Cooks, who played one year with the Patriots before coming to the west coast, was quick to jump on the Rams team first mentality.
“I believe that [the way] you build a better team is when you start to think about others’ dreams and you’re playing for other guys around you and not necessarily yourself,” Cooks said. “So, I just want to come in here and be the best that I can be, listen with my head down and go to work.”
The Rams have been everything but bashful this offseason, making blockbuster moves almost weekly to try and improve on a team that boasted the franchise’s first winning record in 14 years last season and was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. The moves began by fortifying the defense through adding All-Pro cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib then signing defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to pair with defensive player of the year Aaron Donald. However, the addition of Cooks was something second year head coach Sean McVay is really adamant about.
“[H]e fits kind of into any system. This guy can play,” McVay said. “But I think specific to some of the things that we look for… he’s put that on tape, really, over the last four years. And that was something that we were really excited about. And when we had the opportunity to potentially acquire him, we wanted to be aggressive about pursuing that.”