Welcome to another edition of Grade Dat, where we take a look at the starters and major role-players of the 2014 New Orleans Saints, put a grade value on them, and list the things we liked and the things we disliked about them in the 2014 season. We are now on to doing two players at a time, but each should be treated as an individual, like this one for Curtis Lofton.
When the Saints moved up to draft Brandin Cooks last offseason, a lot of fans were salivating at the thought of Drew Brees throwing to the young duo of Cooks and Kenny Stills for seasons to come... what we didn't see coming was Cooks' rookie year getting cut short in a 7-9 season that brought massive change, including sending Stills to Miami. Now it's time for us to put a letter grade on Cooks' and Stills' respective 2014 season.
Voting will remain open for 48 hours from the point that the article is posted, then I will comb over the comments and average out the grade, and look for common trends in the likes and dislikes. After the final grade is calculated and comments compiled, I will post the results in a new thread and then we'll move on to another player. To avoid shenanigans, only votes made in the comment section will be considered. After grades for all the starters and major role-players are compiled, I will release the "class rankings" for the 2014 season.
Cooks and Stills were pieces in an effective, though sometimes frustrating offense... but how did they fare individually?
What grade does Brandin Cooks? What did you see from him that you liked? Disliked?
What grade does Kenny Stills? What did you see from him that you liked? Disliked?
Player A: B+
Pros: Quick acceleration. Has a good football IQ. Really good raw athleticism.
Cons: Lacks physical strength. Sometimes lets opponents into his head. Injury prone.
Player B: D+
Pros: Can make the occasional big play.
Cons: Playing out of his league, seems to be lost at times. Makes frustrating mistakes and untimely penalties. Showed up to camp overweight.
NOTE: POLL is for quick reference ONLY and WILL NOT be counted in the official vote. Please vote in the COMMENTS below.