TE Jared Cook - Green Bay Packers
|6-6, 246||Born: 4-7-1987||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 20: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Green Bay was defeated in Atlanta 32-33 back in Week Eight - Aaron Rodgers carried the offense (both literally and figuratively) during the game with 28/38 for 246 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (while taking three sacks for -23 yards), and also led the team in rushing with 6/60/0 to his credit. Jordy Nelson led the receiving corps (nine targets for 4/94/1 receiving), followed by Davante Adams (14 for 12/74/0), Jeff Janis (four for 4/30/1), Trevor Davis (four for 3/24/1) and Geronimo Allison (four for 2/21/1). Against the Cowboys last weekend, Aaron Rodgers prevailed in a 34-31 shootout (28/43 for 355 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -29 yards). Green Bay was up 21-3 at one point during the game, but the shaky secondary let the Cowboys get back into the game, necessitating last-second heroics by Jared Cook (he led the team in receiving with 11 targets for 6/103/1 receiving, and set up the game-winning field goal with an inspired sideline catch, just barely staying in-bounds to make the grab). Adams (10 for 5/76/0), Randall Cobb (eight for 7/62/0), and Allison (five for 3/46/0) picked up the slack that Nelson (out due to broken ribs) left after his Wild Card round injury. Richard Rodgers (two targets for 1/34/1 receiving) handled the other TD pass for Aaron Rodgers. As of last Sunday, Nelson said he still couldn't breathe properly due to his ribs injury - we'll see if he can go in the Conference Championship round, but even if he does get in the game it is an open question how long he can take hits with broken ribs limiting him. Nelson (ribs) has a chance to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons, but it is only a small chance, according to a source in Green Bay on Tuesday, January 17. Aaron Rodgers posted a scintillating 25/40 for 362 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions vs. New York two games ago, doing without Nelson for much of the game - with or without Nelson, the Packers' passing attack is going full bore entering this rematch with the Falcons. Atlanta's pass defense pressured Russell Wilson consistently with their rushers (three sacks taken for -17 yards), and also converted two interceptions during the 20-36 victory over Seattle - Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs thrown during the loss. In contrast, the Saints' Drew Brees threw 29/50 for 341 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception at Atlanta (taking two sacks for -9 yards) during the regular-season finale (a 32-38 Atlanta victory at home). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out (just one less allowed than Green Bay's total of 32 given up). Though they played well against Seattle, it's fair to say that the Atlanta secondary still has a lot to prove in this Conference Championship game. This matchup produced a shootout during regular season, and Green Bay has a good matchup to work with here in the post-season, too.
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2016 Week 19 vs DAL (11 / 6 / 104 / 1 rec)
The hero of Sunday afternoon, Jared Cook was Aaron Rodgers most frequent and consistent target. Yes, he had a few misses he could have made, but he also made some big catches when it counted, most notably a 36-yard catch with just a few seconds left in the game to set up a game-winning field goal. The play started with 12 seconds left and Aaron Rodgers scrambling to find an open man. The Dallas secondary was once again blanketing the receivers, but Cook was able to break free and run towards the sideline. Rodgers saw him and delivered a crisp pass down the sideline. Cook hauled it in and did a fantastic job keeping both feet in bounds to complete the catch. He also scored on a short 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter when the defense bit on a playaction pass and left him wide open. While he often is criticized for what seem like focus-drops--and we saw a relatively poor performance in the first half to remind us of that--Cook did a tremendous job keeping his focus on that play and it's likely nobody will remember his first half struggles
2016 Week 18 vs NYG (9 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
There was a great battle during parts of the game between Cook and safety Landon Collins, with Collins getting the better of Cook several times, including an early deep pass down the sideline which was a bit underthrown and Collins knocked away. Cook often seems hesitant to really fight for the ball, and had he come back a bit harder, he might have had a better shot at a catch. Cook also had a huge drop at the end of the first half. On the play, which would have put the Packers in field goal range but might not have left them with enough time to set up a kick or spike the ball, Cook got open on a seam route, but the ball popped out as soon as he got hit. Cook did make up for it a bit in the third quarter when he made a nice catch with a defender hanging on his back, and then bulled his way through several defenders for a first down. It's hard to say how involved Cook will be in the offense if Jordy Nelson (rib) is out for Dallas. The Packers leaned on Randall Cobb and Davante Adams far more in the second half, while Cook was targeted only twice.
2016 Week 17 vs DET (8 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Cook saw solid targets for the third week in a row, though he wasn't always able to come down with them. He continues to play well enough to attract Aaron Rodgers' attention, but is a bit inconsistent. Rodgers toss him the ball on two short passes--one in the middle of the field which he turned and took for 24 yards, and one to the left which he was able to gain 15 yards on. The Lions had a hard time bringing him down when he got the ball in his hands on both plays.
2016 Week 16 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Cook wasn't a huge part of the offense but had a beautiful reception down the sideline early in the fourth quarter. On the play, Trae Waynes had really good coverage on Cook, but Aaron Rodgers delivered the ball just over Waynes head, where Cook reached up and snatched the ball for a huge 30-yard catch. Earlier on, Cook could have had another great catch along the sideline, but failed to get both feet in bounds.
2016 Week 15 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Apparently the Chicago Bears forgot Cook was on the team during the first half, as he tore them apart before they realized he was there and shut him down in the second. Cook had some huge chunk plays in that first half, though, catching balls for 27, 21 and 17 yard plays. His longest play came on his first one, the 27-yarder in the first quarter. The play came on a 3rd and 2, and Aaron Rodgers had to work to escape pressure. Cook was running down the left sideline and had just a step on coverage. Rodgers threw a desperation pass, which Cook did a really nice job of scooping off the turf for a big gain.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Cook left the game with a chest injury but is expected to play next week. Since he missed the second half, he had a low-production day. Since Week 11, Cook has been inconsistent, and if the chest injury is something that lingers, he may continue to be that way.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
After one catch for negative yardage, all of Cooks' other receptions went for first downs. There just weren't a lot of them as many of Aaron Rodgers targets went to Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After a massive explosion in production last week, Cook wasn't relevant to the overall gameplan. He had a nice catch for a first down, dropped another reception when he was hit and was flagged for a false start.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (11 / 6 / 105 / 1 rec)
The Packers have been waiting for Jared Cook to get healthy again, so he can serve as a vertical threat and a mismatch against linebackers and safeties down the middle of the field. It was a day filled with ups and downs. On the plus side was his touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, which began as a 1st and Goal on the 6-yard line, Cook ran a short slant and Rodgers hit him just as he crossed the goal line. Cook was jarred while he caught the ball but he did a good job hanging onto it for the score. That was not the case in the fourth quarter with just over three minutes left. On that play, a 2nd and 2 in Washington territory, Cook ran a short out route and quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw him an easy pass. Cook then turned upfield to get the first down, but as he crossed the first down marker, corner Josh Norman poked the ball out of the tight end's hands and it was picked up by Will Compton for Washington. It was the first turnover of the game. Washington marched down the field for a touchdown to go up to 42-24.
2016 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Packers wanted to get Cook more involved, but that was derailed early in the second quarter by an ankle injury which forced Cook from the game. On the play, the pass went off his shoulder pads and then he appeared to be tackled by a defender, with the Lions player landing on Cook's legs. Cook had a nice catch on a slant in the first quarter, and was targeted one other time before his injury, which is not believed to be season-ending.
2016 Week 2 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Cook saw more snaps and more targets but still is an afterthought in the offense. Further, on one goal-line play he was supposed to block for Eddie Lacy and wandered through the hole, lost. Lacy gained a couple of yards, but a proper effort on blocking might have sprung him.
2016 Week 1 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After a very nice preseason which seemed to indicate Cook was going to see a lot of work from Aaron Rodgers, he saw very little work. Cook has consistently disappointed in the past and if we're to take anything from Week 1, it may be that it's going to happen again.
Latest NewsPackers | Jared Cook goes off against Dallas (Sun Jan 15, 08:10 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook finished with six catches on a team-high 11 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in a 34-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Jan. 15. Our View: Cook's catch to set up the game-winning field goal will be replayed for years. It was an amazing display of his athleticism, concentration and body control. Without WR Jordy Nelson, the Packers went to Cook more and he came through.
link to story Packers | Jared Cook will be FA after season (Sat Jan 14, 03:42 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST. Our View: Cook made it through 10 games with the Packers this year, and there were times in the regular season (Week 11 vs Washington) that he looked like the player he always could be. The potential and talent has always been there with Cook, but staying healthy and staying consistent holds him back.
link to story Packers | Five grabs for Jared Cook (Sun Jan 8, 08:18 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Jared Cook finished with five catches for 48 yards in a 38-13 win over the New York Giants Sunday, Jan. 8. link to story
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