For the second time in as many offseasons, Brandin Cooks has been traded.
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Cooks joins a rejuvenated Rams offense that has been searching for a replacement for Sammy Watkins, who signed with the Chiefs in March. The good news for Cooks is that the Rams had a third wide receiver on the field for an NFL-high 92 percent of their pass Kevin Fiala Womens Jersey plays last season. That allowed Watkins to see the field often, though it resulted in only 39 receptions, 593 yards and eight touchdowns, numbers that were actually inflated by Robert Woods missing time. Cooks faces a similar situation. He’ll play often, but it’s going to be hard to match his numbers from recent years if Woods, second-year slot man Cooper Kupp and all-purpose back Todd Gurley II continue to soak up a similar share of the targets. Cooks is best viewed as a fringe flex option.
Contact, hitting coach Chili Davis said afterward with a half-smile. We’d like to see a lot of good contact. There’s some guys, you’re not just going to turn them into contact-type hitters. I don’t want them to lose their aggressiveness at the plate. We have too good of hitters for me to panic at all.
Game MacKenzie Weegar Jersey The Cubs have often said the strikeout is part of their DNA, but they’ve taken things to new heights early in the season. On Friday, they struck out 20 times in a 17-inning game against the Miami Marlins. Outfielder Ian Happ set a franchise mark by striking out multiple times in each of his first four games of the season. As you might expect so early in a year, there is no panic in the Cubs’ clubhouse.
There really isn’t, first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. We have a fun group. A good group. We’re not going to ride the roller coaster as hard as everyone else outside.
Davis added: I’m not stressing. We’re five games into the season. We were hoping for a fast start. It can still happen.