Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Brandin Cooks ready to bring back arrow celebration after NFL rule change

Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot. 

That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement. 

Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration. 

Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6). 

"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."

Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."

When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react. 

 

Patriots call Cooks 'our first-round pick'

Patriots call Cooks 'our first-round pick'

The Patriots didn't make a pick Thursday night, but as teams were introducing their new players on Friday, New England's social media team took an opportunity to show off theirs. 

The team posted a picture of Brandin Cooks on Instagram Friday evening with the caption "Our first round pick." The Pats traded their first-rounder (32nd overall) and a third-rounder (No. 103) to New Orleans last month for Cooks and the 118th pick.

With the pick acquired from the Patriots, the Saints drafted Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk. 

The Pats are slated to make their actual first selection of the draft Friday at No. 72 overall. 

Our first round pick. #PatsDraft

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