Ahead of the matchup against his former teammates, Cooks downplayed his return.
"I'm here now," Cooks said, via the Boston Herald. "I'm focusing on the guys that I'm playing with, and that's all that I can do."
"I don't think like that," Cooks said. "I don't have that type of mindset. That's a great offense, a great team. They'll be just fine without me."
"We can't let Brandin Cooks get a deep ball," safety Kenny Vaccaro said, per The Times-Picayune. "You can run your curls, you can run whatever your little route tree is besides the home run ball, but when you put on the tape, Brandin Cooks is running deep a lot. So, that'll definitely be something that we have to stop."
The familiarity between Cooks and the defensive backs in New Orleans will add extra intrigue to Sunday's matchup.
"We've been against him, so we know a few little things, but he's a good receiver so we're definitely looking to challenge him," cornerback P.J. Williams said.