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Texans get Brandin Cooks going early and often vs. Jaguars

Brandin Cooks had himself a day.

The veteran receiver roasted the Jaguars in Sunday's 30-14 victory, catching eight passes for 161 yards and a score.

After a week of upheaval in the Texans organization, Cooks came up big for Houston. Five of his eight catches from quarterback Deshaun Watson were for 22 yards or more. He pulled in a pair of 36-yarders, and scored on a 28-yarder.

As much as the ball went his way--he was targeted 12 times--Cooks was very quick to distribute the praise elsewhere.

"Deshaun was throwing great passes today, o-line was blocking well, running backs, as well," Cooks said. "It takes a collective effort, and so I'm just thankful from that standpoint."

Getting Cooks involved, and involved from the outset, was very important to Watson and the offense.

"I know Cooky didn't have a catch last week so we wanted to get him going early," Watson said. "He had a big day, made some big-time catches."

Watson would finish with 359 passing yards, tossing a trio of touchdowns. One went to Cooks on 4th-and-4 in the fourth quarter, and helped put the game away for Houston. It was his first score as a Texan, and he now has 18 receptions for 299 yards through five games.

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel, who took over for Bill O'Brien on Monday afternoon, liked seeing the Watson-to-Cooks duo have such success.

"Today Cooks was there and they connected," Crennel said. "And then once they started connecting, you keep feeding him, and he had a great game in production and helped us win."

Cooks and the Texans will face the Titans next Sunday in Nashville at Noon CT.

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