Cook reeled in all four of his targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to Denver. Cook saw three looks in the first half, the latter two of which were each 20-yard gains that helped set up Marshawn Lynch's second-quarter touchdown. The 31-year-old would make just one more catch in the third quarter and wouldn't be heard from again as Amari Cooper absorbed most of Derek Carr's attention over the rest of the game. The ninth-year veteran has never exceeded 759 receiving yards in a season, but with 229 already through just two contests, he is well ahead of pace to set a new career high. Cook will try to keep it going Week 3 at Miami.
Cook caught two of three targets for 24 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers. Coach Jon Gruden hasn't given his top players much run during the preseason and likely will hold them out for the final exhibition contest. Cook is locked in as Oakland's top pass catcher at tight end, but he'll probably cede some snaps to blocking specialist Lee Smith in running formations. Cook draws a Week 1 matchup against a Rams defense that was middle-of-the-pack in production allowed to tight ends last season.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he's been surprised by Cook's speed during Oakland's offseason program, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Athleticism has always been Cook's calling card, dating back to his 4.50 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Combine. Gruden may be impressed, but he also has a long history of primarily using his tight ends as blockers. No tight end in a Gruden offense has ever reached 600 receiving yards, a mark Cook hit for the fourth time in his career last season. While still locked in as the Raiders' top pass catcher at his position, Cook may lose snaps to blocking specialists Lee Smith and Derek Carrier on early downs. There's also a bit more competition for targets, with Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant replacing the departed Michael Crabtree at wide receiver.
Cook (wrist) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing fully Friday. Cook will be out there if you need him Sunday, but he's been a hit-or-miss fantasy option of late, combining for three catches for 32 yards over his last two games. Meanwhile, he's logged just one outing with more than two catches since Week 11.
Cook (wrist) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Cook played through the wrist injury in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles, catching one pass for 15 yards on two targets while logging 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps. He compiled 290 yards between Weeks 7 and 9, but he's recorded just one outing with more than two receptions in six games since the Raiders' Week 10 bye.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||1||2.00|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||30||12.00|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||1||2.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||32||12.33|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||32||12.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||71||41||515||1||24||12.56||55|