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 Nov 18): Cook had a gorgeous full extension touchdown and appears to have Drew Brees' trust. He's in the low TE1 mix after a slow start.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs ATL 49 6.0 74 0 0 7.4
11 at TB 49 2.0 33 1 0 9.3
12 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 3.2 * * * *
12 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 2.9 * * * *

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 10 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

The Saints are finally starting to see dividend from signing Cook. The big tight end tied for second on the team with 10 targets and caught 6 of them for 74 yards. He was the second leading receiver this week and had the longest play through the air when he took the ball 22 yards up the seam for a first down. It has taken Cook some time to get comfortable in this offense and he is finally playing like the TE1 they expected when they signed him. No one found the end zone for the Saints this week and there was not much opportunity in the red zone where Cook thrives. He finally seems to be healthy and should have a great matchup next week against Tampa Bay. With the return of Smith, Cook does not have to try and be the third receiver for the Saints and he can finally get back to what he is really good at.

2019 Week 6 vs JAX (3 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)

It took until weeks 5 and 6 for Cook to get going but he now has a touchdown in back to back games and is looking like the tight end the Saints wanted when they signed him in the offseason. Cook caught all 3 of his targets this week. He caught a 20-yard floater from Bridgewater across the middle for a big play and a 4-yard strike up the seam for a touchdown. Myles Jack looked to be draped all over Cook in the end zone, but Bridgewater found a window and Cook made the catch in the back of the end zone. This is the type of play that he had been dropping or tipping to the defender earlier in the season but has finally started to catch. Cook is pushing Taysom Hill out of the tight end picture and should see his targets continue to grow as he starts to play better.

2019 Week 5 vs TB (6 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)

Just like with Ginn, it has been a long time coming for Cook in this Saints offense. In what is easily his best game of the season, Cook caught 4 of 6 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. He set season high marks in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns this week. The touchdown was the exact type of play the Saints envisioned when they signed him in the off season. It was a 9-yard slant where he caught the ball at the 3-yard line and used his big body to power the rest of the way in for the score. Despite the touchdown, Cook also reminded everyone of his struggles when he dropped a ball that he should have caught in the end zone for a touchdown. Thankfully, Michael Thomas was able to salvage that drive with a touchdown, but it could have been a much bigger day for Cook. Hopefully this is the game that turns the season around for Cook.

2019 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

This was the week of the tight end with the Saints throwing over 1/3 of their passes to the position. Unfortunately, Cook only caught 3 of his 6 targets and continues to struggle in the offense. His longest catch of the night went for 9 yards and he was out played by Josh Hill on the other side. Hill is normally a blocking tight end and has no business surpassing Cook in receiving yards. Cook has struggled in this offense both with and without Brees. If the Saints ever commit to using Taysom Hill at a single position, Cook could lose all of his value at tight end. He is going to need a big game in the coming weeks to regain trust in the Saints offense.

2019 Week 3 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Another week and another poor performance from Cook. He was targeted twice this week and caught one pass for 7 yards. Maybe the Saints have seen enough of his drops and fumbles and do not feel comfortable calling his number. Saints tight ends caught 3 total passes on 5 targets for 16 total yards this week and did not play a major factor against Seattle. With Brees out, they will likely ride the hot hand each week in the offense and that just did not happen to be Cook this week.

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 reaches end zone (Sun Nov 17, 05:45 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook caught two passes for 33 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. He was targeted two times during the game.

Our View: Cook had a beautiful full extension score on a ball that had a lot of Drew Brees trust behind it. He's a low TE1 against Carolina next week.
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Saints | Jared Cook finishes with 74 yards (Sun Nov 10, 05:16 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook caught six passes for 74 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. He was targeted 10 times during the game.

Our View: Cook is healthy and relevant for fantasy and he has a good matchup against Tampa next week. He should be added in a lot of leagues this week.
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Saints | Jared Cook not on injury report (Fri Nov 8, 06:47 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Saints | New Orleans' Week 10 injury report (Fri Nov 8, 03:55 PM) - New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons. OT Terron Armstead (illness) was added to the injury report Friday, Nov. 8, while TE Josh Hill (calf) was limited; both players have been cleared to play. TE Jared Cook (ankle), WR Tre'Quan Smith (ankle), QB Drew Brees (thumb) and RB Alvin Kamara (knee, ankle) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Saints | Jared Cook practices Thursday (Thu Nov 7, 07:44 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Schedule

12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
17@ Carolina Panthers