We all know Brandin Cooks' playmaking ability, but it's difficult to project New England's passing distribution on a week-to-week basis because of all their weapons.At this point, words truly don’t do Bill Belichick’s mastery and aggressiveness as general manager justice. Just six weeks removed from winning the Super Bowl in an epic comeback fashion, Belichick elected to pull a blockbuster trade that wasn’t entirely unexpected, but still impressive. After a few months of trade rumors swirled, the Saints finally moved Brandin Cooks and the 118th selection in the 2017 NFL Draft to the Patriots for rights to the 32nd and 103rd overall picks.

As if Tom Brady needed yet another stellar weapon in his arsenal, Cooks is 28th in receiving yards/game (68.1) and eighth in receptions/game (5.12) all-time among receivers in their first three years as a pro. Even though Michael Thomas usurped him in 2016 —Thomas led the Saints in target share, red-zone targets, receptions, yards/game, and touchdowns as a rookie—Cooks has had a phenomenal start to his career.

Unfortunately for fantasy, though, Cooks’ immediate place in the Patriots’ offense is sort of unknown. Because New England is so multiple and they now have another weapon, their passing distribution will be extremely hard to project on a week-to-week basis.

The Impact on the Patriots

For a starting place, here is how Brady distributed his targets in 2016:

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Name

Pos.

Targets

Tgt Share

RZ Tgt Share

Julian Edelman

WR

160

29%

22%

James White

RB

86

16%

11%

Martellus Bennett

TE

73

13%

14%

Chris Hogan

WR

58

11%

14%

Malcolm Mitchell

WR

48

9%

16%

Rob Gronkowski

TE