Cook caught three of five targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs. Cook was unable to take advantage of what should have been a pass-friendly game flow for the Raiders after they fell behind by three scores early. The tight end posted three or less receptions in each of the team's last three games of the season after back-to-back seven-catch, 100-plus-yard efforts in Weeks 13 and 14. Nonetheless, Cook totaled career-best numbers in his age-31 campaign, nabbing 68 of 101 targets for 896 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games. He'll become an unrestricted free agent in 2019 but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Raiders make a concerted effort to re-sign one of quarterback Derek Carr's favorite weapons.
Cook (ribs) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Cook, who was limited at practice all week, has logged back-to-back subpar efforts. Prior to that, though, he recorded seven receptions twice in a row. After catching a fantasy-friendly 65 passes for 868 yards and six TDs in 15 games to date, the tight end profiles as a bounce-back candidate Week 17, assuming his rib issue isn't a major hindrance.
Cook (ribs) remained limited at practice Thursday. Back-to-back practices -- albeit in a limited fashion -- would seem to pave the way for Cook to suit up for Sunday's season finale against the Chiefs. We'll revisit the tight end's status Friday to see if he's listed as questionable for that contest, or is removed from Oakland's Week 17 injury report altogether.
Cook corralled two of three targets for 20 receiving yards during Monday's 27-14 win against the Broncos. In two outings against Denver this season, Cook has averaged three receptions for 34.5 yards per game with zero touchdowns, compared to 4.5 catches and 61.5 yards per game with six TDs against all other opponents. Despite a current two-game slump in which he's managed a measly 43 combined yards on four receptions, 2018 has been a breakout campaign for the 10th-year player. Cook entered Week 16 having tripled his touchdown output of a season ago, while ranking as TE5 in PPR and standard scoring after finishing as TE12 in both formats during 2017. Cook could be the benefactor of a favorable Week 17 matchup, as Oakland faces a Chiefs defense that ranks bottom four in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,016) and touchdowns (10) allowed to tight ends this year.
Cook caught two passes for 23 yards on five targets during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Bengals. Cook came crashing back to earth Sunday with a lackluster two-catch performance after combining for 14 receptions and 216 receiving yards in the Raiders' previous two games. Game flow should have aided in Cook's potential volume as the Raiders fell behind, 17-0, in the first half, but the tight end was still unable to rack up a meaningful stat line. The 31-year-old will look to get back on track Week 16 against the Broncos on Monday night.
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