hard 10 wrote:
hmm.... I'm going to have to read some of these comments again.
It sounds like some of the anti-Cook arguments are suggesting the fact that he's a TE who's fast enough to outrun DB's for 80 yards is NOT a reason to like him.
Also, do you care that he's not in for as many plays as some other TEs? Or do you care that he was the target on 30% of his team's pass plays this week?
Maybe the long TD catch will be the lone highlight of his season. Or maybe the fact that he saw a bump in targets after everyone spent the week wondering who would step up to replace Britt is a sign of things to come.
After watching this game, I don't see Cook as a lottery ticket anymore. I think he's a low ceiling, decent TE2.
FWIW, he was on the field for most passing situations, so I'm not bothered by that (apart from the obvious TD that went to Stevens). But his long catch looked awful flukey to me. He's fast, but not fast enough to blow by everyone (it looked like the db took a bad angle to push him out of bounds). He also doesn't look all that fast off of the line. Futhermore, his route running looks a little raw.
I no longer believe he is loaded with ability and just can't catch the coache's/qb's eye--as of right now, he's in a good situation for decent but uninspiring production.