After a rough start to the season in which he was clearly still getting acclimated to the system, Jared Cook looked to dominate. As the season wore on, that is exactly what he did, ending it with nine touchdowns, the second-most for tight ends in the NFL.
Cook wasn’t even without 200 yards of his first 1,000-yard season like he was with Derek Carr‘s Raiders a season ago, but he did find himself as a valuable endzone threat.
That will likely be what he is again this season as Cook will likely be the team’s main red zone threat. Being 6-foot-5 and having an uber-accurate quarterback on the roster, Cook remains a mismatch nightmare.
But, the Saints did select a tight end in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dayton’s Adam Trautman has promise. He’s expected to come in and, in theory, replace Cook. Like with Cesar Ruiz, the Saints are playing checkers, not chess.
They look years down the road, just as they did with the drafting of Zack Baun. For that, Cook may not get the new deal he wants either as he may develop into a top-five tight end in the NFL. It’d be tough to see Cook go, but I fully expect it.