A six-time 1,000-yard wide receiver who somehow always seems to fly under the radar tops the list of sneaky threats the Washington Commanders should worry about.
The Dallas Cowboys boast one of the more star-studded rosters in the NFL. But for every CeeDee Lamb, Micah Parsons, and Dak Prescott, there's a sneaky threat who can be just as effective.
Those under-the-radar talents can't escape the attention of the Washington Commanders when they make the trip to AT&T Stadium for Thanksgiving. They can start their strategy by preparing for a perennially underrated pass-catcher.
Commanders must counteract Brandin Cooks
Stopping CeeDee Lamb has to be the priority for the Washington Commanders, but the secondary can't forget about Brandin Cooks. The 30-year-old has six 1,000-yard seasons, but he's rarely mentioned in conversations about the elite players in the NFL.
Cooks can win vertically - a problem for a Commanders' defense surrendering 7.3 yards per attempt through the air. Jamming Cooks at the line will be the key to slowing him down, but Washington might not want to risk press coverage for fear of getting burned.
Emmanuel Forbes looked like a decent matchup versus Cooks given his length and speed. However, the Commanders were dealt a blow as the rookie cornerback was ruled out.
This matchup would have made a ton of sense for the Commanders. But Cooks isn't the only receiver not named Lamb that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio needs to worry about.