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HOUSTON — Houston Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly was at home in April, riding on his Peloton, when he got a call from former coach and general manager Bill O’Brien that the team had traded for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
Less than a month after trading wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, Kelly said he was excited when he got the phone call because, he said, “I knew that we had a proven player who was dangerous.
“He is a guy who can run, who can get down the field, who can really threaten defensive backs with his speed,” Kelly said. “I knew he had really good hands. I knew he was a good route runner and I knew he was reliable. I was encouraged and really, he’s kind of fit every single one of those initial thoughts exactly the way that we thought.”
Because Cooks was traded during a year in which teams did not have on-field offseason programs and a full training camp due to the coronavirus pandemic, it took Cooks and quarterback Deshaun Watson some time to build the chemistry the quarterback already had with wide receiver Will Fuller. But once