This seems like the most obvious one, and it’s for a few reasons. Jared Cook was actually targeted more than expected in the Divisional Round game, and that can be taken as a positive or a negative.
But, he certainly made it a negative with his second-half turnover that put the Saints in a tougher situation than they were already faced with. Cook, who was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and 2019, had just over 500 yards this season.
He played in 15 of the team’s 16 games and started just five.
Cook may have had seven targets against the Bucs, but he turned them into a mere five receptions for 28 yards. Playing in under 50 percent of the offensive snaps, Cook didn’t play as much as possible with Adam Trautman and Josh Hill also getting in on the action.
A tight cap situation and a rising rookie in Trautman that showed an ability to catch the ball would be Cook’s starting position in jeopardy. You could visually see how upset he was after the fumble, and while it will be tough on Cook, that may have very well cost him a new contract in the Big Easy.
Although to be fair, he was likely on his way out already with Trautman looking like he’ll continue to have a growing role in the offense.