Saints coach Sean Payton has high praise for Jared Cook
Head coach Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints did not earn a first-round bye in the postseason despite impressing throughout the 2019 regular season. However, the surging NFC South franchise will host a playoff game on “Wild Card Weekend,” thanks in part to the continued success of veteran tight end Jared Cook
While Cook is just one a several Saints that encountered stellar campaigns this time around, the aforementioned Payton recently had some serious praise for the seasoned pass catcher.
“He made a heck of a catch today,” Payton said of his tight end following the Saints Week 17 win over the rival Carolina Panthers, via USA TODAY Sports. “He’s got a big catch radius. I love to see how he’s playing right now. Last week he had a significant game and a few weeks back prior to going out of the game he already had two touchdowns, so he’s a big part of what we do.”
Cook has notably played 11 seasons at the NFL level while also suiting up for the Tennessee Titans, then-St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Oakland Raiders along the way. Even though Cook was limited to just 14 regular-season games in what ultimately became a memorable first year as a member of the Saints, his 705 receiving yards in 2019-20 are the third-highest of his professional career. Cook also managed to produce 43 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns for the Saints this year.