Jared Cook, TE
In Jameis Winston’s last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they arguably had a tight end that was better than Jared Cook. He was younger, bigger, and a better player. However, Winston almost never hit O.J. Howard. He was often overlooked.
There is a good chance that the same thing is going to happen in New Orleans over the time that Winston is the starting quarterback. In the win over the Niners on Sunday, Cook didn’t catch a single pass and was only targeted twice.
On top of that, complementary tight end Adam Trautman didn’t even see a target. With Jameis Winston and the wheel of the ship, the tight end is going to suffer. The short route dump-off is not Winston forte when it comes to his playing style.
Even so, Cook hasn’t been what he was last year. Through eight games, Cook has only 21 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns. He was definitely better with Brees; his numbers will surely diminish with Winston.