Tennessee Titans: Jared Cook is Climbing the Rankings

Oct 30, 2011; Nashville,TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) congratulates teammate Tennessee wide receiver Nate Washington (85) for scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee defeated Indianapolis 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans have a lot of up and coming offensive players on this young team, though not many people may know it. I’ve been posting stats from PFF’s three year collection they’ve been doing at every position because, whether good or bad, Titan players keep popping up. For today’s Titan making an appearance on PFF’s “ Three Years of Yards Per Route Run: Tight Ends” list, we have Jared Cook.

The Titans traded up with the New England Patriots to acquire Cook and so far it has been real hit or miss. Cook finally appeared to be breaking out at the end of this last season and all the Titans fans are hoping that he carries his hot streak into this next season. Whether that happens or not, Cook has rated out as one of the top TE’s in the league for yards/route ratio.

Via PFF:

Rank Player Current Team Yards Routes Yards/Route
1 Jimmy Graham NO 1815 786 2.31
2 Rob Gronkowski NE 2196 961 2.29
3 Antonio Gates SD 2810 1321 2.13
4 Jermichael Finley GB 1950 971 2.01
5 Vernon Davis SF 2963 1499 1.98
6 Jason Witten DAL 3099 1665 1.86
7 Aaron Hernandez NE 1665 902 1.85
8 Jeremy Shockey FA 1515 840 1.80
9 Brent Celek PHI 2374 1318 1.80
10 Evan Moore CLE 804 453 1.77
11 Dallas Clark TB 1985 1122 1.77
12 Fred Davis WAS 1620 918 1.76
13 Jared Cook TEN 1194 694 1.72
14 Marcedes Lewis JAC 1668 970 1.72
15 Owen Daniels HOU 1722 1022 1.68

Cook is a huge, athletic TE who has all the potential to be one of the best in the league. Why he has yet to live up to that potential is the real question thus far. Is it due to a lack of studying and practicing his routes? An ever changing playbook? Or perhaps he’s just not that good.

I don’t think it’s that last one. Cook should be a monster and I fully expect him to grow into the TE the Titans drafted him to be. Before this past year, TE’s were primarily used as blocking tools for the Titans as the passing game took a back seat to the run game. It’s not like that anymore. The Titans have a pass game and you can count on them cashing in on it this year.

Here’s to Cookie continuing to blossom.

As a fun side note, both former Titan TE’s Daniel Graham and Alge Crumpler come in on the list for the worst yards/route ratio, with Graham being number one.

 

You can find me on Twitter @JustinLStewart

Topics: AFC South, Jared Cook, NFL, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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  • Drake

    When you have a 248 lbs Tight End that is 6’5 with okay hands; he is too new to have great hands yet. However, the match-ups will become nightmares for any Line backer that choose to cover him aside from some elites of course!

  • Drake

    When you have a 248 lbs Tight End that is 6’5 with okay hands; he is too new to have great hands yet. However, the match-ups will become nightmares for any Line backer that choose to cover him aside from some elites of course! BOOM: http://i49.tinypic.com/33trygj.png

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @Drake I’m not gonna lie, you lost me in the BOOM picture. The thing is that this is Cookies 4th year in the league. You can only make up excuses so long and I’m hoping this year he doesn’t need any more and becomes the beast we all know he can be.

  • Drake

     @jstitansized The BOOM was meaning he is looking for a new contract! Cookie have shown star power that is for sure. With all the offensive firepower, I believe Cookie will shine more this year than in years past!

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @Drake Every player in the last year of their contract is looking for an extension. Job security is number one priority. I’m hoping Cookie will shine. He should.

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  • dragak1981

    Cookie’s growth was seriously stunted by Fisher and Heimerdinger…first, it was not a pass first offense and the TEs were mostly there to block…they did not adjust their offense to his skill set in any way (round peg, square hole).  Second, Fisher did not like to play rookies for whatever reason and was loyal to his veterans to fault.  Until the 2010 season was a total loss and it was time to play for the future, Cookie got little playing time.  So those were his first two years…
     
    Last year it is a little more unclear…I feel Hasselback did not have confidence in him.  He was not even targeted in some games and only once or twice in others.   Is it possible he was not open at all the entire game? Yes, but highly improbable.  Somehow he managed to get open a lot towards the end of the season.   Perhaps the lack of confidence was due to poor route running.  there were several times though that I saw Cookie open and he did not get the ball delivered in his direction.  If a quarterback lacks confidence in a receiver, for whatever the reason, he is not going to be his first, second, or even third look. 
     
    I expect a lot from Cook this year…for all of the reasons outlined by Justin and the fact that with an offense tailored to his abilities that is so full of weapons, he should get plenty of opportunities to shine (unless of course the ball ends up being thrown to all those other weapons…I have pondered how the Titans are going to spread the ball, with Britt, Wright, Washington, CJ, Cook…you have a lot of guys there that are going to want the ball)

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

     @dragak1981 I completely agree.
     
    I think this offense is going to look a lot like the Saints has with the ball being spread around a LOT due to all the talent on offense. It’s going to make it very difficult for defenses. Basically they have to pick their poison.
     
    That’s why I’m so excited for this season and think the Titans are underrated.

  • dragak1981

     @jstitansized Totally agree dude

  • seagle1

    @dragak1981 I think unfortunately for Cookie last year, Hasselbeck just prefers to throw to his WRs more than he does his TEs. Let’s hope he gets a little more comfortable with him this year.

  • chasemaher1

     @seagle1  @dragak1981 I am hoping that Jared Cook can now step to the plate, I dont think it has been all his fault. Lots of things were holding him back…No excuses moving forward

  • dragak1981

     @seagle1  @dragak1981 Yah man…something was going on there…i recall numerous times I would see him open and not get the ball and also there is no explanation whatsoever that hew ould get 0, 1 or 2 targets a game.  Cookie is a weapon and needs to be fed the ball.  And he is great after the catch (as long as he can hold on to the ball…I was upset with his two fumbles last year because they both were lost and both were killers, Bengals and colts losses)

  • seagle1

    @chasemaher1 @dragak1981 Yeah I think Justin did a great job in saying that Fish had an unfettered love for veterans and probably stunted cookies growth by a year. If you have a player that can make plays then put him in and design a few plays for him. If he has problems run blocking…then don’t put him in the game to block….simple

  • seagle1

    @dragak1981 Some of it is going to be offensive philosophy, some times you have a QB that tends to key on his WRs. I think they’ll run more plays for Cookie this year though, in order to make the offense multidimensional, they’ll have to.

  • seagle1

    @jstitansized @Drake IMO….they should lock Cookie up now before he has a 900 yard season. We can save a few million re signing him now

  • Drake

     @seagle1  @jstitansized  @Drake His speed is just a nightmare waiting to happen!