Brandin Cooks off to a good start with Saints receiving corps

Finishing your school work before play is something that you learn as kid.

Saints first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks still living that lesson as a professional.

The 20th overall pick from Oregon State was back with the Black and Gold after finishing his studies in Corvallis.

Cooks said he's already jellying quickly with the rest of the receiving corps.

"They [were] good about that. Helping me out with my assignments, so I felt like I clicked with them right away."

"You're a rookie. You come in and you hang on their shoulder."

Eight-year NFL veteran Robert Meachem feels that Cooks is well on his way to being a top-class wide out.

"He's a lot further along than I was when I was a rookie. He learned a lot faster, I think, than I did."

New Orleans head coach Sean Payton says there's a certain method to dealing with a first-year player.

"What you try to do with a young player is give him certain elements and so it's not keeping the progress of the overall offense back, but you try to begin to see how much they're able to retain and continue to build on that."

The Saints begin training camp Thursday, July 24, when players report to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The team will return to Metairie, La. for the final two weeks of camp with an open practice Sunday, August 17.