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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.

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.

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.

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.

3:14pm EDT 10/7/12

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.

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.

12:00pm EDT 9/30/12

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.

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.

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.

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.

Titans TE Jared Cook suffered a shoulder injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions.  He's not expected to return.

Titans WR Jared Cook was on the field for 60 of the team's 65 offensive snaps in Week 1.  That's 92% -- a big increase over the 59% he played last year.  Cook has improved enough as a blocker to be an every-down TE.  It gives him plenty of upside the rest of the way.  It's also worth noting that Cook played 92% of the Week 1 snaps despite Tennessee going with 3 WRs on 62% of their plays.  There's enough here to go around for Cook and WRs Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, and Nate Washington in OC Chris Palmer's run-and-shoot attack.

11:47am EST 12/4/11

As expected, Titans TE Jared Cook (concussion) is active for today's game against the Bills.  He's an intriguing spot-start against Buffalo's 25th-ranked TE defense.

Titans TE Jared Cook (concussion) is probable for Sunday's game against the Bills.  He was medically-cleared and practiced all week.  Cook is a sneaky spot-starter in a plus matchup against Buffalo's 25th-ranked TE defense.

11:43am EST 11/13/11

Titans TE Jared Cook (knee) is active for today's game against the Panthers.  He put in a full practice on Friday, so the injury shouldn't be much of a concern.  Still, Cook is just a TE2 in fantasy until he starts seeing more snaps and targets.

Titans TE Jared Cook (knee) is listed as questionable but is fully expected to play against the Panthers this weekend.  He put in a full practice on Friday.  Cook's limited snap counts are keeping him in TE2 territory.

Titans TE Jared Cook (knee) missed practice on Wednesday.  The injury isn't believed to be serious, and Cook is expected to play against the Panthers this weekend.  We'll have another update tomorrow.

Titans TE Jared Cook's struggles in the blocking department are keeping him off the field for a large number of the team's offensive snaps.  “I think when you say he is a tight end people think he is an every-down tight end, but he’s not," HC Mike Munchak said.  Through 5 games, Cook has been on the field for 193 of Tennessee's 316 offensive plays (61%).  It's been the biggest reason Cook has been so inconsistent this season.  The good news, though, is that he played a season-high 62 snaps in the Titans' last game.  Look for his role to continue to grow coming out of the bye week.

Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt reports that tests have confirmed that WR Kenny Britt has a torn ACL.  He'll undergo surgery and is done for the season.  It's a major loss for fantasy owners, as Britt seemed primed for a top-10 finish.  He'll return in 2012 as a major injury risk.  Meanwhile, Nate Washington takes over as Tennessee's #1 WR.  He's off to a hot start and will see even more targets now.  But it remains to be seen how he'll fare against opposing #1 CBs.  WRs Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins will battle for the #2 spot.  Our money is on Williams, but he's only an option in deep fantasy leagues.  The biggest winner here may be ultra-talented TE Jared Cook.  He's played a minimal role in the passing game early on, but Britt's loss should force the Titans to get him more involved.

Update: Britt also has a torn MCL.  That shouldn't impact his status for 2012 though.

Titans TE Jared Cook managed just 1 catch for 7 yards in last Sunday's season-opener.  He spent a lot of time blocking and was targeted only 2 times all day.  HC Mike Munchak is looking to change that going forward.  “We definitely feel like he’s still a weapon,” Munchak said. “But we weren’t able to use (him) the way we hope to use (him) going forward.”  Consider Week 1 an abberation.  We'd keep Cook out of starting lineups for now, but he's still a high-upside bench stash.

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