Last Sunday, tight end Jared Cook went off for his biggest game in a New Orleans Saints jersey. Hauling in a season-high in both receptions and yards, Cook was also able to get into the end zone for the first time this season.
As the Saints travel down to Jacksonville for their Week 6 matchup against the Jaguars, head coach Sean Payton and the rest of the Saints offense will need Cook to step once again. Having three offensive weapons on the injury report that failed to practice Friday in Tre’Quan Smith, Alvin Kamara, and Latavius Murray, the Saints need Cook to have another big game.
In his first season in New Orleans, Cook has been targeted 24 times and has seen those targets become more consistent in the past few weeks. In addition to his targets Cook has also seen his catch percentage rise in each of his past four games, proving to be a reliable target.
While the Jaguars do a solid job against the tight end, it will be up to Cook to get himself in open positions so quarterback Teddy Bridgwater will be able to find him.
Kamara is not only one of the Saints’ biggest weapons, but the leagues, and if he is, in fact, unable to go due to his ankle issues the Saints will be limited. Even his backup Murray failed to practice Friday due to personal issues, meaning the Saints will not be able to rely on the run.
Bridgewater did have his best game of the season in Week 5, hopefully giving him enough confidence to throw the ball more than ever given the cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be questionable to Sunday’s game as well. Bridgewater threw the ball more times last week than any time this season, a good sign for Cook.
The Jags currently sit in the bottom half of the league in terms of passing yards allowed per game but have an odd split in which they allow 110+ more yards per game when they are at home.
Cook has been able to make the most of his opportunities in recent weeks, but with the injuries sustained to New Orleans this week it will be imperative that Cook be a consistent threat in order for the Saints to continue rolling.