New Orleans Saints: 3 reasons the trade report on Tyler Eifert makes no sense

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates a touchdown during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Jared Cook is underused as is

The thought entering this season was that Jared Cook would be a prime end zone target for New Orleans. While the Saints haven’t gotten in the end zone much as is, they certainly haven’t been targeting their 6-foot-5 tight end as much as many would’ve liked to have seen.

Cook was just over 100 yards away from a 1,000-yard season last year. Derek Carr overused his tight end, and now on a much more dynamic offense, the Saints haven’t used Cook. Even with Brees leading the way, Cook was non-factor.

That’s not because of Cook’s ability. It’s more because of the target distribution. The Saints would rather get Alvin Kamara out wide or the ball into the hands of the recently-extended Michael Thomas. The team wants its superstars to take over.

Eventually, they’ll need more than Thomas and Kamara, especially in the postseason as defensives get more competitive.

Cook will be there then, but until they opt to give him more targets, there’s no point in bringing in another tight end with similar features that’ll provide almost exactly the same service. What could Eifert do that Cook couldn’t?

To quantify Cook’s production, he’s seen a mere eight receptions on 18 targets. While he did secure four receptions for 41 yards along with a touchdown in Week 5, Cook hadn’t been well utilized up to this point.

Cook is just over 130 yards on the season. In Week 1 of the 2018 season, Cook put up 180 yards for the Raiders. That said, he’s certainly not hit his full potential in New Orleans so why would they bring in another tight end to take his little targets anyway?

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