Pats WR Cooks blocking out hype of facing former Saints team

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) catches a pass as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Terrance Mitchell (39) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, in Foxborough, Mass. Cooks was coming off his second straight 1,100-yard receiving season when he was dealt by the Saints to the Patriots this offseason. He returns to New Orleans to face his former team in Week 2.(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Brandin Cooks arrived in New England excited to join what was already a stacked stable of receivers for Tom Brady to throw to.

A week into the regular season, that group looks vastly different than it did entering the preseason.

Julian Edelman is out for the year with a knee injury. Malcolm Mitchell is on injured reserve with his own knee issue. Danny Amendola suffered a concussion and knee injury in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to Kansas City.

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