4. Trading for Brandin Cooks
One move that was universally praised this offseason was when Dallas landed Brandon Cooks. In exchange for a fifth- and sixth-round pick, the Cowboys added a wide receiver with nine years of experience.
Cooks has also been a hit wherever he’s gone, topping 1,000 yards for the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, and Houston Texans. He even had 699 yards in 2022 despite the issues Houston had on offense.
Once he was in Dallas, it appeared as though he and Dak Prescott were on the same page throughout camp. But when the regular season began, he turned into an afterthought.
In seven games, Cooks has just 17 receptions for 165 yards with two touchdowns. Against the Eagles in Week 9, he had just one catch for seven yards.
He’s not alone in his struggles as Michael Gallup is also failing to play up to expectations and has been struggling with drops. But that makes it even more concerning that Cooks has been unable to put up better numbers.
Dallas had high hopes with Cooks as they looked to replace some of the production they lost in 2022 when they traded Amari Cooper away. So far, that hasn’t happened and Cooks has been a major disappointment.