New Orleans Saints to expand offense to open up more plays for Jared Cook
The New Orleans Saints offense is already one of the best in the NFL. Now, their offense could be better with the addition of Jared Cook to the passing attack.
According to Sean Payton himself, New Orleans is going to expand their offense to open up more plays for Cook. The Saints already have weapons like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara at Drew Brees’ disposal, but Cook could add more flavor the offense.
Last season, Cook had career-highs in just about every stat with the Oakland Raiders. Cook finished the season with 68 receptions, 896 yards, and six touchdowns (all career-highs).
Cook has spent 10 years in the NFL but has yet to find a consistent role in an offense since he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009. With Cook’s athleticism at tight end, his strength is being a pass-catcher in the offense.
The veteran tight end flourished last season in Oakland with Jon Gruden using Cook more out-wide like a wide receiver. With the limited weapons that were in the Raiders offense, Derek Carr turned to Cook for the majority of the targets in the passing game.
After the 2018 season ended, Cook was looking for a contract from the Raiders to return to the offense in 2019. Instead, Cook ended up deciding to take a two-year, $15 million contract from the Saints to play alongside Brees and company.
Cook knows that the Saints are knocking on the door to being a Super Bowl contender. The versatile tight end will play a crucial role in New Orleans making a deep playoff run in 2019.