Jared Cook: A New Look

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By Amol Nadkarni

TE Jared Cook has been in the NFL since 2009, but has never really managed to break out in the way many expected him to when he first came out of the University of South Carolina. With the St. Louis Rams, Cook showed some promising signs of becoming a top tight end, when in 2013 he finished with 51 receptions for 671 yards and five touchdowns. The following year, he managed similar numbers and it started to look like he would steadily progress into a go-to option for the Rams. However, in 2015, Cook had a year to forget managing just 39 receptions for 481 yards and zero touchdowns. Entering the offseason, Cook was released by the Rams and ended up signing a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Suddenly Cook became an intriguing fantasy option.

The Packers are still trying to find someone to replace TE Jermichael Finley, who was a star for the Pack when they won their Super Bowl in 2011. TE Richard Rodgers has been somewhat productive but not a go-to tight end. Enter Cook. Cook might be pushing 30 but he is still an elite athlete who could flourish with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing him the rock. Cook has never played with a quarterback as good as Rodgers, yet he has had productive years in the past. Now with a future Hall of Famer throwing him the ball, Cook might be in line to have his best season to date. Cook is a late round option who could fill up your bench to start the season but could morph into a starter.