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TE Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

6-6, 246Born: 4-7-1987College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 3

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Week 5: at Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Shaun Hill practiced some during the bye week and is said to be on track to reclaim his starting gig here in Week 5 - Austin Davis did OK as a fill in but he threw two costly pick-sixes while in the saddle. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News this week to see which quarterback gets the first-team reps. Hill looked pretty awful (8/13 for 81 yards, zero TDs and one interception) when he was in earlier this year so if he goes this week take a wait-and-see attitude towards the Rams' roster of receivers. The Eagles' pass D limited Colin Kaepernick to 17/30 for 189 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown last week, sacking him four times for -29 yards. Two weeks ago, they were blown up by Kirk Cousins (30/48 for 427 yards passing, three TDs and one interception) - this secondary has been yo-yoing over the past couple of weeks. To date, the Eagles rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 257.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 10 passing scores allowed vs. three interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and seven sacks (tied for 18th) generated. We have such a small sample of Hill's play this season, and what we have is bad. It is hard to recommend any of the Rams' receivers this week, even though this is a neutral matchup for the Rams.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
1 vs MIN 4 56 0 0
2 at TB 4 46 0 0
3 vs DAL 7 75 0 0
5 at PHI PROJ-Dodds 4 * * *
5 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
5 at PHI PROJ-Bloom 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs TB (4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

At the start of the 2nd half, the Rams were backed up in their own endzone. Austin Davis showed no fear of the endzone, and threw it down the left sideline in the air. Cook made a great adjustment on the ball that was thrown at his back shoulder, coming down with the 22 yard reception. Cook is another potential sleeper for ST. Louis as the season goes along. Last year Cook disappeared quite a bit. This season, he seems involved. Sure, his numbers aren't eye-popping, but he has 4 receptions in both of the first games. If he can actually become a consistent threat in the middle of the field, this will prove to be a very valuable tool for the QB, because last year Cook seemed to struggle with the offense and rarely made himself a part of the gameplan. Last season, he only had back-to-back 4 reception games once. This season he started out with 4 in the first two weeks. Keep an eye on him. IF he gets consistent, he could be a top ten TE.

2014 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Cook had a quite first half, but then exploded for a huge second half. In the first, he just missed a long bomb down the right sideline, which was called back due to a penalty. In the second, Cook dropped a perfectly thrown pass, after making a beautiful cut to get wide open. The drop cost the Rams 4 points, as they settled for a field goal. Later on, the Cowboys played back as they were up two scores. In this defensive formation, they were trading yards for time, and Cook ate them alive. On the drive that ended in a Pettis TD, Cook had catches for 9 yards, 18 yards and 16 yards. On each play, he was barely covered, and Davis hit him each time. So after a 7 catch, 75 yard game, following two solid opening games, Cooks is officially breaking out, right? Well, not so fast. Late in the game Cook was seen shoving Austin Davis on the sideline for some reason. Although he later apologized, we'll see if this problem ends up affecting his targets in any way. Whether it does or doesn't, Cook is thus far performing quite well in 2014, finally.

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Schedule

5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs San Francisco 49ers
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10@ Arizona Cardinals
11vs Denver Broncos
12@ San Diego Chargers
13vs Oakland Raiders
14@ Washington Redskins
15vs Arizona Cardinals
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks