Titans TE Cook gets increase in opportunities

Posted Dec. 03, 2010 @ 3:49 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Second-year TE Jared Cook has shown flashes of potential throughout his brief pro career. Now, the Titans want to see more consistency, especially when it comes to catching the ball, the way we hear it. Cook received extensive playing time on offense in Week 12, being targeted a team-high nine times with third-string QB Rusty Smith making his first career start, catching four passes for 40 yards, on all on short throws. Cook had been targeted just eight times in the previous 10 games. The Titans traded up to draft Cook in Round Three of the 2009 draft, but he has not been much of a factor in the passing game. With very good size and speed, his greatest upside is as a field-stretching threat. The Titans have targeted him several times on long passes this season, and he had a 36-yard reception at San Diego in Week Eight. Cook's development is of importance to Tennessee, especially with first-string TE Bo Scaife a free agent at season's end.