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Cook thinks Rams offense better-suited to his skills

St. Louis Rams new tight end Jared Cook expresses excitement about future AP

The Rams paid tight end Jared Cook to be a difference-maker.

And it’s clear that Cook feels that playing for the Titans prevented him from being one.

Cook’s decision to leave the Titans was easy when the Rams offered a five-year, $35.1 million deal, but he said the fit was simply better.

That offense really didn’t suit me,’’ Cook said, via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It didn’t fit me. That’s just how it is. Every team a player goes to, the fit is not perfect. Some guys have to move around to two or three teams before they find the perfect fit. . . .

“I think I’m on an elevator going up.”

Clearly, he felt stuck with the Titans, saying he didn’t get chances to make as many plays as he felt capable of. And he apparently thinks Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is a significant upgrade over Titans quarterback Jake Locker.

“I’ve always kind of had to use my catch radius and make kind of circus catches,’’ Cook said. “Not so much here. [Bradford] puts it right on the money, and he makes good reads. He’s going to hold onto it before he throws interceptions, which is being a smart quarterback.

“That’s part of being a veteran quarterback, not making dumb decisions, being conscious about your decision-making.’’

While it’s not as if Cook went from Tim Tebow to Aaron Rodgers, Bradford is more than capable of being at least a league-average quarterback (which Locker hasn’t approached). And by adding offensive weapons, including Cook, that gulf could widen.

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10 Responses to “Cook thinks Rams offense better-suited to his skills”
  1. bechillin says: Jun 10, 2013 9:29 AM

    bradford needs an online and some weapons and he can go some special things. even though i hate fisher, it would be cool to see this kid do some big things

  2. baily67 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    and Delanie Walker is an upgrade from Cook. Cook wants to be a wide receiver, not a tight end, can’t block if his life depended on it, so the Titans got the better deal.

  3. tennesseetitan78 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    I guess he’s just speaking his mind…but damn Jarod you could show a little more respect to the team that traded up in the draft to get you. Plus on top of that the Titans nicely let you go…as you wished. I’ve meet Jarod twice and he was always stuck up, never seemed like he cared. But I sure hope the other TE can block cause jarods horrible at it. Well good luck to ya anyway Jarod!!

  4. schmitty2 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:49 AM

    baily67 says:Jun 10, 2013 10:12 AM

    and Delanie Walker is an upgrade from Cook. Cook wants to be a wide receiver, not a tight end, can’t block if his life depended on it, so the Titans got the better deal.

    Really? I will agree Cook needs work on blocking but have you seen Walker in pass catching? The guy drops numerous balls

  5. wikipediasaidso says: Jun 10, 2013 10:54 AM

    “Clearly, he felt stuck with the Titans, saying he didn’t get chances to make as many plays as he felt capable of. And he apparently thinks Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is a significant upgrade over Titans quarterback Jake Locker.”

    Cook played two seasons before Locker arrived, and Locker didn’t start a game/saw limited action in Cook’s third year, then missed five starts in Cook’s last year.

    So yeah, it totally follows that Locker was what was holding Cook back.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 10, 2013 11:44 AM

    Cook was in Tennessee for four years. Locker only threw him the ball for half a season. Don’t think you can pin the lack of success on Jake.

  7. titansboy says: Jun 10, 2013 2:34 PM

    I’ve seen Mr Cook drop balls that where on his hands in a few games.
    And I blame Chris Palmer for these past few seasons with the titans, that offense was too complicated for such a young team.
    And cook says it was a bad fit in Tennessee so he goes and joins the coach that he played 2 of those bad 4 years under in Jeff fisher? That’s crazy but I wish him luck with the rams. Hopefully Tennessee happy with delanie and st louis loves there new toy cook. He has the quarterback it takes for him to be successful so there’s no more excuses.

  8. headonaswivel says: Jun 10, 2013 2:35 PM

    As a lifelong Titans fan I recall a lot of talk about Cook being too slow to pick up the offense coming into the league. He was continually making mistakes well into his 3rd season; still running the wrong routes. The only reason he was under utilized is because his is too dumb to pick up an offense and the coaching staff never fully trusted him. Oh, that and he blocks as well as Tom Brady.

  9. z0inks says: Jun 10, 2013 4:56 PM

    Regardless of whether or not he was unhappy or felt underutilized in Tennessee…..speaking badly of your former team and/or teammates is *never* considered good form.

  10. dspears06 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:10 PM

    Screw him. Titans tried to get him touches, he just sucks. Hit wasn’t lockers fault, he’s a terrible tight end, at least walker and Stevens are reliable. Don’t blame the team for being a crappy football player the team wasted a second round pick to get him in the third round via trade. Waste of freaking talent, an apparently a giant putz.

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