One of the big offseason signings for the New Orleans Saints was tight end Jared Cook, and through just a few days of OTAs, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees has been impressed with what he's seen.
“I’d read a lot of good things about him before he got here, but he’s certainly impressed us these first couple of days,” Brees said Thursday via The Advocate. “He’s got a great feel for the game, and I think he’s going to fit very well in our offense.
Cook is 6-foot-5 and 254 pounds and that is a big target for Brees to throw to. Brees thinks that is going to be a key on 50/50 balls.
“He’s got great length, so he’s got a big catch radius. You feel confident with those 50-50 balls. You feel like there’s a lot of places where you can throw if where he can get it and the other guy can’t. Anytime you have a target like that, you feel like that’s a good matchup.”
The Saints lost Benjamin Watson this offseason to a quick retirement, and later signing with the Patriots. They also have some questions in the wide receiver room, so Brees needed a target that he can trust to get him a catch when he desperately needs one.
Cook should take some of the pressure off Michael Thomas who has been a focal point of the Saints offense for the last couple of years.
As long as Cook can stay healthy look for Brees to look to him a lot, especially in key spots when he needs a key play.