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.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Rams TE Jared Cook (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lance Kendricks would be a Sneaky Start if Cook can’t play.
CB Tramaine Brock (toe)
T Anthony Davis (knee, ankle), TE Vernon Davis (back), C Marcus Martin (knee), LB Nick Moody (hamstring)
CB Chis Cook (quadricep), DE Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), DE Ray McDonald (knee), DT Ian Williams (ankle), P Andy Lee (right ankle), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)
CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), CB Brandon McGee (foot)
DT Alex Carrington (knee), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (groin), C Barrett Jones (back), RB Chase Reynolds (hip)
Davis was limited in practice all week and is a big question mark heading into Monday night. If Rams TE Jared Cook is available in your league he may make for a solid, last-minute option since it looks like Davis is headed for a game-time call. For the Rams, Britt and Stacy are probably, but it will be a tough matchup for Stacy and the Rams running attack.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) took limited practice reps Thursday. Davis may be able to play, but the Monday night kickoff makes for a dicey situation for fantasy owners. Jared Cook would be a quality Plan B. Even Lance Kendricks would work as a (uninspiring) fallback option.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 2:18pm
At receiver, the Rams listed starters are Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin. Brian Quick is listed behind Britt but it's safe to expect that duo to be on the field together regularly with Austin in the slot. The Rams also list two starters at tight end with Jared Cook and Lance Kendricks on the top line.
Britt, Quick and Austin have all been available in the later rounds due to the uncertainty of how targets and snaps will be distributed. This is not going to be a great pass offense, but Shaun Hill is capable and at least one of these receivers will be fantasy relevant in 2014.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 2:20pm
As has been custom throughout his career, Rams TE Jared Cook struggled to replicate or even approximate his dominating opening week performance in 2013 the rest of the season. After the eye-opening performance against the Cardinals, Cook became the focal point of opposing defenses with additional and more physical coverage thrown his way on a regular basis.
Cook didn't exceed 45 receiving yards in any of the next nine games and didn't score another touchdown until Week 9 against his former team. He finished with 51 catches for 671 yards and five touchdowns. But much of that production came in two games and Cook also struggled with drops, finishing with six for the season.
Cook wasn't consistent but it's something he's working on for this year. He was also hurt by the loss of QB Sam Bradford, so his return should help. Cook is more of a TE2 target in leagues where you need one. Other than that, he's a guy to target on bye weeks as a fill in until he starts to show that consistency.
As advertised, Sam Bradford took part in a pair of seven-on-seven throwing drills Friday during OTAs at Rams Park. But as an added and totally unexpected bonus, Bradford also took part in an 11-on-11 hurry-up _ or 2-minute _ drill.
Coach Jeff Fisher had indicated Thursday that Bradford most likely would be held out of 11-on-11 drills during the OTA sessions in June as a precaution as Bradford completes his rehabilitation from knee surgery last fall.
But either Bradford did some lobbying, or the Rams merely felt good enough about where he's at physically to have him he participate in the full "team" session. At one point Friday, Bradford even scrambled a few steps to his right because of pass-rush pressure and completed a short pass to tight end Jared Cook.
Through the first seven games of the season, Bradford averaged 16.9 FP and was the #11 QB before injuring his knee late in a game against the Panthers. Fantasy-wise, he may have turned a corner, but he's going to have to put together a full, productive season to get a sizable extension from the Rams.
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1:35pm
Tight end Jared Cook is on pace to establish career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns.
With four games remaining in 2013, he already has more reception yards (557) in one season than any Rams tight end since the team moved to St. Louis in 1995. He needs eight more catches to establish a “St. Louis” Rams single-season high for receptions by a tight end.
And he leads the 2013 squad in receptions (40) and yards 12 games into the season.
As the story points out, the prevailing opinion is that Cook has had a disappointing first season with the Rams after signing a five-year, $35.1 million free-agent deal last March following his first four seasons in Tennessee.
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:35am
Sam Bradford is a 58.4% career passer. He's been more efficient this season – 59.5% passing, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 90.7 rating – but never will be known for his accuracy.
Austin stands 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds. He leads the Rams with 24 catches but is averaging only 6.6 yards per reception, meaning he's mostly getting the ball near the line of scrimmage.
The bigger targets presented by Austin Pettis (6-3, 203), tight end Jared Cook (6-5, 254) and even Chris Givens (6-0, 203) are capable of creating more favorable matchups on the perimeter than Austin, who's best suited to the slot and is smallish even for that spot.
"You can get away with those guys if you have (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady," the executive said. "Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys."
Austin is one of the disappointments in this year's fantasy world, mostly because he was pretty hyped up by the team in the offseason. Then the Rams said they were keeping him under wraps in preseason games, but he's obviously yet to be unwrapped this season. According to this story, he's just not a good match with Bradford. Not a good sign for the future either.
It's not a sure thing, but it looks like Gronkowski may avoid PUP, which means the Patriots believe he'll be available to play early in the season. We're expecting him to miss 2-3 games in September, so he's a worthwhile pick in the 3rd or 4th round, depending on risk tolerance. Pair him with Zach Sudfeld or another mid-to-late round TE like Jordan Cameron or Jared Cook, and you should get excellent production out of the TE spot.
Peter King: "I think the single-best player we saw on our tour was St. Louis tight end Jared Cook. What a catch radius. How he caught only 44 balls last year in Tennessee I’ll never know."
Owners who have drafted Cook before are justifiably wary of going down this rabbit hole again, but Cook's situation has changed and the buzz in OTAs and training camp has been uniformly positive. Once the top tier of TEs are gone, Cook is a player to target in the 9th or 10th round.
For Rams WR Chris Givens to take the next step in 2013, he must diversify his game by becoming stronger and smoother on intermediate routes. He had just nine catches between 11 and 20 yards as a rookie.
During the offseason program, Givens pointed out that adding those routes to his game was his primary focus. As part of the plan, Givens added a few pounds to push his weight just north of 200 pounds.
Bruce said Givens is not as “herky jerky” with his routes and appears to be smoother transitioning from running the route to catching the ball. Holt echoed those sentiments.
“He’s done a really good job with his routes, cleaning up his routes,” Holt said. “Speed, big play ability, nice size, there’s still some things that he can work on from a technique standpoint. I think he’s working on it. He’s asking a lot of questions. He’s wanting to improve his game.”
The Rams clearly trust Givens to do more than just run 9-routes deep down the field as he’s actually lining up at all three receiver positions in this camp.
At tight end, Rams free-agent signee Jared Cook began building his rapport with Sam Bradford during sessions in the summer. They've already connected endlessly in camp, making one believe he'll serve as Bradford's security blanket like Danny Amendola was in 2012. What the coaches also like is that when Bradford throws it, Cook catches it. "Jared has a giant receiving radius," HC Jeff Fisher said. "With Sam's accuracy, Sam can put the ball out of frame to complete it. And they work really well together."
Cook is an upside TE2, though his ADP (9.09) is high considering that he isn't all that accomplished in his career. That could change in 2013, though former Cook owners have heard this song before.
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