TE Jared Cook - Oakland Raiders
|6-6, 246||Born: 4-7-1987||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2009|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Jared Cook reliable fantasy asset? It has been that way for the past month after a mid-season slump. He has a terrific matchup this week and should be considered a strong TE1.
General News (Thu Dec 13): hopefully will be a high priority for the Raiders to re-sign this offseason, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. The Raiders have been a middling pass offense, ranking 14th in both passing yards (246 per game) and yards per attempt (7.0). It has been mostly a dink and dunk offense, with Carr getting rid of the ball quickly and completing 69.1% of his passes. The lack of deep shots has been dictated by the poor pass protection. The Raiders have the 8th-worst sack rate in the league. Pass protection could be an especially big issue this week with two of the Raiders best offensive linemen, Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson, both questionable to play. Oak-land boasts arguably the worst wide receiver corps in the league. At age 33, Jordy Nelson has lost a step. Rookie seventh-rounder Marcell Atman has been forced into a prominent role due to injuries and the trade of Amari Cooper. He lacks speed and has had some drops. The clear top target in the offense has been Jared Cook. He has been especially productive of late, with 14 catches for 216 yards and 1 touchdown over the last two weeks. The Bengals have given up the 4th-most passing yards (273.8 per game) this season. In-juries have taken a toll at every level of the defense. Top pass rusher Carl Lawson was lost to a torn ACL, each of the team's staring linebackers has missed significant time, and start-ing cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard have both battled injuries. Kirkpatrick missed Week 14 and is questionable for the matchup against the Raiders. Despite the injuries, the defense has shown some resiliency in recent weeks. Over the past four weeks, the Bengals have allowed just 194.8 passing yards per game. Cincinnati held Philip Rivers to 220 yards and 1 touchdown. The Bengals secondary matches up well against a depleted Raiders wide receiver corps but Jared Cook could have a big day. The Bengals have allowed 73 receptions for 833 yards and 8 touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Jared Cook's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)
offense. Cook's longest gain of the day came on the second offensive snap. He ran a go route down the sideline and made a nice over the shoulder grab, holding on despite a hit from the safety for a 30-yard gain. The very next play, Cook hauled in a 19-yard gain on a slant route to get Oakland into the red zone. The Raiders were often able to get Cook lined one-on-one with Steelers safety Morgan Burnett and Cook was able to dominate the matchup. He was able to get huge separation on some of his slant and out routes.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (8 / 7 / 100 / 1 rec)
Cook caught a 12-yard pass over the middle. He powered through a couple of defenders to pick up a few extra yards at the end. Cook showed tremendous hands, extending high while in full stride to pull in a fast ball from Carr along the sideline and then turning it up for a 29-yard gain. Cook picked up 20 yards on a catch down the right sideline, hurdling the first defender and stiff-arming the second to pick up a few extra yards at the end of the play. Cook picked up another big chunk gain on a 24-yard touchdown pass. He lined up in the slot and ran straight down the seam, running away from the linebacker in coverage to get wide open in the center of the end zone.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 32 / 1 rec)
Cook had a bad drop along the sideline but Carr went right back to him on a very similar route the very next play and Cook was able to haul it in and explode up the field for a 16-yard gain. Cook made an impressive 25-yard diving catch down the sideline but he was flagged for pushing off. Cook made a spectacular grab for a 16-yard touchdown. He was open on a wheel route down the sideline but Carr threw a bad ball low and outside. Cook had to fall on his back and reach out with one hand to pull It in.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
On the opening possession of the game, Cook lined up out wide on the right and ran a slant and go. The corner bit hook, line, and sinker on the slant and Cook got wide open for an easy 23-yard touchdown catch. Cook had a drop on a 3rd-down out route to stall a drive. It wouldn't have been an easy catch but definitely one he should have made.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (9 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Cook had a bad 3rd-down drop on a crossing route that forced the Raiders to settle for a field goal early in the game. He was barely targeted until late in the third quarter but became the go-to guy late in the game. He caught a dump off on third and long, made a man miss but still came up well short of the line to gain. The next drive, he made a nice 3rd-down catch in traffic to keep the chains moving. He got open down the seam for a 31-yard gain, showing the speed that makes him the best offensive weapon on a bad roster.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cook had an 11-yard catch and run down the right sideline on the opening play of the game. He also had a 9-yard grab over the middle to pick up a first down on 3rd-and-6 midway through the second quarter. Those were his only two targets on the day.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (5 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
Cook made a nice 10-yard catch in traffic over the middle on an early third down to get the Raiders offense moving. He did a nice job running after the catch on a 25-yard touchdown. A pump-fake to the outside froze the defense and helped Cook get wide open on a post route over the middle. He caught the ball in stride near the 10 yard line and was able to turn up field and split a pair of converging defenders to get into the end zone. Cook got behind the defense running a go route from the slot and caught it for a 30-yard gain, slowing and going low to make the catch. It would have been a 52-yard touchdown if Carr would have put more air under it.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
It was puzzling to see Cook targeted just twice. Especially since he has been playing so well. He showed his power pushing forward for an 8-yard gain on a 3rd-and-7 completion over the middle.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cook had a quiet game but continues to be the go-to guy in the red zone, where he was targeted four times on Sunday On a 1st-and-goal from the 5 yard line, Carr tried to thread it in to him on a quick slant into the end zone despite double coverage, but the play was defended well. He went back to him on second down but again they couldn't connect. In the third quarter, Carr threw an end zone fade to Cook from the 18-yard line. Cook drew a pass interference penalty when the defender pushed him out of bounds while the ball was in the air. Carr picked up a 9-yard gain over the middle and was tackled at the 5-yard line on his fourth red zone target.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (13 / 8 / 110 / 2 rec)
Cook was the best player on the field for the Raiders. He was consistently able to get open on underneath routes against the notoriously soft Cleveland defense, which drops the safeties way too deep. Cook's size and speed make him a mismatch against single coverage and he has also been doing a great job of finding the soft spots in zone coverage over the middle of the field. Cook scored an 8-yard touchdown on a simple play where he ran to the middle of the end zone and boxed out the defender so Carr could hit him on a back-shoulder throw. He also scored from seven yards out to tie up the game in the final seconds. It was a monster performance for Cook.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Cook again played very well and came very close to having a big fantasy game. He twice caught red zone passes and nearly scored. The first came on a well-designed shovel pass on 3rd-and-goal from the nine. Cook had a hole up the middle and dove for the end zone but was ruled down inside the one. Cook later caught a 2nd-and-goal pass off of play action and dove to extend the ball into the end zone. It was initially called a touchdown but review showed the ball just short of the goal line when his knee hit the ground.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Cook was only targeted four times (none in the final 20 minutes) but looked great again. He held on despite taking a big hit on a short catch just shy of the end zone early and also showed his toughness on a powerful catch and run to open the second half. The biggest difference in his game this season compared to last season is that he seems to be playing with more physicality now. While it was a relatively quiet game, expect Cook to remain one of the primary weapons for the Raiders going forward.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (12 / 9 / 180 / 0 rec)
Cook took on a starring role against the Rams. His 180 receiving yards were the most for a tight end in Raiders history. The Rams played mostly man defense throughout the night, which left Carr to target whichever pass catcher had the most favorable one-on-one matchup. Most of the time, it was Cook matched up against a safety while Cooper and Nelson faced elite cornerbacks. Cook dominated from the first drive. He lined up in the slot on the first drive, caught a slant and sprinted past the safety for a 45-yard gain. Cook still has elite speed even at age 31. It was just the first of many big plays. Cook ran a deep out route and snagged a 28-yard reception along the sideline despite being held. He also had big gains of 11, 14, and 32 yards with the latter two coming on passes down the seam. Carr was intercepted twice while targeting Cook, however. The first came on an end zone target from 21 yards out. Cook ran a fade route and had a step on the defender but the ball was badly under thrown. The second came near the end of the game on a crossing route when Marcus Peters jumped the route and beat Cook to the spot.
Latest NewsRaiders | Coach hopes Jared Cook returns (Wed Dec 12, 11:01 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook hopefully will be a high priority for the Raiders to re-sign this offseason, according to head coach Jon Gruden. link to story Raiders | Jared Cook tops 100 yards (Sun Dec 9, 11:37 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook finished with seven receptions on 10 targets for 116 yards in a 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14. link to story Raiders | Jared Cook shreds Kansas City (Sun Dec 2, 11:56 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook caught seven of his eight targets for 100 yards and a touchdown in a 40-33 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13. link to story
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