TE Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

HT: 6-6, WT: 246, Born: 4-7-1987, College: South Carolina, Drafted: Round 3

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2014 Projections

David Dodds15.047.056912.14.081
Bob Henry16.050.061012.24.085
Jason Wood16.044.052511.94.077
Maurile Tremblay16.040.051312.83.069

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: Jared Cook (190), D Brown (191),
Position: T Kelce (177-TE20), D Allen (183-TE21), Jared Cook (190 - TE22), C Fleener (193-TE23), G Graham (212-TE24)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: Jared Cook (182), J Starks (183), A Hawkins (184)
Position: D Allen (172-TE20), T Eifert (177-TE21), Jared Cook (182 - TE22), C Fleener (192-TE23), G Graham (207-TE24)
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2014 Schedule

1at Atlanta Falcons
2at Cleveland Browns
3 Minnesota Vikings
4at Dallas Cowboys
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bye week
7at Detroit Lions
8 Green Bay Packers
9at Carolina Panthers
10 San Francisco 49ers
11 Cincinnati Bengals
12 Baltimore Ravens
13at Pittsburgh Steelers
14 Carolina Panthers
15at Chicago Bears
16 Atlanta Falcons
17at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2013 Game Summaries

Week 1 - The Rams did a great job of exploiting whichever unlucky defender was matched up on Cook. Cook runs faster than many receivers, as he showed on all of his big runs. On his 47 yard reception that he ultimately fumbled, Cook just ran past Dansby and Bradford hit him in stride. Yeremiah Bell was the victim in the 13 yard TD as he took a short pass and outran Bell to the pylon. Middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley had no chance at the end of the third quarter, as Cook streaked across the field and just outran him for another long gain.

Interestingly enough, on the final go-ahead drive, the Cardinals matched Cook up against CB Jerraud Powers. Cook couldnít outrun Powers, but instead he made a great fake to the inside and then cut outside, took in the long reception and got a long gain that put the Rams into field goal position. So when he wasnít outrunning hapless linebackers and safeties, he was torching CBís with moves usually reserved for receivers.

His obvious fumble was his lone mistake, and it loomed large for most of the game. But now with a weekís worth of film, it will be interesting to see how coordinators gameplan to stop Cook and whether the double-team that he will surely draw will open things up for the rest of the offensive players on St. Louis

Week 2 - Week 1 was great to Jared Cook. But this is not the first time Cook has exploded. Titans fans saw glimpses of his ability from time to time in Tennessee. But the problem with Cook has always been consistency. After the Falconsí game, the question will be swirling all week, as Cook was held to one catch. His solitary reception was a second quarter slant pass in which he caught the ball, made a defender miss and got upfield.

Cook had two targets that it appears he was at fault on. On the first occasion, Cook broke deep and Bradford threw it to him. Cook has always seemed to struggle with timing on jump passes, and it appears he potentially could have caught this ball if he had just kept running. But Cook mis-timed the jump and the pass fell incomplete. Then later on in the game, Cook was bumped off his route, which was a simple out pattern. Cook made the cut, and then didnít aggressively continue with the route. Bradfordís pass was out in front of him by a yard or two, but it was obvious that Cook didnít complete the route.

However, much of Cookís lack of production was a product of the game plan. On many occasions in the second half, Cook went deep, and the Falcons stayed with him. The Falcons had a lead and didnít want it to evaporate quickly. Bradford kept moving the ball and kept things short. Pettis, Austin and Givens worked the middle of the field, and Cook drew defenders deep.

So even though Cook made a few mistakes, the overall gameplan revolved around Bradford hitting the open man, and Cook played his part of decoy very well.

Week 3 - Cook was Mr. Invisible again in the first half. Of course in the first half, the Rams rarely had the ball, but itís notable that when the game was close, Cook wasnít a part of the gameplan. Why is this? Itís hard to say. Of course when you get one first down in the first six series, itís tough to know what the gameplan would have been. Cook got his first catch at the end of the first half on a 9 yard slant pass. Facing a prevent defense, Cook was used in the second half against a looser Cowboy defense. He had a catch in the middle of the field and he turned it into a 19 yard gain. He also got into the spirit, dropping a pass on 4th and 20 that was right in his hands. It probably wouldnít have been a first down, but was another in a long day of drops for the receivers. Why Cook canít make himself a part of the playbook is probably due to the fact that he is unable to shake defenders early on. In the first game this year, most of his big gains came on slow-developing plays where he outran linebackers across the middle of the field. Bradford didnít have time for those types of plays in the first half, and Austin and Pead were the guys catching the passes underneath, not Cook.

Week 4 - Cook is atrocious at blocking. They might as well make him a wide receiver, and at times it appears thatís what they are doing. Kendricks still plays quite a bit, and Cook lines up way outside on a number of occasions. Cookís night wasnít great. He had one long gain when Whitner dropped an interception and it fell right in Cookís hands for a long gain. Cook just isnít a tremendous route runner. If you look at the tape from the first game of the year, many of Cookís long gains were as a result of great protection. Cook would start at one side of the field, use his speed to gain separation on crossing routes or over-the-middle routes, and Bradford would hit him. But these routes were all slow to develop. Cook doesnít seem to possess the ability to quickly get free of defenders and get open. As the Oline is falling apart and Bradford is facing heavy pressure, Cook isnít able to help his QB out. Unfortunately he canít block either, so this is a lose-lose scenario for the Rams.

Week 5 - Cook was noticeably receiving less playing time in the first half, in what perhaps was a bit of a wake-up call to the enigmatic TE. In the second half, he drew a long pass interference call on tight coverage as he tried to change directions and fell to the ground with the defender draped all over him. Cook then took a short pass across the middle, made a defender miss and got ahead for a 14 yard gain. When the year started, it looked like Cook was going to be the main target for Bradford. But as the season has progressed, the inconsistency that plagued him in Tennessee has returned, as has the poor blocking, and the inability to gain quick separation. Whether Cook takes this wake-up call seriously or not is a question to be answered next week.

Week 6 - Cook only had 2 receptions, but both of them were huge plays. The first catch didnít come until the 2nd half. Cook ran a mid-range out pattern on 3rd down, getting an 11 yard gain. Then later on the drive, Cook broke across toward the left side of the field, and Bradford hit him right as he was getting hit. Cook grabbed the reception, then turned on the jets, and got upfield for a 34 yard gain, showcasing that WR speed. Those were the only two receptions for Cook, who was often used as a decoy throughout the first half.

Week 7 - Aside from his week one explosion, Cook has been a pretty major disappointment for the Rams. He isnít getting a lot of targets, and he isnít making many plays. 4 receptions for 33 yards is not the way to use a big, speedy target, but it is normal for Cook in his career. Cookís inability to be a consistent blocker keeps him off the field on a lot of running plays, which further limits his ability. Whether Clemens will look to Cook more than Bradford, is the big mystery. But at this point, Cook is just another guy. Heís not doing anything spectacular, and not threatening the defense at all.

Week 8 - Cook didnít get many looks early in the game, as the offense struggled badly. However, as Clemens settled down, he hit Cook across the middle for 3 completions in the second half. Cook is a big target and I would expect that Clemens will focus on Cook and Givens in the passing game. If Clemens is to have any success, heíll need Cook to step up. That being said, for some reason Cookís routes are all short curl routes. In the first game of the season, Cook was being used to stretch the field, and he ran slants where he would use his speed to break past linebackers and get open. For some reason, those days are gone, which is a shame because the Rams need some play-makers.

Week 9 - Cook had a very ďJared CookĒ day. On the opening drive, he found himself matched against a DT, he ran an out, caught the ball and exploded ahead for 17 yards. However, then he disappeared for the remainder of the first half, aside from a dropped pass on the final drive of the half. In the second half, Cook finally came alive again with two big catches. One was a simple ten yard reception over the middle, and then he followed that up with a great catch between three defenders in the endzone for a 10 yard touchdown. Cook has the ability, but itís those long periods between receptions where he disappears that are concerning. Unfortunately, this has become the normal for Jared Cook. Heís consistently inconsistent.

Week 10 - Cook had one reception, a 17 yard reception on single coverage in the 2nd half. At this point, Cook isnít worth starting in fantasy, as heís just too inconsistent. But he still has undeniable talent and will make some big plays, especially as defenses focus on Stacy, Austin and Givens.

Week 12 - As the Rams have morphed into a power running team, Cook has been stepping up and making the big plays that are needed on occasion in an offense of this type. On play-action, Cook was nearly unstoppable. On two occasions, he ran out, turned around and found that nice spot in the middle of the zone and made big receptions. The first reception was for a short TD, and the second one was in the second half for a huge 18 yard gain and a first down. Later on in the second half, Cook bailed out a scrambling Clemens by improvising and taking off toward the sideline. Clemens got him the ball and Cookís speed enabled him to blow past the linebackers and get 29 yards. Cook also drew a pass interference penalty on a fade pass early in the game. The penalty came on 3rd down, and the Rams punched it in on the next play. Ironically, as the Rams have begun throwing the ball less, Cookís numbers have gotten better. The Rams seem to be focusing on making use of his athletic ability, and heís making defenses pay.

Week 13 - Cook had two drops early on that really hurt the passing game. Granted, both balls were thrown a bit poorly, but Cook has to make some plays at some point. He almost dropped a 3rd pass, as he bobbled it as he was slanting across the field. But he held on and got 20 yards, using that speed that continues to tantalize. Cook also had a 20 yard deep pass across the middle late in the game, but as with all the passing game yardage, this was on a 49er defense that was giving up receptions over the middle. When the game counted, Cook and the rest of the offense were completely ineffective.

Week 14 - Like much of the Rams offense, Cook was ineffective. Early on Clemens through a deep ball to Cook, and while it was behind him, he got both hands on it and was unable to come down with the reception. Cookís only real big play of the day was a meaningless 31 yard reception with no time remaining in the first half and the Cardinals only concerned with not giving up a TD. Cook remains a poor play in all formats, due to his inconsistency and his QB.

Week 15 - Cook only had one reception, an 8 yard gain on play-action. At this point, heís not inconsistent anymore, heís just not any good. If you take away the big first game, heís been a huge bust. Thereís no reason he should be started in any format.

Week 16 - Cook got the ball on a quick slant, turned upfield and picked up 18 yards. Cook has a ton of speed, and is a mis-match against any linebacker in the league. Why he doesnít get more receptions is baffling. He just doesnít appear to be able to get himself involved in the gameplan enough, as he disappears with alarming frequency. At this point, heís nothing more than an occasional matchup problem for the defense. Certainly not a factor in fantasy.

Week 17 - On the first series of the game, Cook took a short pass and streaked upfield for 14 yards. Then he had a very quiet game until the final scoring drive. On that drive, he caught two passes for short yardage, including a 7 yarder in which he showed impressive power in fighting three guys to get a first down. Finally, Cook capped off the drive by running a quick out and catching a 2 yard TD. Overall, the 2013 season ends on a disappointing note for Cook. Expected to be a premier TE, Cook disappeared for long stretches of games, and the injury to Bradford didnít help things. His inability to block consistently kept Kendricks on the field, and there is no reason to think Cook will fair any better next year.