Jared CookSTL -TEMore Cook hype
"I have not seen a better offensive weapon in all the practices I’ve seen
on this training camp tour than I saw in the athletic and imposing [Jared] Cook." That's from Sports Illustrated's Peter King, the latest insider to tout the Rams TE. Cook has been a standout in training camp, quickly emerging as one of QB Sam Bradford's favorite targets. Cook has always been an elite talent. He might finally be ready to turn that into elite fantasy production. We like his odds of finishing as a top-10 TE this season, making Cook a prime target at his current 9th-round ADP.
Jared CookSTL -TECook to replace Amendola?
The prevailing wisdom most of the offseason was that rookie WR Tavon Austin would take over WR Danny Amendola's role in St. Louis. But 2 different insiders have recently suggested that it'll instead be TE Jared Cook. QB Sam Bradford and Cook have "already connected endlessly in camp, making one believe he'll serve as Bradford's security blanket like Danny Amendola was in 2012," writes NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch concurs. "Although Cook is listed as a tight end, it almost feels as if he’s taken over Amendola’s slot position in the offense," Burwell writes. It sounds like Cook is in store for a boatload of targets this season. He should zoom by his career high of 49 catches. There's clear top-10 fantasy upside here.
Jared CookSTL -TECB calls Cook a changed player
CB Cortland Finnegan conceded to The Tennessean that he was skeptical when the Rams signed TE Jared Cook this offseason. "But when he got there, he’s been tearing it up like I’ve never seen," Finnegan added.
"He’s comfortable, he’s back where he wants to be and I’m excited to have
him." Finnegan played for the Titans through Cook's 1st 3 years in the league before joining HC Jeff Fisher in St. Louis last offseason. He's also not one to hold back his words. So his praise for Cook carries some weight. We certainly still believe in the upside on the athletic pass-catcher, and he found plenty of interest on the open market after the Titans let him walk. Click here to see where Cook sits in our 2013 fantasy football rankings.
Jared CookSTL -TECook building chemistry with Bradford
Rams beat writer Joe Lyons notes that QB Sam Bradford and TE Jared Cook "seem to be clicking" in OTAs. That doesn't mean a whole lot in pad-less practices in May, but it's better than hearing the opposite. Cook's understanding of the offense and chemistry with Bradford are his 2 biggest issues heading into 2013. The guy is plenty talented. And Lyons confirms that Cook will be a "huge part" of the Rams' offense. There's top 8 upside here.
Jared CookSTL -TEready to blow up?
CBS’ Jason La Canfora expects Rams TE Jared Cook to assume the role of departed WR Danny Amendola. Cook can push a defense vertically, and he’ll also provide relief as a safety valve. At 6’5, 250 pounds, Sam Bradford has a capable TE for the first time in his career. Tavon Austin might enter September as the favorite to lead the team in targets. But Cook’s raw talent and increased workload will still carry top-8 upside.
Jared CookSTL -TEjoining the Rams
Adam Caplan reports that the Rams have signed TE Jared Cook after all. (That news comes after a Jason La Canfora imposter "broke" the news on Twitter earlier in the afternoon.) Cook adds speed to the interior of the Rams' passing game, which could present a dangerous combo with 2nd-year WR Chris Givens. Cook had trouble learning the offense over 4 years in Tennessee, though. He also displayed inconsistent hands. Of course, Rams HC Jeff Fisher originally drafted Cook there. So he knows what he's getting. The talent boost can only help QB Sam Bradford, but the team still needs a reliable target to convert 3rd downs. TE Lance Kendricks is now staring at a much lower ceiling. He kinda brought that on himself, though, with a pair of uninspiring seasons to begin his career. Cook still looks like a fringe starting option in fantasy football leagues. His best shot at a value boost might be to claim the mantle of primary red-zone option for Bradford.
Jared CookSTL -TEwill NOT get franchise tag
The Titans will NOT use the franchise tag on TE Jared Cook. They were set to tag him just a couple weeks ago, but Cook's threat to argue that he's a WR (thus increasing the tag number from $6 million to $10.5 million) seems to have scared the franchise off. Cook now becomes one of the more intriguing names on the open market. He's fallen short of lofty expectations the past couple years, but a lot of that has to do with his inconsistent role in Tennessee's passing game. At 6'5 and 248 pounds with WR-like athleticism, Cook carries a sky-high statistical ceiling. We'll see where he lands now. The Titans are still interested in bringing him back, but teams like the Dolphins and Bears figure to show plenty of interest.
Jared CookSTL -TEwants WR status if tagged
Titans TE Jared Cook isn’t too thrilled about the idea of being slapped with the franchise tag. But if he is forced to stick around, he wants to be classified as a WR. Cook would make more than $4 million more in salary if that became a reality. We saw Jermichael Finley try to pull this stunt last year, but he ended up signing a new 2-year deal. Ultimately, we still expect Cook to remain in Tennessee.
Jared CookSTL -TEexpected to see more action (again)
Stop us if you've heard this one before: the Titans want to get TE Jared Cook more involved in the passing game. "He's a big priority... someone we feel strongly about," HC Mike Munchak said. "Want to get him more passes, more production." We've heard similar sentiments over the past 2 years, but Cook has yet to top 81 targets in a season. That's simply not enough action for a guy of Cook's talent level. Until we see Tennessee come through on the promise to get him more targets, Cook will remain a risk/reward TE in fantasy.
Jared CookSTL -TEwill get franchised
As expected, the Titans will use the franchise tag to keep TE Jared Cook off the open market. It at least signals the talented youngster's importance to the team. Whether he can finally convert that talent and standing into matching performance is the question all fantasy owners hope to answer. Cook went for an unspectacular 44-523-4 line over 13 games last season.
Jared CookSTL -TEdone for year with shoulder injury
Titans TE Jared Cook tore his rotator cuff during Sunday's loss to the Colts and will miss the rest of the season. HC Mike Munchak confirmed that Cook will need surgery. It's a tough break for the big TE, who seemed primed for another big finish to the season. He had racked up 14 catches, 144 yards, and 2 scores in his last 4 outings. Now he'll head into free-agency this offseason as a giant question mark. There's no doubting Cook's physical tools, but he's failed to consistently produce on the field.
Jared CookSTL -TEexpected to see more looks
Over the past few days, both QB Matt Hasselbeck and OC Chris Palmer have said that TE Jared Cook needs more looks. Through 5 games, Cook has been targeted just 27 times -- 16th among TEs. He's been productive, though, hauling in 19 balls (70% catch rate) for 237 yards and 2 scores. Look for Tennessee to get Cook involved early against the Steelers tonight. We like him as a low-end fantasy starter.
Jared CookSTL -TEactive
Titans TE Jared Cook (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Vikes. He’s a low-end fantasy starter with Tennessee likely to be playing from behind in the 2nd half.
Jared CookSTL -TEprobable for Week 5
Titans TE Jared Cook (shoulder) was limited in practice this week but is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll play, but it doesn't look like he's at 100%. Despite a plus matchup, Cook is just a borderline fantasy starter this week.
Jared CookSTL -TEactive
Titans TE Jared Cook (shoulder) is active for today’s game against Houston. Cook posted 4 grabs for 77 yards and a score in just 1 half last week against Detroit before exiting with the injury. Expectations need to be tempered this week against a Texans squad allowing just 4 PPG to opposing TEs.
Jared CookSTL -TEquestionable, expected to play
Despite being listed as questionable, Titans TE Jared Cook (shoulder) is fully expected to play against the Texans this weekend. He put in a full practice on Friday, so the shoulder doesn't seem to be an issue. Still, Cook isn't a strong fantasy option against a Houston team allowing the 5th-fewest fantasy points to opposing TEs.
Jared CookSTL -TEreturns to limited practice Thursday
Titans TE Jared Cook (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. The injury was never considered serious, and Cook remains on track to play this weekend. He's just a TE2 against a tough Texans defense though.
Jared CookSTL -TEexpected to be ready for Week 4
Titans HC Mike Munchak says TE Jared Cook (shoulder) is sore but should be available for Week 4. It sounds like an MRI came back clean. Cook is off to a good start this season, hauling in 11 balls for 164 yards and a score in 2-and-a-half games. Assuming this shoulder injury doesn't linger, he could be even more productive going forward if Tennessee's passing game heats up.
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