The 6-foot-5 Jared Cook was labeled as a mismatch nightmare this offseason. He, like Sanders, has shown flashes of the player that the Saints need to find this postseason. Cook came to New Orleans off a career year with the Raiders.
He had nine touchdowns in 14 games and 7 starts last season. This season, he’s been efficient for periods of time, but he hasn’t even gotten close to those numbers. Cook has five touchdowns in 11 games and 4 starts.
He had 705 yards last season and not even half of that now. Cook needs to be better, and although the team has a plethora of options and drafted a tight end in the third round, Cook could still find a way to be more impactful in this offense.
The Saints have so many weapons. From Michael Thomas to Sanders to Alvin Kamara, this team has dynamic at almost every position — including their extremely strong offensive line. That said, Cook may be the missing piece.
He has the potential to make a greater impact than he is, and they’ll need it.