Brandin Cooks already fitting in with teammates...virtually

Brandin Cooks hasn't met with his teammates face-to-face, but he's still fitting in fine.

Cooks, the Texans and the rest of the NFL are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic by taking part in virtual offseason programs. In Cooks' case, he's learning a new offense after two years with the Rams, but he explained it's been a pretty smooth process.

"It's pretty similar as if you were in a classroom, just you're not physically there," Cooks said Thursday in a Zoom conference with the media. "But they do such a great job from a coaching standpoint in elaborating and sharing screens, so being able to put a voice to a face is still there, just not physically."

The offseason program began on Monday and will last through May 15. A few weeks ago, Texans general manager and head coach Bill O'Brien expressed his confidence in the ability for him and his coaches to clearly communicate with players.

"I feel good about those guys learning and seeing because you can see and you can teach, you can show film," O'Brien said.

While Cooks has absorbed the playbook over the week of meetings, he's done like the rest of his teammates and continued to prepare physically for the 2020 season.

"I'm working out every single day," Cooks said. "I have a gym in my garage. The most important thing is, whenever we are able to go back, I think the biggest thing I tell guys is just be in shape and not taking this time as a time to relax or to sit back, just because you never know when we're able to get back out there as a team so you want to be ready."

Cooks is excited to be with the Texans and looks forward to what he and the offense can do in 2020.

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