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Brandin Cooks has had little trouble soaking up the plays in the New Orleans Saints’ playbook.

Hauling in passes from Drew Brees seems easy too.

The hard part for the rookie wide receiver is grasping the fact that he truly is starting to live his NFL dream.

The reported four-year, $8.3 million deal he signed in May should have helped him realize he had made it.

Or maybe the two Mercedes-Benzes he purchased. (One for his mom.

One for himself.)

Or perhaps the two dozen or so reporters gathered around his locker on Thursday.

But …

“To be honest, it still hasn’t hit me yet,” said the first round draft pick out of Oregon State. “I am just going day-by-day playing football. That’s what I’m going to keep doing. One of these days it will hit me, probably when I am by myself or when I get that first big hit.

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