I would say that it’s safe to say that Jared Cook deserved a top 100 spot. The Pro Bowler from a season ago put together an excellent season, despite missing two games.
His recognition may have been cast in the shadow of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Drew Brees for voting, despite that effect being unfolded in a productive way during the season where Cook torched defenses and scored many touchdowns late in the season.
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In 2019, Cook had a career-high in touchdown receptions (9), and he had a career-high in yards per reception (16.4). On top of his production and his snub from the list, I would say it’s baffling that four tight ends only made this year’s list.
The tight ends which made a list were Zach Ertz, Darren Waller, George Kittle, and Travis Kelce. I would put Cook over Eagles tight end, Zach Ertz in this year’s list.
Ertz had 88 receptions but only had 916 yards to show for it, a 10.4 YPC. That was his second-lowest YPC in his career. On top of that, he records six touchdown receptions. Cook recorded nine touchdown receptions and a staggering 16.4 YPC.
Travis Kelce and George Kittle deserve to be on the list, no question about it. I would say that Raiders TE Darren Waller put together a quality year and his spot at 99 was justifiable. Waller could be anywhere from 90-100 on the list, and I’d put Cook around 95-100.
Not only would it make sense for another tight end to make the list and Cook to be that weapon, but he should’ve made the list over Ertz to say the least.