The Tennessee Titans have not had a significant receiving threat at the tight end position since Frank Wycheck. They crashed and burned with the infamous Ben Troupe. Troupe was known for his incredible measurables and this, but he never panned out. A few years ago the team moved up in the draft to select another workout warrior named Jared Cook. After a couple seasons of inconsistencies he is finally hitting his stride (we hope) and Craig Stevens is a wonderful compliment.
Jared Cook- At 6’5″, 250 pounds Cook is beginning to live up to his hype. His struggles have never been due to his speed or leaping ability, but rather his lack of familiarity with the routes he has been asked to run. He excels in crossing routes because there isn’t a linebacker or safety in the league that can cover him one on one. This year was his best to date and is a good foundation to send him off into a strong performance again next year. Cook hauled in 49 receptions for 759 yards. His three touchdowns are lower than we would all expect from such a physical freak, and he fumbled a couple times in critical moments. With all that said, Cook seems to be a guy that is maturing into an offensive threat that teams will have to spend extra time game planning each week for. Heck, he even made Ed Reed look like a scrub.
Craig Stevens- Stevens is a fantastic blocker that surprisingly has good receiving skills. He catches just about everything thrown his way and he has great work ethic. The Titans wasted little time inking him to a 4 year $15 million contract. Some have said it’s a high dollar contract for someone of Stevens’ skill set. I disagree completely. Stevens is an asset in the run game and he is developing into a really good one-two punch with Jared Cook. His numbers aren’t close to that of say, Rob Gronkowski, catching 9 balls for 166 yards and one touchdown, but look for him to be more involved when Jake Locker is under center. One of Lockers’ best throws was a 58 yard bomb to Stevens in stride.
Daniel Graham- I am convinced Graham was signed as insurance in case Cook didn’t turn into the threat he has become. I fully expect for him to be released because he just doesn’t add enough to the team to keep him on the roster.
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