Raiders TE Jared Cook to replace Chiefs’ Travis Kelce at Pro Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs came up just short of reaching the Super Bowl on Sunday evening, while yet another season has come to an abrupt end for Andy Reid’s squad. While the Chiefs will not be participating in this year’s Super Bowl, thanks to Tom Brady and the heralded New England Patriots, the team did have a number of players selected to the 2019 Pro Bowl in order to keep the season alive for at least another week.
However, one key member of the team’s potent offense, tight end Travis Kelce, won’t be representing the Chiefs at this year’s festivities after enduring quite a long campaign in Kansas City. Instead, things will be kept in-house as another AFC West tight end, Jared Cook of the Oakland Raiders, will be making the trip to Orlando in place of Kelce, per Oakland’s official website.
The 31-year-old Cook just recently concluded his second season as a member of the Raiders while previously suiting up for the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers along the way. Originally selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of South Carolina, Cook has continued to improve his game year after year.
Now receiving some much-deserved recognition after a stellar season in Oakland, the veteran pass catcher has officially become the first Raiders player to be named to the 2019 Pro Bowl. With Cook setting single-season career-high marks with 68 receptions, 896 receiving yards and six touchdowns, he ultimately served as one of the few bright spots for a Raiders team that took underwhelming to a whole new level in 2018-19.