by the Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks -- who turns 30 in September -- has been traded four times. With the Cowboys, the 5-foot-10, 183-pounder's speed and experience should be an asset to a pass-catching corps that will continue to be highlighted by Lamb, and if Cooks is able to stay healthy in 2023, an uptick in production is a plausible outcome while working in an offense helmed by quarterback Dak Prescott.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
|1 IND||Dome 88°||15.2||23rd||2.17||7.0||45.5||12||7||82||0||11.7||10||2||22%||2||1||0||33%||23%||0%||75%|
|2 @DEN||Outdoor 79°||9.4||49th||2.35||10.5||45.5||10||4||54||0||13.5||6||7||20%||2||2||0||27%||28%||0%||72%|
|3 @CHI||Outdoor 65°||4.2||80th||2.10||3.0||40.5||7||2||22||0||11.0||11||1||0%||1||0||0||23%||20%||0%||80%|
|4 LAC||Dome 78°||18.7||14th||2.67||5.5||45.5||7||7||57||1||8.1||6||2||0%||2||1||0||20%||30%||0%||70%|
|5 @JAC||Outdoor 87°||6.0||69th||1.50||6.5||44.5||6||4||20||0||5.0||0||5||0%||0||0||0||25%||31%||0%||69%|
|7 @LV||Dome 65°||8.6||48th||2.15||7.0||45.5||5||4||46||0||11.5||8||4||20%||2||1||0||13%||29%||0%||71%|
|8 TEN||Dome 75°||11.3||37th||2.83||1.5||40.5||6||4||73||0||18.3||17||2||0%||2||2||0||20%||16%||2%||82%|
|10 @NYG||Outdoor 50°||8.2||50th||1.64||5.0||40.5||7||4||37||0||9.3||7||2||0%||1||1||0||19%||37%||0%||63%|
|11 WAS||Dome 51°||10.0||39th||3.33||3.0||40.5||6||3||70||0||23.3||5||18||25%||3||1||0||19%||29%||0%||71%|
|12 @MIA||Outdoor 84°||11.1||41st||1.85||14.0||45.5||5||5||59||0||11.8||9||2||0%||2||1||0||13%||23%||2%||74%|
|16 @TEN||Outdoor 22°||13.4||29th||3.35||3.0||35.5||9||4||34||1||8.5||8||1||0%||1||0||0||31%||20%||0%||80%|
|17 JAC||Dome 70°||7.9||38th||1.98||3.5||43.5||7||4||39||0||9.8||7||3||0%||2||0||0||17%||11%||0%||89%|
|18 @IND||Dome 36°||21.6||7th||4.32||3.0||38.5||6||5||106||1||21.2||17||4||0%||4||3||0||16%||17%||0%||81%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2014 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
Wants to move on
Cooks told front office personnel that he does not want to be part of Houston's rebuilding process, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cooks reiterated his desire to play for a team with a chance to compete for a championship, which is unlikely to happen any time soon in Houston. This should not come as a surprise, as Cooks expressed displeasure when he wasn't moved at the trade deadline. He has a massive cap hit in the final two years of his deal, so Houston will likely have to eat a portion of his salary in order to move him. That was an obstacle the Texans ran into at the deadline.
Eclipses century mark in win
Cooks secured five of six targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 32-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.
If Sunday was indeed Cooks' swan song in Houston, he went out with a flourish. The veteran wideout led the Texans in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon, and he had a key 30-yard grab on Houston's wild game-winning drive. In a somewhat tumultuous season that saw Cooks express his displeasure with not being traded to a contender at the deadline, the nine-year veteran posted a 57-699-3 line across 13 games despite the team's shaky quarterback situation. Cooks has a massive cap hit of over $26 million for 2023, so if he's indeed moving on as appears very likely, he's made a solid case heading into free agency.
Reels in four passes
Cooks caught four passes for 39 yards on seven targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.
Cooks remains one of the league's better receivers in real life, but his fantasy impact is dulled by Houston's consistently poor quarterback play. The Texans attempted 44 passes Sunday but produced just 193 yards, and it's not easy for any receiver to thrive in circumstances like those. Cooks and the Texans meet Indianapolis in Week 18.
Set to suit up Sunday
Cooks (personal) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
Cooks made an appearance on Thursday's practice report as a DNP due to personal reasons, but it won't stop him from being available for Week 17 action. He'll be facing a Jacksonville defense Sunday that contained him to four catches (on six targets) for a season-low 20 yards back in Week 5.
Misses practice Thursday
Cooks did not participate in Thursday's practice and was listed as "Not Injury Related - Personal" on the Texans' injury report.
Cooks' absence was thus unrelated to the calf injury that forced him to miss three games before participating in last week's win over the Titans. He not only participated but caught the go-ahead touchdown against Tennessee. Houston offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton told Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle that he expects Cooks to practice Friday.