TE Jared Cook - New Orleans Saints
|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 9): Cook left the Week 14 game with a concussion, but caught two scores before he was ruled out. If he can clear protocol before the Monday night game, he'll be a top five tight end start for Week 15.
General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Mon Dec 9): suffered a concussion during last week's game and was unable to finish the contest.
Week 15: vs Indianapolis Colts - $4600
FBG says: Good matchup. Drew Brees accounted for six touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing) and 349 passing yards in last week's loss to the 49ers. While last week was certainly his best performance of the season, it was not at all out of the ordinary for Breesas he has had huge weeks throughout his 19-year career and has actually passed for three touchdowns in four of his last seven games since returning from injury in Week 8. A big part of his success this season has to be attributed to having the best wide receiver in football, Michael Thomas. Now garnering MVP buzz, Thomas handily leads the league in both receptions (121) and receiving yards (1,424) while also averaging a league-leading 11.4 targets per game. Thomas has now exceeded 100 receiving yards in seven of his last nine games with double-digit receptions in five of those outings. Beyond Thomas, tight end Jared Cook has been a reliable contributor through the air with over 60 yards in three straight games and three touchdowns over that span. Cook exited last week's game early with a concussion though, so his status may be in question for this Monday night game. The Colts defense has certainly shown some signs of weakness lately as they have allowed season-highs in total points (31 and 36) in back-to-back weeks. Their secondary is relatively absent of individual playmakers, yet they had been playing very well as an overall unit for most of the season--holding opposing quarterbacks to the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game through the first 10 weeks of the season. Their last four games have been a different story, however, as the Colts have given up multiple passing touchdowns in all four games, an average of 313 passing yards per game, and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. After coughing up over 450 yards and four touchdowns to Tampa Bay last week, this defense is firmly trending in the wrong direction. Cornerback Pierre Desir stands no chance against Michael Thomas, while even the likes of Ted Ginn and tight end Jared Cook (if he plays) should all have favorable matchups. The Colts have had some success in rushing opposing passers with top edge rusher Justin Houston, but they should be outmatched this week against the top-tier Saints offensive line that has given up the fourth-fewest sacks (21) in football. All in all, the Saints passing offense should have ample opportunities to continue putting up big numbers through the air this week.
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
2019 Week 14 vs SF (2 / 2 / 64 / 2 rec - 20.4 points, $4200)
With touchdown catches on the first 2 drives of the game, Cook was in line to have his best game as a Saint this week. His first catch went for 38 yards and a touchdown. He ran a skinny post and caught the ball 18 yards down field before a poor diving tackle attempt by San Francisco let him rumble another 20 yards down the field for the score. His second catch went for 26 yards and was an amazing diving attempt into the end zone. Cook went full extension but left himself exposed to a helmet to helmet hit that left him with a concussion and ended his day. A penalty was called on the play and the Saints failed to convert the 2-point conversion with a Taysom Hill rush attempt on the next play. His return to the game was probable until he started showing concussion symptoms on the side line. He will have to clear the NFL concussion protocol this week before being able to return next Monday against the Colts.
2019 Week 13 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 85 / 0 rec - 11.5 points, $4800)
Cook continues to play better and become a bigger part of this offense. His targets seem to have come at the expense of Ted Ginn, and he is making the most of them right now. Cook had the longest play of the game for either team when he settled into the void in coverage down the left side line and then rumbled down the field for a 40-yard gain. He caught just 3 of his 6 targets this week, but that was enough to lead the team in receiving by almost double. The Saints are a balanced enough team that they find ways to win even when their stars do not perform in a given week. Expect Cook to play a big role down the stretch and heading into the playoffs for the Saints.
2019 Week 12 vs CAR (8 / 6 / 99 / 1 rec - 21.9 points, $4500)
Finally, their big off season signing has a great game and is looking to be worth the money they paid him. Cook now has a touchdown in 4 out of his last 5 games, had a season high in yardage, and tied his season high in receptions. Cook had a 21-yard catch to help setup a late Michael Thomas touchdown, and a 20-yard touchdown catch of his own. He ran a rather ugly out and up route, but it was just enough to fool his defender and get him wide open in the seam. There was no help over the top and the outside coverage was pulled in by a slanting Michael Thomas. Cook has recovered from the drops and fumbles early in the season and has played like a TE1 the past few weeks. The Saints lack a true #3 receiver and that should provide for several targets down the stretch for Cook as he continues to pick up the offense and work with Brees.
2019 Week 11 vs TB (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec - 11.3 points, $4400)
Everything continues to turn around for Cook as he is making more plays in the offense and seems to have put the early season struggles behind him. He was the 3rd leading receiver this week behind Thomas and Kamara and he caught both of his targets. He had a big 30-yard catch where he went right up the seam and rumbled down the field for the big gain and then he had a very athletic 3-yard touchdown catch. It was Brees' second touchdown pass of the game and looked like it was going to be a pass out the back of the end zone before Cook made a leaping and acrobatic catch. He went up and over his defender and absorbed a hit from a crashing safety and still completed the catch to the ground for the touchdown. This is the type of play that the Saints signed him for, and he continues to trend towards the TE1 they thought they were signing as the season goes on.
2019 Week 10 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec - 13.4 points, $4100)
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 - 12.7 points, $3400)
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 - 14.1 points, $3400)
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 - 5.1 points, $3600)
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 - 1.7 points, $3800)
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 - 4.5 points, $4700)
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 - 5.7 points, $4500)
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.
Latest NewsSaints | Jared Cook fully practices (Fri Dec 13, 08:03 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 13. link to story Saints | New Orleans' Friday practice report (Fri Dec 13, 04:55 PM) - New Orleans Saints LB Kiko Alonso (quad), OT Andrus Peat (forearm), S Vonn Bell (knee) and CB Patrick Robinson (calf) did not take part in practice for a second straight day Friday, Dec. 13. OT Terron Armstead (ankle), DE Cameron Jordan (abdomen), C Will Clapp (elbow), LB A.J. Klein (knee) and FB Zach Line (knee) were limited. TE Jared Cook (concussion) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, while QB Drew Brees (elbow) also participated in full. Our View: Cook is on track to return for Monday night's matchup and hopefully we will get some clarity on his status before games kick off on Sunday afternoon.
link to story Saints | Jared Cook limited Thursday (Thu Dec 12, 06:10 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. Our View: Cook has an extra day to clear concussion protocol with the Saints playing Monday night. He's a strong TE1 if he's active but you might need to carry Josh Hill into Monday night if you want to count on him.
link to story Saints | Jared Cook visits the end zone twice (Sun Dec 8, 07:56 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) caught two passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns on a pair of targets vs. the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8. He left early with a concussion. link to story Saints | Jared Cook has concussion (Sun Dec 8, 02:40 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (concussion) suffered a concussion during the Week 14 game and will not return. link to story More News
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