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Brandin Cooks flourished vs. AFC South & on third down | Daily Brew

In reflecting on the 2021 Texans season, the Media Relations squad for the franchise compiled some pretty fascinating nuggets about a slew of players.

Their work on WR Brandin Cooks was especially eye-catching.

En route to another 1,000-yard season--1,037, to be exact--Cooks continued to shine against the AFC South, as he did the year before.

The veteran pass-catcher pulled in a combined 29 receptions for 405 yards and two touchdowns in the six games against Houston's division foes. In 2020, Cooks grabbed a combined 42 passes for 602 yards and five scores. So in a dozen career games as a Texan, he has 1,007 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Over the course of a 17-game season with his AFC South averages the past two years, Cooks would pile up 1,516 receiving yards, 105 receptions and 10 touchdowns.

Only three players in the NFL have more than Cooks' 1,007 yards against divisional opponents the past two seasons: the Vikings' Justin Jefferson (1,175) and Green Bay's Davante Adams (1,104) versus the NFC North and Buffalo's Stefon Diggs (1,079) against the AFC East.

Overall in 2021, Cooks was also excellent on third down. Only Jefferson and the Rams' Cooper Kupp had more receiving yards on third down. Cooks finished with 459 yards on third down passes, pulling in 29 of his career-high 90 catches in that situation. So when he was thrown to on third down, Cooks picked up an average of 15.8 yards per catch.

In eight NFL seasons, Cooks has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards six times, and he's done it with four different franchises.

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