The New England Patriots receiver put up a blazing-fast 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine (the second-fastest time among all athletes, according to NFL.com). And in 2016, while playing with the New Orleans Saints, he set a league record by becoming the first player in NFL history to score a touchdown of 85 yards or longer in each of his team's first five games of the season.
So yeah, Cooks is an exceptional athlete.
“I do some type of speed training during every workout, even if it’s something small,” Cooks told Men’s Fitness. “To keep my legs strong, I use the leg press and sled workouts, and over the summer before camp, I’ll do a lot of beach workouts and agility drills on the sand. When I train, I’m not looking to be the biggest guy on the field, but I know how to work to make sure my body is as strong as it needs to be.”
Just check out what he did to help the Patriots win in Week 3 over the Texans:
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The Patriots acquired Cooks in a trade with the Saints during the off-season, and while it looked like a good move before, it looks even better now: The Pats lost their top receiver, Julian Edelman, for the season with an ACL injury—meaning Cooks is going to be even more integral for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s offense.
Cooks has been preparing for his Patriots debut with a range of workouts, including sled pulls, cable rows, pushups, and much more.
Here are seven ways Cooks trained to get ready for the 2017 season.