|ADP:||Round: 12, Pick: 1|
|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 248 lb.|
|Born:||April 7, 1987|
|Drafted:||2009 / Rd. 3 (89)|
Cook is signing a one-year contract with the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The deal has a maximum value of $6 million, so the cap hit presumably will be less than that. Cook likely will be the passing-down replacement for Hunter Henry, who played 87 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps in his 14 games last season. Cook wasn't too far from that type of workload in his two seasons with the Raiders (2017-18), but his snap share dipped to 55 percent and then 46 percent in two years for the Saints. He'll turn 34 in April, joining a team that has only Donald Parham and Matt Sokol under contract at tight end. Parham did make a few big plays last season, and there's still more than enough time for the Chargers to add more talent.
The Saints terminated Cook's contract Wednesday, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Cook was bound for free agency this offseason regardless, so cutting him now simply allows the veteran tight end to immediately begin his search for a new home. The 33-year-old had a somewhat down year in 2020, with a modest 37 catches for 504 yards -- his lowest totals since 2016 -- but he remained effective in the red zone, with seven total touchdowns. His departure leaves 2020 third-round pick Adam Trautman as the Saints' presumptive starting tight end heading into 2021.
Cook caught five of seven targets for 28 yards in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: His final numbers in the box score were nothing to write home about, but his performance on the field was far more disastrous. Cook was the source of two turnovers in this one, fumbling once, and letting one of his seven targets bounce off him to cause a Tampa Bay interception. Set for free agency this year, it's unclear if Cook will be back in New Orleans, especially given the third-round pick the team spent on Adam Trautman in 2020. If this was indeed Cook's last game as a Saint, he leaves the Big Easy on a sour note.
Cook (back) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's playoff game against the Buccaneers after logging a full practice Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cook was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday, but his return to a full session Friday paves the way for the Saints' top tight end to handle his usual role in Sunday's divisional-round game. In the team's wild-card win over the Bears last weekend, Cook caught four passes on seven targets for 40 yards.
Cook (back) remained limited Thursday at practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Cook showed no sign of any problem in the wild-card win over Chicago, catching four passes for 40 yards on a team-high seven targets. He should be ready for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, though it's possible the Saints list their top tight end on the Friday injury report.
Cook (back) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Cook has logged at least 48 percent of the offensive snaps in four of the last five games, a span in which he accumulated 16 catches (on 25 targets) for 231 yards and touchdowns. That amounts to a healthy 9.2 yards per target, but now a back issue is impacting his practice reps. Cook has two more chances to prove his health ahead of Sunday's divisional-round game versus the Buccaneers.
Cook corralled four of seven targets for 40 yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: Cook tied for team lead in targets, but he was only able to turn them into a scoreless 4-40 receiving line. He's remained involved in the offensive game plan as of late, but if Cook isn't scoring, he's typically not doing enough to provide more than middling production for fantasy managers. He'll look to improve on this performance next week against Tampa Bay.
Cook caught four of five targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 33-7 win over the Panthers.
Analysis: Cook finished second on the team in targets and receptions while finishing third in receiving yardage. He got the scoring started with an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter, taking his impressive total to seven for the season. Cook also finishes the campaign with a modest 37 receptions and 504 yards but could take on a more critical role in the Wild Card matchup against the Bears, who have been tough on opposing wideouts but susceptible to tight ends.
Cook brought in three of four targets for 82 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end was just a catch and a yard behind Emmanuel Sanders for the team lead in those categories while also tying Marquez Callaway for second in targets. Cook's 44-yard reception early in the fourth quarter was notably the longest of the game for either team and helped set up Alvin Kamara's fifth touchdown of the contest. Cook also recorded a pair of 19-yard grabs for his other two catches of the afternoon as he functioned as more of a downfield threat in the absence of Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith, both on injured reserve with ankle sprains. The 33-year-old will look to finish off the regular season strong versus the Panthers in a Week 17 divisional battle.
Cook secured two of five targets for 29 yards in the Saints' 32-29 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: Cook's scoring streak came to an end after two games, and without the score, his day was noticeably disappointing. In stark contrast to his 2019 late-season surge, Cook is on the decline as the 2020 season wanes. He hasn't logged more than three receptions or 37 receiving yards since Week 8, and his fantasy value is highly dependent on scoring. He'll look to find the end zone in Week 16 when the Saints face the Vikings on Christmas.
Cook caught three of four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: The tight end caught a 20-yard strike from Taysom Hill late in the fourth quarter to bring the Saints to within a field goal, but they couldn't recover the subsequent onside kick. Cook has scored in consecutive games, giving him six TDs on the year, and he may get his number called in the red zone again in Week 15 as New Orleans hosts Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Kansas City offense.
Cook secured three of five targets for 28 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-16 win against Atlanta.
Analysis: The 33-year-old entered Sunday's divisional tilt amidst a dramatic production slump, having posted just one total catch for six yards over his three preceding outings. Cook was held to 30 or fewer receiving yards for a fifth consecutive outing during Week 13, but a second-quarter TD at least achieved him a respectable fantasy day among tight ends. Next on the schedule is a road trip to Philadelphia, where Cook will face off against an Eagles defense that ranks fifth worst in the NFL with a 75.3 percent catch rate surrendered to opposing TEs.
Cook did not haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 31-3 win against the Broncos.
Analysis: It was a low-volume passing script for the Saints in Week 12, as Denver could muster hardly any offensive momentum with practice squad call-up Kendall Hinton -- and a myriad of Broncos RBs -- taking snaps under center. For the two-time Pro Bowl tight end, his mid-season slump continues, as Cook has just one combined catch for six receiving yards over his past three outings. This after he posted at least two receptions in every one of his appearances Weeks 1 through 9, with an average output of 39.9 receiving yards per game during that span. Taysom Hill is likely to remain his QB for a Week 13 matchup against the Falcons.
Cook caught his only target for six yards in the Saints' 24-9 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The disappointing performance was Cook's third straight dud, as he's now gone just 3-36-0 combined across his last three contests. The matchup with Atlanta was a get-right spot, but a bounce-back game failed to materialize. Cook will be tough to trust as more than a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in Week 12 against Denver.
Cook failed to bring in either of his targets in the Saints' 27-13 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: New Orleans' passing game was a mess all afternoon, with Drew Brees failing to get much going in the first half and Jameis Winston not faring any better in the second. After scoring in four of his first six games to open the season, Cook has gone ice cold, securing two receptions for 30 yards combined in Weeks 9-10. A matchup with Atlanta's porous secondary offers bounce-back potential for Cook in Week 11.
Cook caught two of three targets for 30 yards in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: It was a disappointing day in the box score for Cook, who saw both Josh Hill and Adam Trautman find the end zone, while his own streak of touchdown scoring came to an end. Cook will look to bounce back in Week 10 when the Saints face the 49ers.
Cook caught five of seven targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bears.
Analysis: The tight end was second on the Saints in receiving yards behind Alvin Kamara, and Cook found the end zone for the third straight game just before halftime. With the team's receiving corps potentially still depleted in Week 9, he could again see significant volume facing a Buccaneers defense he hauled in a season-high 80 yards against in their first meeting this year.
Cook secured three of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 27-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end was in line for a potentially elevated workload Sunday with both Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (illness) out of action, but Cook ultimately logged his second-lowest target tally of the campaign. However, he also found the end zone for the second consecutive contest, opening the scoring on the afternoon with an excellent contested catch in the right corner of the end zone to cap off a game-opening 14-play, 75-yard drive. Cook should continue to have plenty of fantasy upside in Week 8 despite a tough matchup versus the Bears, as Sanders is already slated to miss the contest and Thomas reportedly is also in danger of having to sit out.
Cook caught two of three targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.
Analysis: Cook returned from a groin injury to make a huge play Monday, hauling in a 41-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Although the tight end only caught one other pass, Cook will be pleased by his contribution to his team's victory, and will now embark on New Orleans' bye week to rest up ahead of Week 7's matchup versus Carolina.
Cook (groin) is active for Monday's contest against the Chargers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Cook sustained a groin injury Week 3 and didn't practice before he was ruled out for a Week 4 visit to Detroit. With a bit more time to prepare for Week 5, he was listed as a limited participant on all three injury reports before receiving a 'questionable' tag for this game. Now deemed available to the Saints, Cook may be in line for a significant target count with Michael Thomas (ankle/coach's decision) still sidelined. Cook will look to produce against an L.A. defense that has conceded 7.3 YPT and three touchdowns to tight ends this season.
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