Jared Cook left the Rams for the Packers this offseason to a sign a one-year deal for $2.75 million. He should have gone to Green Bay for free based on the chance to finally play with an elite quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, especially after what he's been stuck with in St. Louis the past three seasons. Now, this doesn't mean Cook automatically becomes a Fantasy star, especially with Richard Rodgers still in the mix for the Packers. But if Cook becomes the primary tight end then he could become a viable Fantasy option this season. Rodgers was the No. 9 Fantasy tight end in standard leagues in 2015 with 58 catches for 510 yards and eight touchdowns, and Cook would be thrilled with those stats. He's gone 19 games in a row without scoring a touchdown, so he has plenty to prove before Fantasy owners can trust him. He can be selected with a late-round flier in deeper leagues, but we would leave him on waivers to start the season. If he comes out of the gate playing well with Rodgers then add him in all leagues.
Cook (foot) has no timetable for a return to practice, but the second week of the preseason could be a realistic target, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Still recovering from early-June foot surgery, Cook is unavailable for the start of training camp and will presumably miss the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7. Assuming he gets healthy for a portion of camp and the preseason, the 29-year-old tight end figures to compete with Richard Rodgers for snaps. Cook joined the Packers in March on a one-year, $2.75 million contract.
Cook (foot) has been placed on the Packers' physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Cook is likely on the PUP list due to foot surgery he had in June. The tight end said he was fully healthy but was likely over exaggerating, and now that Green Bay's medical staff has checked him out it's clear he needs some more time to recover. It's not clear how long it'll take him to return. Look for Richard Rodgers to see a bulk of the first-team reps as long as Cook is kept out.
Cook (foot) declared he is fully healthy after undergoing early-June foot surgery, The Gwinnett Daily Post reports. Though encouraging, Cook's claim should be taken with a grain of salt, as players tend to be over-optimistic when it comes to their own health. Ultimately, the status of his foot cannot be officially confirmed until Green Bay's medical staff is able to check it out themselves. That confirmation may still be weeks away, though, as the Packer's training camp doesn't begin until July 26.
Cook underwent foot surgery earlier in the week and will miss the rest of the Packers' OTAs, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Cook was brought in by the Packers during the offseason on a one-year contract to add depth at tight end alongside Richard Rodgers, but the team will have to remain patient while Cook heals from this recent foot surgery. The procedure was described as "preventative" to ensure a minor issue doesn't turn into something serious during the regular season. The team expects to have their 6-foot-5 tight end back for training camp, but they won't rush their newest offensive weapon as he'll be an important piece of the puzzle throughout 2016.
Cook has agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.6 million contract with the Packers, NFL.com reports. Cook was released by the Rams earlier this offseason after finishing with 39 catches for 481 yards and zero touchdowns in 2015. Now, he'll join the Packers on a one-year, "prove-it" deal in hopes of landing another long-term contract down the road. Fortunately for Cook, Green Bay's lack of speed at tight end makes him a unique target on offense, and a quarterback of Aaron Rodgers' quality is surely an upgrade from any of the signal callers he's played with across his seven-year career thus far.
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|5||10/10||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|3 Year Avg||85||47||595||3||28||12.66||77|