New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been getting some extra sprints in during practice - often with the ball in his hands as he speeds away from would-be tacklers.

His performances have the Saints increasingly optimistic that their latest first-round draft pick will be an immediate, additional threat in a receiving game led primarily by Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham the past few seasons.

Cooks, whose latest camp highlights include a touchdown catch during red-zone work on Tuesday, says he feels comfortable playing football at the highest level, but constantly asks veteran teammates to scrutinize every mistake he makes so he can keep improving.

Saints safety Jarius Byrd says Cooks does "a lot of little things well" and is "mature beyond his years."

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