Jim Rome- After working out with the 7-time Pro Bowler over the summer, New Orleans Saints wideout Brandin Cooks said on The Jim Rome Show, not only could the 38-year old former superstar still play in the league, he could have immediate success.
“He could step on the field today, this Sunday, and I bet you he could probably go for a 100 yards,” Cooks said.
“He was running with us. It’s not like he was just out there coaching,” Cooks said. “He was actually running the conditioning, running the routes, and he still looked smooth.”
The second year pro said Moss and other experienced wideouts at the workouts helped him with his game both physically and mentally.
“It was definitely different to see from his perspective, a guy that did it for so long,” Cooks said of Moss. “I was out there with Steve Smith as well, just to pick their brain and the knowledge of the game. So definitely one of those things that helped my game over the summer as I get ready for camp and the season.”
I've got to say, I definitely don't hate this little love affair that Brandin Cooks has going on with one of the best wide receivers in NFL history, Randy Moss. There are undoubtedly worse players he could be looking up to as someone that is trying to become a dominant pass catcher. So yeah, I guess this could just be a compliment that should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially after Randy Moss was so complimentary of Cooks after working with him over the offseason. However, if we were placing bets on wide receivers in their late 30's that could step on a football field after not practicing for a couple of months and rack up 100 yards without blinking then Randy Moss is my first pick. Hell, he would be the consensus first overall pick.
Let's not forget who we are talking about. We are talking about the guy that was a physical freak before physical freaks became common place in the NFL. I don't think he could come in cold turkey and master the route tree in a game type atmosphere, but do I think he could step up to the line of scrimmage and blow the top off of a defense once or twice? I sure do. When you are blessed with that much natural talent you never lose that ability to use it. It's not probable that Randy Moss would hit triple digits in receiving yards if he laced them up tomorrow. The truth is it's rather unlikely, but considering that we are discussing a person who's career was built upon the ability to make the impossible look routine, I am not going to sit here and put it past him. I already had a soft spot for Randy Moss, but if he's responsible for Brandin Cooks scoring even one more touchdown this year then I will defend his ability to play wide receiver on the NFL level until he's laying on his death bed.