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TE Jared Cook - St. Louis Rams

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Cook was hot coming into Week 15, and he had a great matchup against Arizona, who allowed a long score to him for the second straight year earlier in 2014. It wasn't to be against the Cardinals this time around, making anyone still alive with Cook much less likely to try him for Week 16.

Week 16: vs New York Giants

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Shaun Hill continues to throw for around 200 yards per game, though he didn't manage any TDs last week (20/39 for 229 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -18 yards). In fact, the only scores in the AZ/STL game last week were field goals for a 6-12 decision against St. Louis. Hill relies on Stedman Bailey (nine targets for 5/74/0 receiving last week), Jared Cook (eight for 3/22/0) and Kenny Britt (nine for 5/65/0) the most in varying combinations from week to week. The Giants' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 236.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores given up vs. 15 interceptions and 41 sacks (tied for ninth in the NFL, fourth respectively) generated to date. The Rams are 25th in the NFL with 41 sacks allowed, so Hill will likely have pass pressure in his face regularly during this game. Last week, New York held the Washington duo of quarterbacks to 22/34 for 228 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, with seven sacks for -47 yards piled up by the Giants. This is a bad matchup for the so-so Hill and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at SD 3 27 0 0
13 vs OAK 0 0 0 0
14 at WAS 4 61 2 0
15 vs ARI 3 22 0 0
16 vs NYG 5 41 0 0
16 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
16 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay 3 * * *
16 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 14 vs WAS (5 / 4 / 61 / 2 rec)

Cook had his biggest game of the year against a team that really struggles to guard the tight end. In the first quarter, Hill threw a ball to Cook over the middle, and Cook found himself absolutely wide open, and simply raced upfield and finished his TD by bowling over two converging defenders for a 35 yard TD. Cook scored another TD in the second half on a playaction pass at the one yard line. Cook slipped off the line, rolled into the corner and was absolutely all alone as Hill lobbed him one of the easiest TD's you'll ever see. Cook also made a nice catch in traffic for 16 yards on the game's opening drive, and likely would have had a huge day if the Rams had continued to pass the ball. Cook really needed a big game, as he's been struggling. Cook remains a strange TE, as his physical talents are obvious, but the consistent production is not. Based on history, there is no reason to think this performance will carry into future weeks. This likely was a result of playing a defense that struggles to guard tight ends.

2014 Week 15 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Cook wasn't a big part of the game. Towards the middle of the game, Cook and the tight ends had to do help in the blocking game, and Cook just wasn't able to get open or get many looks. He had a few short receptions, but nothing like the week 14 game against the Redskins. With all the different players the Rams try to get involved in their offense, and especially with the inefficiency they showed in keeping drives alive, Cook just hasn't been able to be consistently productive in this offense. It's a shame, because when he does get the ball this year, he looks really solid.


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