"What he has done for our team in one year is really incredible," Brady said. "I haven't seen anybody come in and make the contributions he made."
This is Tom Brady, owner of five championship rings and ready to compete in his eighth Super Bowl. He isn't impressed easily and has always respected people who have the same relentless work ethic that he has displayed in his Hall of Fame career.
"I love his spirit, his attitude, his will and determination, and love his leadership, and we are very lucky to play with him and hopefully for a lot of years," Brady said.
The word out of New Orleans before the trade was that Cooks wanted the ball more. That's no mortal sin for a wide receiver. The Patriots haven't heard such a complaint in his first year in New England.
"I think one of the great traits of a receiver is when you don't get the football early in the game that you don't say anything and you keep playing," Patriots receivers coach Chad O'Shea said. "He is a team guy first who doesn't say a word about not getting the football. He just keeps doing the best job he can."
Cooks said his supporting cast made his transition smooth.
"Having great teammates and coaches to help me get through the process and learn the system fast as I can was huge," Cooks said.
"The guy is just a really good teammate, consummate professional, always working on his craft" said Patriots fullback James Develin. "He is really meticulous in what he needs to do, and I am happy and proud to see he has had so much success."
Cooks, who hasn't missed a game the last three years, has been in the enviable position of working with two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Before Brady, there was Drew Brees, in New Orleans.
"To come here after playing with Drew and now having TB, it is a blessing," Cooks said.