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.
Cook worked behind fellow quarterbacks Derek Carr and EJ Manuel during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, completing nine of 15 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Cook still has a decent chance at making the Raiders' final roster even if he remains behind Manuel in the competition to back up Carr. The second-year signal caller actually outperformed Manuel during the team's second preseason game, though Manuel may still retain an edge for the No. 2 role due to his superior NFL experience.
Cook completed 18-of-45 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions and was sacked three times in Oakland's 27-14 loss to Houston in their AFC wild-round playoff game Saturday. Cook was in a tough spot, making his first career NFL start against the league's top-ranked defense, which led to predictable results. Oakland had just 203 yards of total offense and failed on 14 of 16 third-down attempts. The rookie was able to string together one good drive, but he missed targets all day and was hurt by some drops. The Raiders offense, so productive all season with Derek Carr steering, scored just 20 points in two games without him.
Coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Wednesday that Cook will start Saturday's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Texans, the San Jose Mercury News reports. In the process, the 2016 fourth-rounder will become the first QB to make his NFL starting debut in a playoff game. Cook is taking over from Matt McGloin, who started Week 17's game against the Broncos in place of the injured Derek Carr, but subsequently injured his left shoulder in that contest. Cook will square off against Brock Osweiler, who the Texans have re-installed as their No. 1 signal-caller. While it wouldn't surprise us to see Oakland run plenty Saturday, working in Cook's favor from a fantasy perspective is that he'll have a pair of reliable wideout targets at his disposal, namely Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||24||21.50|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||32||29.17|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||23||21.17|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||24||21.50|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||13||17.00|
|3 Year Avg||66.7||150||1||1||0||0||9|