Can Jared Cook be the answer at TE for the Raiders?

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The Raiders have a rich history at tight end. Billy Cannon, Dave Casper and Todd Christensen are among those at the position to make Raider Nation proud.

The Raiders would like to see a return of the tight end to their offense this season. It’s why they signed Jared Cook to a two-year, $10.6 million deal.

“With a guy like Jared that can stretch the field vertically like that, it’s going to lead to more single coverage outside,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said via Tacuma Roeback of the San Francisco Chronicle. “…The possibilities are endless when you add a guy at that position that has that much speed vertically. The things that you can do with him really put a lot of stress on the defense.”

Last season, the Raiders’ tight ends combined for only 580 yards, contributing 14 percent of the offense. Cook, who missed six games with an ankle injury, caught 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown last season for the Packers. But he left his mark in the playoffs, catching a 36-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers late in a 34-31 victory over the Cowboys.

Cook had 18 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns in three playoff games.

“He’s a big, long guy, runs really well, stretches the field vertically inside,” offensive coordinator Todd Downing said via Roeback. “He’s a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties. He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out.”

Cook, though, has never had more than 759 yards (in 2011 with Tennessee) or more than five touchdowns (in 2013 with St. Louis). The Raiders are his fourth team in nine seasons.

15 responses to “Can Jared Cook be the answer at TE for the Raiders?

  1. Cooper, Crabtree and the rest of the WR corp need to do a better job of catching the football.

    Too many drops in 2016.

    A stout running game AND the WR’s catching the ball will make Cook that mich more effective.

    In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  2. Cook has tremendous measurables and plays just well enough to convince people that he’s poised for a huge breakout season…but then he ends up being “just okay”. Again.

    He’ll put up maybe 2-3 strong performances throughout the season and show occasional flashes of the player everyone expects him to be…but then he’ll become utterly invisible for weeks at a time.

    He also contributes very little as a blocker…that’s just not his game.

    I don’t have anything against Cook…but he is who he is, and it’s been the same story at every stop of his career. Just don’t get your hopes up and you won’t be disappointed.

  3. Loved having Cook in Green Bay.
    Great teammate and the kid was a difference maker on the field.

    Very disappointing that a high ankle sprain robbed him of a significant part of the season.
    I believe he would have had a monster year.
    Just look at how well he did in the postseason when he was finally healthy.

    Kendricks and Bennett are going to be a nice, convenient trade off for the Packers, but the Raiders will make good use of Jared Cook.

  4. If he’s healthy he can be a help. GB certainly wouldn’t have gotten to the NFC Championship without him.
    That said, he’s basically a big WR. I’m not sure he could move me as a blocker.

  5. He might be the last truly beloved Oakland Raider. That’s his upside. He older, he slower and he’s made the best catch of his life. Downside.

  6. Cookie has always had the POTENTIAL, heck he’s been exceptional at times. His stumbling block is putting in the work to be consistent. Perhaps he can find a way to turn it around.

  7. I wouldn’t expect much from this guy. He’s why the Packers felt they needed an upgrade at the position.

  8. Nicely written article – respectful and asks valid, sports related questions. The jury is still out on Cook, it won’t take long for Carr to see if he’s the real deal or not.

    RN4L

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