Patriots owner Robert Kraft may have over-hyped his new receiving threat just a bit Monday at the NFL ownersmeetings.
Kraft, who spoke about a number of things, mentioned that he is very pleased New England plucked Brandin Cooks from the Saints.
"Since I've owned the team, the only player that could make an impact like(Cooks) at wide receiver was Randy Moss," Kraft said,via ESPN.com.
Kraft has owned the Patriots since saving the franchisefrom bankruptcy in 1988, so quite a few receivers have come and gone during that time. The comparison seems a bit forced, especially coming from an owner. Moss, of course, was a 6-4 physical freak whocould catch any ball thrown his way within a 10-foot radius.
Cooks is known as a burner. He likes to operate in the slot and run vertical routes, or quick postroutes. He uses his quickness to get by cornerbacks and safeties. Moss was much more physical and a better red zone threat.
It’s possible Cooks plays outside more often next season with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski already occupying the middle of the field.
The Saints obviously didn’t feel the same way. After moving up to the 20th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to get Cooks, they sent him to New England for the 32nd pick in this year's draft. Cooks has had a solid three-year career with the Saints, but he grumbled about his role last year.
Saints coach Sean Payton understood he needed to improve the defense, which is why offloading Cooks became possible.
It remains to be seen whether or not Kraft’s comments carry any weight to them. For now, they appear slightly off base and a tad optimistic.