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Brandin Cooks ‘can’t wait to get started’ working with Tom Brady, rest of Patriots

03.13.17 at 8:24 pm ET
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Brandin Cooks is excited to be joining the Patriots. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks is excited to be joining the Patriots. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks had a pretty good quarterback in Drew Brees with the Saints, but now he has arguably the best to ever play the game in Tom Brady with the Patriots.

Cooks was traded to the Patriots on Friday night in exchange for the Patriots’ first-round pick. New England also gave up its third-round pick and got back New Orleans’ fourth-round pick.

“The opportunity to play for an organization like this is a dream come true and it’s a blessing,” Cooks said to Patriots.com on Monday. “I couldn’t be more thankful. To be able to play with someone that is going to be a Hall of Famer [Tom Brady], a guy who is so competitive, that is what you look forward to and I am just thankful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”

Cooks and the Saints went up against the Patriots in joint practices each of the last two years, so he had a good idea of what the Patriots franchise was like and is now glad to be part of it.

“This is a first-class place,” he said. “The type of place you would love to be apart of. When we practiced against them it was always competitive and this is the type of team you want to go against to better yourself, and to be on a team like this now, it’s amazing.”

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