Jared Cook

Jared Cook


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 80%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 9.6%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 3.1
Durability: question mark 10

Medium Risk


Jared Cook Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-- Cook set career highs last year in yards per catch, yards per target and TDs.

-- He ranked just 21st among TEs in targets per game.

-- Cook’s playing time dipped late in the year, and then the team drafted TE Adam Trautman.

-- The Saints have added Emmanuel Sanders to the WR corps.

Inflating the Bubble

Cook enjoyed a nice 1st season with the Saints, finishing 7th among TEs in PPR scoring and 6th in non-PPR. He set career highs in yards per catch, yards per target and TDs and put up his 2nd-best catch rate. Cook did so despite ranking just 16th at the position in targets; 21st among TEs in targets per game.

Look no further than the TDs. Cook scored on 20.9% of his receptions. Among the top 50 fantasy TEs, only Ricky Seals-Jones and Foster Moreau posted higher TD rates -- and neither caught more than 21 passes. The nearest TE to Cook in TD rate with 40+ catches was Mark Andrews, at 15.6%.

They were the only 2 TEs with 40+ catches who cracked 10% in TD rate last season.

Over 10 years with 4 other teams before last season, Cook scored on 5.9% of his receptions. Jimmy Graham scored TDs on 13.2% of his catches across 5 years with the Saints (and Drew Brees). Graham’s best TD season -- when he led the NFL with 16 in 2013 -- produced an 18.6% TD rate.

The message here: Cook is headed for a downturn in TD rate, and it could be a big one.

Altered Situation

Saints WRs drew the 5th-smallest share of targets among WR corps league wide last season (47.7%). Only Minnesota, Philly, Baltimore and Oakland threw fewer passes to wideouts.

That also marked the smallest share for Saints WRs since 2014. New Orleans’ WR corps that season was led by a 31-year-old Marques Colston -- who would play just 1 more year -- and rookie Brandin Cooks, who missed 6 games.

The Saints addressed their 2019 WR deficiency by signing Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. He’ll be the team’s best #2 wid…

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Jared Cook Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 27, 2020 NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Cook sustained a groin injury in Week 3 and didn't practice before he was ruled out for a Week 4 visit to Detroit.
Oct 13, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Cook suffered a concussion during Week 6's game against the 49ers. He missed two games
Sep 25, 2016 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Cook's injury cost him 6 games.
Jun 10, 2016 NFL Pedal Foot Cook had foot surgery regarded by the team as "preventative."
Dec 9, 2012 NFL Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Cook tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He underwent surgery in December.
Sep 23, 2012 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Cook missed 3 quarters but returned the following week.
Nov 6, 2011 NFL Knee Bruise
Dec 6, 2009 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Cook suffered a concussion in the 1st quarter against the Colts. He sat out the rest of the game and missed the following week.
Aug 29, 2009 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Cook missed Week 1 of the regular season.