Three plays into that practice, Cook caught a 20-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The same thing happened in their preseason debut together. On the Packers’ third play from scrimmage on Friday night against the 49ers, Rodgers fired a slant on third-and-3 that Cook caught and turned into a 19-yard gain. The 6-foot-5, 254-pound tight end proved to be a difficult cover for San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (6-foot-3, 220).
“I think he’s going to be a good part of our offense,” Rodgers said. “He made a lot of plays out there. Did a good job on the basic route on third down that I hit him on, made some contested catches tonight, which was nice to see, and he did a good job with the ball in his hands.
Although it was his only catch from Rodgers in their two series together in the win over the 49ers, Cook caught three more passes and finished with four catches for 54 yards. All four of his grabs were for first downs. Two of them came on third down and another on a fourth-and-4 that went for a 12-yard gain from backup Joe Callahan, the story said. This is a great sign for the Packers as well as those who took a shot on Cook in fantasy drafts. Cook has made a little climb in our rankings but is still only 19th with an ADP of the 15th round, which is presenting great value at the position. We think he has TE1 potential if all goes well.
Jared Cook no longer feels like the new kid on the block in the Packers’ offense
The eighth-year tight end has been immersed in the playbook since he signed as a free agent in March, discovering where he fits into the offense and picking up most of the signals.
The tempo will pick up with the two-time MVP quarterback running the offense, challenging everything Cook has learned over the last five months.
Cook said having Rodgers run the offense will be a good test for him this week. The story added Cook and Rodgers have developed a rapport since Cook came off the PUP list Aug. 9, a key note for Cook's fantasy potential this year. The piece added Cook has been a popular target in the middle of the field as well. Cook's been climbing our TE rankings a bit and we think he'll compare to what Richard Rodgers did last year - finishing as #11 TE. We think Cook has upside and a chance to post TE1 numbers.
Two of the players activated Tuesday — tight end Jared Cook and wide receiver Ty Montgomery — can help Rodgers and the offense. Cook signed with the Packers in free agency after being released by the Rams, and Montgomery caught 15 passes as a rookie, two for touchdowns, despite being limited to six games by injury.
QB Aaron Rodgers hinted Nelson should be close, but it could still be next week before he comes off PUP. Meanwhile, Cook finally will get some camp time with Rodgers. Cook has upside if his Catch Rate and Y/R increase with Rodgers throwing him the ball. If Cook stays healthy and does play starter’s snaps, then he has a great shot at TE1 numbers.
According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Cook is still uncertain when he’ll be able to get back to practice with the Packers.
However, the surgery was minor and isn’t expected to hinder his availability for the start of the season.
“No, it wasn’t anything serious,” Cook said. “It was just, they didn’t want it to prolong and something happen later on down the road in season….I’d just rather be safe than sorry.”
Unfortunately, it's valuable time lost as Cook joins a new team and tries to form chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. Cook also missed the end of offseason programs. If Cook can come back healthy we think he has a great shot at TE1 numbers this season.
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The Packers typically give their top tight around 90 targets per season. Cook has a career Catch Rate of 57.7% and 12.8 Y/R, so assuming he continues at that rate -- which may be low-balling his numbers since the quality of his targets should increase significantly -- he would catch 52 passes for 666 yards. Jermichael Finley averaged 0.34 TD per game in his final three seasons and Richard Rodgers averaged 0.50 TD last year. So if we assume 0.40 TD per game for Cook, that yields 6.4 TD for the season. In PPR formats, that’s about what Richard Rodgers scored last year as the #11 TE. Cook has upside from there if his Catch Rate and Y/R increase with Rodgers throwing him the ball, though the foot injury is keeping Cook and his quarterback from developing the chemistry necessary for consistent in-season production. If Cook stays healthy and does play starter’s snaps, then he has a great shot at TE1 numbers.
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Cook has a chance to return to fantasy relevance now that he's playing with an elite quarterback for the first time in his career. Provided he can hold onto the ball, he should usurp Richard Rodgers as the team's primary tight end.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook, the team's biggest offseason acquisition this year, underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program, multiple sources told ESPN.
The Packers hope that Cook will be back for training camp next month. The surgery was described as "preventative" and something that both Cook and the team wanted to take care of now so that it didn't linger into the regular season.
Cook could surprise this year since it's the first season that he's playing with an elite passer, but offseason foot surgery won't help him build chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. If he's not ready by training camp, he'll be a dicey pick on draft day.
Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.
Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.
The Rams have a brand new home in Los Angeles -- and a rapidly changing roster to go with it.
The team released defensive end Chris Long, linebacker James Laurinaitis and tight end Jared Cook on Friday. The club later confirmed the moves.
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Cook was the subject of a pair of conflicting trade reports by national media outlets on Sunday even though the Rams were on their bye week.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, St. Louis is among two teams (San Francisco is the other) receiving "exploratory" phone calls about the availability of a tight end in advance of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.
Later Sunday, Pro Football Talk reported that Cook was on the trading block but, citing a league source, said the Rams are the ones engaging clubs in a possible deal for the seven-year veteran.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Rams TE Jared Cook (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Cook is a high-end TE2 against the Raiders simply due to the number of targets he receives.
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:40pm
Jared Cook is active, but not a strong fantasy option.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Rams TE Jared Cook (back, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Cook may play against the Chargers, but he’s not good enough to ignore red flags like back injuries and bad matchups.
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