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Is Brandin Cooks more like Deion Branch than Randy Moss?

Adam Rachins for Bostonsportsjournal.com

FOXBOROUGH — We have spent the better part of the first 10 training camp practices comparing Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss in his ability to simply blow past a defense. And there was plenty of that Monday morning from the Tom Brady-Cooks connection, which roasted some Jacksonville defensive backs with deep balls in 11-on-11 work.

But as we also saw on Monday, there’s more to Cooks' game than just that flat-out speed. He’s also got some remarkable short-area quickness. On multiple occasions Monday, he was able to shake free of defensive backs with remarkable ease in red-zone passing drills. Managing to find some open room in such a tight space is a rare ability, but it’s clear he’s more than just a flat-out burner.