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Packers Add Cook As Weapon To Offense

Earlier this week the Green Bay Packers made their first signing of an external free agent of this off season in tight end Jared Cook. Cook was a 2009 draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. He posted a career high of 759 yards in his third season with the Titans. He then moved to the Rams. He had his best season with the Rams in 2013 when he had 671 yards in catches and five touchdowns. His numbers have dipped in subsequent seasons. He was cut by the Rams in March as a salary cap saving move. This move was made with little fanfare from the national media but this is a move that cheese head nation should strongly approve.Jared-Cook

Looking specifically at Cook I will admit that his career statistics are hardly overwhelming but he did average over 12 yards per reception in each of his three seasons with the Rams. Secondly, with no disrespect intended towards any of the quarterbacks that Cook has played with in the first two stops of his career, none of those quarterbacks are named Aaron Rodgers, who has won two regular season and a super bowl MVP.

So what are some reasonable and realistic expectations that the Packers and their fans can have for Cook? They do not need a 1,000 yards from him. They do not need him to lead the league or for that matter even the team in touchdowns. They need him to raise the production of a unit that ranked near the bottom of the league in yardage from the tight end position last season. They need him to catch the ball and drops have been a problem for him. But most importantly they need him to be a middle of the field threat that this offense desperately needs. Let’s take a look at where the weapons portion of the Packers offense stands with the addition of cook to the mix.

RandallCobbThe primary slot wide receivers are Randal Cobb, Jared Abbrederis, and returning from injury in some fashion Ty Montgomery. Montgomery might be the fastest of that group but he was gone for the second half of last season with an injury. The outside and likely deep receivers will be Jeff Janis and returning from a season ending ACL injury will be Jordy Nelson who did not take a regular season snap. The middle of the field and red zone targets will be Richard Rodgers and Cook. The running backs will be James Starks and Eddie Lacy. Of course Aaron Rodgers will be pulling the trigger and making the decisions as to who of that list gets the ball when.

They key will keeping that whole list healthy and that proved to be a challenge last year. But if that list stays healthy it should restore this offense to the normal level they operated at prior to last year. Yes, visions of that offense should get Packer fans through a long training camp and have their mouths watering for kickoff in the fall because that is a list of threats that is collectively capable of tearing defenses apart on a weekly basis.

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