Brandin Cooks shows in loss why Texans should find a way to keep him

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HOUSTON — In 2020, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has lost wide receivers to trade, injuries, waivers and suspension.

But through it all, Watson has found a consistent target in Brandin Cooks. The wide receiver, acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in April, is on the cusp of another 1,000-yard season, with seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in Houston’s 37-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

In his first six NFL seasons, Cooks had a 1,000-yard receiving season with the Saints, Patriots and Rams. The only player in NFL history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season with four teams is Brandon Marshall, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

The Texans have a decision to make on Cooks this offseason, who has 70 catches for 984 yards in 15 games. He is currently owed $12 million next season and has shown that he can be a No. 1 receiver. It is a key decision that awaits whoever the Texans hire as their next general manager after the season, but Houston could sign Cooks

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