Connor Cook will compete for a roster spot with the Raiders, and he could emerge as the No. 2 quarterback behind Derek Carr. Most likely, Cook will be No. 3 on the depth chart behind Carr and EJ Manuel, but Cook could unseat Manuel for the backup job. Either way, Cook would need a Carr injury to be Fantasy relevant, and he's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Cook completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and one touchdown during Friday's preseason opener against the Lions. Cook led the Raiders offense for five drives during the team's first preseason tilt, while three of those possessions ultimately resulted in scores. His impressive performance was highlighted by a seven-yard touchdown connection with slot receiver Ryan Switzer as the Silver and Black took a two-possession lead in the second quarter. Cook's productivity ultimately earned him second-team reps in Monday's practice, but he fell back to earth and struggled throughout the session, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Cook threw a handful of errant throws and muffed a red-zone snap, resulting in second-team reps for EJ Manuel at the end of practice. Consider the battle for Derek Carr's primary backup spot between Connor Cook and EJ Manuel still very much alive heading into the team's second preseason contest against the Rams on Saturday.
Cook appears to be the No. 3 quarterback entering training camp, Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle reports. Cook and fellow quarterback EJ Manuel are the two candidates for the backup quarterback slot behind starter Derek Carr. Manuel handled the No. 2 slot last year, earning two starts while Carr was injured along the way. The team will allow Cook and Manuel to compete in new coach Jon Gruden's offense, but Cook faces an uphill battle to win the job given Manuel's career experience.
Cook (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers. The third-string quarterback for the Raiders, Cook dressed for just one game this season with starter Derek Carr and EJ Manuel enjoying relatively sound health. The 24-year-old will likely have to battle for a roster spot in training camp next summer heading into his third NFL season.
Cook (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans. Cook faced an uphill battle for the primary backup spot behind Derek Carr throughout the offseason, and the Raiders have elected to dress EJ Manuel in Week 1. Cook's inexperience certainly played a factor in the decision, while Manuel appeared in 28 games through four seasons with the Bills before heading to Oakland.
Cook completed nine of 16 pass attempts for 89 yards in Saturday's 24-20 preseason loss to the Cowboys. He also gained two yards on his lone carry. While Cook wasn't incredibly productive in this extended run, it is noteworthy that EJ Manuel, who had worked ahead of him during the last preseason contest, attempted just four passes. It is quite possible that the position battle could continue into Thursday's preseason finale, where Cook and Manuel could both see reps ahead of the final roster decisions.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||27||21.00|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|3 Year Avg||70.0||75||0||0||0||0||3|