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The veteran signal-caller still isn't quite sure where his team's head is at this week, if his press-conference comments Wednesday are any indication. "I know he's a good teammate, well-respected".

Like Brady, coach Bill Belichick said he's enjoyed working with Cooks thus far, praising him for being coachable, dependable and hard-working, among other things.

"We can't let Brandin Cooks get a deep ball", safety Kenny Vaccaro said of what should probably rank as New Orleans' No. 1 priority when it hosts Cooks and his new team, the New England Patriots. He also said he doesn't want to have a repeat performance of the Pats' last visit - a 38-17 loss on November 30, 2009. On the heels of Kareem Hunt's fumble on the first play from scrimmage for the Chiefs, if Mike Gillislee converts on fourth-and-1 from the Kansas City 10-yard line, it's minimum 10-0 New England - possibly 14-0. They've got so many of these players that are hybrid-type guys. So it's a rough environment, it's their home opener. "I got tripped from behind, so it kind of put myself in a tough position".

Anzalone had what coach Sean Payton called a pretty active night. They were the worst defense across all the fantasy world last week.

I think if the Saints had to do it all over again, they may have held on to Cooks. "What you have in September is going to be different than what you're going to be as the season goes on".

"Obviously, he was a great part of this team for three years, and I wish him the best of success - although I'd rather him not go off in this game", Brees said. And even though Cooks had expressed some frustration in his role with the Saints, something with which many New Orleans players saw no issue, one of Brady's compliments offers a stark contrast to some of the external perception of Cooks. "Although we'd rather him not go off in this game". We know that the NFL is a copycat league, I'd expect Josh McDaniels to test the young corner early and often this week.

"We have to go do something about it", he added. Brees said. "Coby's a tall guy with good range". No one else is putting on the uniform.

"I just look at it as another game", Cooks said, via the team's website. Brady's 208 career wins (including playoffs) as starter most in National Football League history. "To know we started the season that way was just a lack of communication to start", he said.

Red Zone Offense Uncharacteristically Stalls: Last season the Saints were one of the best teams offensively in the red zone. Brady was no longer an unproven quarterback, tenuously holding the starting job. "We're all going to be challenged with that opportunity". He recorded 88 receiving yards in his Patriots debut last week. Other Patriots on the report were Adam Butler (knee), Marcus Cannon (ankle), Nate Ebner (shoulder), Cameron Fleming (ankle) and Devin McCourty (groin), all listed as limited ... Only Law, Bruschi, McGinest, Coates and Seymour spent the majority of their careers with the Patriots.

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