Cook caught five of seven targets for a team-high 80 yards in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers. The tight end's longest gain of the day came on a rare downfield throw by Drew Brees, as the quarterback found Cook down the left sideline for a 46-yard pass early in the fourth quarter that set up the Saints' final TD. Cook is coming off a season in which he scored nine touchdowns and averaged 10.8 yards per target, both career highs, and he remains a key part of the New Orleans passing game heading into a Week 2 road tilt against the Raiders.
Cook said that he hopes to improve upon last season's success and make corrections, John DeShazier of NewOrleansSaints.com reports. "There are still some plays on the film that haunt me and of course, we're still going back over those plays, and running through them, but they're still plays that haunt me that I still wish I could have back," Cook said, "So it's still, you know, learning from those, talking through them, getting the report, getting on the same page." Cook had a productive first season in the Big Easy, earning a Pro Bowl nod thanks to a 43/705/9 receiving line. He was particularly effective down the stretch, racking up 537 yards and seven scores from Weeks 10-17. The veteran tight end is optimistic he can be even better in 2020, adding "And, you know, hopefully this season will be a lot different, being that me and Drew do have a full season together and more time. So it's just working through those things and (working to) continue to get better." The Saints added Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason and drafted Adam Trautman in the third round of this year's draft, but Cook should still be a regular contributor on offense.
Cook brought in all five of his targets for 54 yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the Vikings on Sunday. As expected, Cook was one of Drew Brees' primary targets in Sunday's loss, though he failed to find the end zone or break off any long gainers. The South Carolina product will head into his 12th year looking to build on a highly productive first season with New Orleans that saw him grab a career-high nine touchdowns.
Cook brought in both of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday. Cook added yet another touchdown to his 2019 campaign, bringing his season total to a career-high nine. In his first year with New Orleans, the 11-year vet racked up 705 yards on 43 receptions, good for 16.4 yards per catch -- a career high. The big-bodied pass-catcher figures to be heavily involved in the Saints' offensive gameplan for the postseason.
Cook corralled three of four targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday. Cook crushed his former team with a pair of scores and a healthy receiving total Sunday, adding to his late-season charge and setting a new career high in touchdowns. In nine games played since Week 5, Cook has racked up 33 receptions for 571 yards and eight touchdowns, establishing himself as a weekly top-12 play at his position. Cook will have one more shot to add to his touchdown total when the Saints travel to Carolina in Week 17.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||7||2.00|
|3||09/27||Green Bay Packers||12||3.00|
|5||10/12||Los Angeles Chargers||18||5.00|
|9||11/08||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||8.00|
|10||11/15||San Francisco 49ers||9||2.00|
|15||12/20||Kansas City Chiefs||27||11.00|
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|3 Year Avg||84||55||763||6||38||13.87||112|