Unlikely Suspect: Case Cookus
Case Cookus is largely an unproven, unknown darkhorse at the quarterback position. Cookus went undrafted this year out of Northern Arizona.
Cookus was a senior this past season coming back from a shoulder injury that limited him to two games in 2018. As a freshman, he started and was named Freshmen of the Year and won the Jerry Rice Award given to the FCS’ most outstanding freshmen player. He also was named Big Sky Conference Freshmen of the Year along with First Team All-Big Sky.
Cookus enters a crowded unit that seems filled up for 2020. It’s unusual for a team to go into training camp with 5 quarterbacks and he seems destined to be a camp body.
Cookus will get limited reps and opportunities so he will need to maximize every chance he gets in practice. He will likely see few, if any snaps in the preseason if he hangs on by the time it comes around. He will need to show a lot just in order to catch the coaching staff’s attention.
If Cookus performs well, he should be headed to the practice squad. Every NFL team craves developing, promising, talented, and young quarterbacks who could make a difference to the team. He will need to showcase his ability to make good throws and smart reads to stay in the league or he could be a one-and-done player.
The odds are currently stacked against Cookus to make the 2020 roster. However, all it takes is one to two injuries at the position to decimate and completely change the outlook of the group. Cookus must be ready and prepared for any situation that is thrown his way in the crazy business they call the NFL.
It’s worth noting that both the overall roster amount and practice squad allotted player amount went up in the new CBA, helping Cookus’ chances of sticking with Big Blue in 2020.