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3 New Orleans Saints that should’ve been better in 2020

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 03: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #17 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball for yardage during the second quarter of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 03: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #17 of the New Orleans Saints carries the ball for yardage during the second quarter of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /
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Jared Cook

The second-half fumble that both demoralized the Saints and theoretically crushed their chances in the Divisional Round game may be the last thing fans remember of Jared Cook. Cook is a free agent after his second season with the franchise.

While his first year went well and he made the Pro Bowl, Cook in 2020 was not the same player, and Taysom Hill‘s four starts could make a reasonable excuse for Cook’s lack of production. However, four games over 45 yards isn’t acceptable.

Cook ended the season with 37 receptions on 60 targets. That’s a completion rate of 61.7 percent, his worst rate in the past few seasons. His targets and receptions were both the fourth-worst of his career.

He just wasn’t overly involved this season, and with the rising of rookie tight end Adam Trautman, the Saints really needed Cook to be at that Pro Bowl level to continue justifying giving him such a salary.

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He wasn’t at that level, and he likely won’t be on the roster next season either.

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