TE Jared Cook - New Orleans Saints

6-6, 246Born: 4-7-1987College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2009

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Cook has failed to put up a solid score in two weeks and the arrow is pointing down for this offense. It's probably time to move on.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

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FBG says: Good matchup. The biggest storylines in the NFL after week two are undoubtedly the injuries to franchise quarterbacks throughout the NFL. Drew Brees injured his thumb on a first-quarter pass attempt against the Los Angeles Rams. Brees is set to undergo surgery this week and will miss approximately 6 to 8 weeks with the injury, thrusting Teddy Bridgewater into the starting role. Bridgewater is widely regarded as one of the NFL's best backup quarterbacks, but the drop off in talent from Brees, one of the league's best starters, is massive. Bridgewater mustered just 165 yards on 30 attempts throughout the game in Los Angeles and was unable to lead a touchdown drive all game. Bridgewater focused the passing attack on to primary targets: Michael Thomas and Jared Cook. Michael Thomas' workload with Bridgewater under-center was comparable to what he typically sees with Brees at the helm. However, his targets were significantly less-valuable with Bridgewater, as the backup was unable to push the ball downfield at a Brees-like level. Jared Cook's involvement during his second game as a member of the New Orleans Saints was significantly higher than in his debut with the team. Bridgewater's tendency to rely on safer underneath routes favors Cook over wide receivers Tre'Quan Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr. Bridgewater rarely targeted Alvin Kamara out of the backfield against the Rams. Moving forward, Kamara will undoubtedly be heavily involved in the passing game, as Sean Payton and the Saints coaching staff attempt to make life easier on the newly-minted starting quarterback. The offensive line for New Orleans is a definitive strength of the team. Last week, the Saints faced off with one of the league's best pass rushes, and Bridgewater struggled in the face of pressure. In week three, New Orleans heads to Seattle to face a far weaker pass rush. A clean pocket is essential to an effective passing attack, and Bridgewater should operate in a much calmer pocket here against the Seahawks than he did against the Rams. The Seattle Seahawks opened the 2019 season with a pair of extremely unique matchups. In the season opener, the Seahawks played host to the Cincinnati Bengals, coached by Zac Taylor, a branch off of the newly-forming Sean McVay coaching tree. Before week one, Taylor hadn't called plays his days as interim offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Thus, Taylor's tendencies and philosophies as an offensive play-caller were a relative unknown before week one. In the opener, the Bengals new-look offense threw for 418 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions on 51 pass-attempts in a tightly-contested 21-20 Seahawks victory. In week two, the Seahawks faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Late in the second quarter of the game, Steelers' starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game with an elbow injury, thrusting Mason Rudolph into the first regular-season action of his young career. Rudolph finished the game with a respectable 112 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception while completing 12 of 19 pass attempts on the day. One common trend through the two unique matchups for Seattle has been a middling pass rush. Jadeveon Clowney, a recent acquisition from the Houston Texans, has yet to make a significant impact by pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Luckily for Seattle, Ezekiel Ansah, one of the league's most efficient pass rushers, is expected to return to action in week three against the Saints. The combination of Ansah and Clowney rushing off the edge has the potential to be the league's best pass-rushing duo if both stay healthy. In the secondary, aside from Shaquill Griffin's surprising and impressive start to the 2019 season, there is not much to get excited about. Opposite Griffin, Tre Flowers has been picked on relentlessly throughout the first two games of the season. Seattle's reported involvement in the trade market for potential help in the secondary represents just how urgent the team's needs are to shore up this unit. Seattle will rely heavily upon its pass-rush to disrupt opposing quarterbacks throughout the 2019 season. Should the defensive line falter and allow the opposition a clean pocket to throw from, the secondary will be in for a long day at the office against one of the league's smartest offensive minds in Sean Payton.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs HOU 42 2.0 37 0 0 3.7
2 at LAR 44 2.0 25 0 0 2.5
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 3.3 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 3.4 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Jared Cook's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs LAR (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

It has not been a great start to the season for Cook in New Orleans. He was the big offseason acquisition, but he looks more like a fish out of water in this offense. Bridgewater tried to use him as a safety blanket this week after Brees went down but Cook only managed to catch 2 of his 7 targets, even dropping an easy pass that hit him right in the chest. Cook was also responsible for the Brees interception on the first drive of the game. Cook caught the ball up the seam only to have it jarred loose by a big hit from Weddle. The ball popped in the air and landed on top of Cook on the ground. After rolling around for a minute it was picked up by Johnson and ruled an interception since the ball was never fully caught and did not touch the ground. The Saints desperately want to use Cook, but he just does not look ready to be a big part of this offense right now.

2019 Week 1 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet debut for Cook with the big tight end only garnering 3 targets, and losing red zone snaps to Taysom Hill. Cook ripped off a 31-yard catch up the seam that accounted for the majority of his 37 yards, but was quiet outside of that. There was a moment late in the second half where he scooped up what looked like a Kamara fumble and had a clear path to the end zone, but was tackled and the call went unchallenged as he did not advance the ball. Cook was brought in to be the big play tight end that the Saints have been missing since Jimmy Graham, but his quiet debut may point to a bigger issue.

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Latest News

Saints | Jared Cook struggles again (Mon Sep 16, 12:37 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook had two receptions for 25 yards during the team's Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Cook was targeted seven times.

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Saints | Jared Cook has quiet team debut (Tue Sep 10, 12:29 AM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook posted just two receptions for 37 yards on three targets in the Week 1 win against the Houston Texans on Monday, Sept. 9.

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Schedule

3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Chicago Bears
8vs Arizona Cardinals
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
17@ Carolina Panthers