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 Oct 14): Cook had a game-winning score and is doing better as a middle of the field target for the Saints. Drew Brees will be back soon, Arizona is up in Week 8 and the schedule is good after the bye.

General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Oct 16): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Tough matchup. After a rocky start, Teddy Bridgewater has come into his own as the Saints' starting quarterback. Stepping in cold for Drew Brees in Week 2, Bridgewater spent his first three appearances doing little more than handing off and checking down. But over the last 2 weeks, he's upped his contributions to the Saints' success, throwing for 545 yards (7.8 per attempt) and 5 touchdowns. Bridgewater is playing the simplified game well, and he's working behind an elite front line that's kept him almost entirely clean. There are still warts, of course, and Bridgewater has mostly played like a clear-cut backup. The team is obviously asking less of his arm than of Drew Brees' - he's thrown deep (15+ yards downfield) on only 10% of his attempts thus far. And as long as the Saints are able to win with defense and ball control, that won't change much. He'll likely continue to keep feeding possession man Michael Thomas and his running backs relentlessly. Thomas has drawn 41 looks over Bridgewater's 4 starts, catching 33 of them and averaging 107 yards. He was the prime player in the team's Week 5 shootout win, showcasing his ceiling against the Buccaneers' shaky secondary. Alvin Kamara is the clear second option, though his availability for Sunday (ankle sprain) is unclear. He was limited last week and ceded some snaps and targets to Latavius Murray. It's also worth noting that tight end Jared Cook has actually looked alive with Bridgewater under center. After catching just 5 passes over the first 3 weeks, he's hauled in 10 (with a pair of touchdowns) over the last three. The Chicago pass defense has taken a small step back from its dominant 2018 form, but remains a stout unit and a daunting fantasy matchup. Through 5 games, they've held 3 opposing passers under 235 yards, with the other two posting little more than hollow garbage-time numbers. This is a defense built to make swarming plays in the passing game, and few do it more often. The pass rush, led by Khalil Mack, is versatile and dynamic, though it took a blow this week with Akiem Hicks placed on injured reserve. Cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara are aggressive press guys capable of making plays on the ball, and they've been sticky enough to shut down Davante Adams (4 catches for 36 yards), Courtland Sutton (4 for 40), and Adam Thielen (2 for 6). Teddy Bridgewater faces a daunting task Sunday, and he'll likely stick to safe throws underneath when pressed to throw.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at SEA 44 1.0 7 0 0 0.7
4 vs DAL 40 3.0 21 0 0 2.1
5 vs TB 42 4.0 41 1 0 10.1
6 at JAX 38 3.0 37 1 0 9.7
7 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 0.0 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 2.4 * * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 3.0 * * * *

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 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 ruled out (Fri Oct 18, 05:56 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and has been ruled out for Week 7.

Our View: With Cook and RB Alvin Kamara, the Saints should feed WR Michael Thomas and RB Latavius Murray early and often.
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Saints | Jared Cook sits on Friday (Fri Oct 18, 02:43 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) did not participate in the open portion of practice Friday, Oct. 18.

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Saints | Jared Cook doesn't practice Thursday (Thu Oct 17, 06:04 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) didn't participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 17.

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Saints | Jared Cook does not practice (Wed Oct 16, 06:02 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Saints | Jared Cook finds end zone (Sun Oct 13, 04:26 PM) - New Orleans Saints TE Jared Cook caught three passes for 37 yards and one touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6. He was targeted three times during the game.

Our View: Cook is back in streaming consideration with another touchdown on a perfect throw from Teddy Bridgewater. Next week is a poor matchup against Chicago, but if you hold Cook you'll get the Arizona matchup in Week 8.
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Schedule

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