It may have taken longer than expected to see him on the field, but when tight end Jared Cook did make his debut at Green Bay Packers’ training camp, he didn’t disappoint.
Cook, who was recovering from offseason surgery, finally made his way onto the practice field and once he was there, there was no holding back. According to reports from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Cook was targeted often by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and looked exceptional.
Here’s what McGinn wrote:
On the third 11-on-11 play of the night, Cook flashed into the middle of what looked like a two-deep shell and made a terrific catch between FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and SS Micah Hyde on a ball from Rodgers for about 20 yards. A red-zone period ended when Cook accelerated away from speedy FS Kentrell Brice for a 1-yard TD flip from Rodgers. In later red-zone work, Cook flew into the middle on third and 6 to haul in a 16-yard TD from Rodgers. He wrapped up the night with a 6-yard TD followed by a bang-bang slant for 9 on third and 9 from Rodgers in a blitz drill
As McGinn describes, the Packers certainly didn’t work Cook into the mix slowly, which says something about his health. The other positive is that it seems that Rodgers and Cook have already started to develop some chemistry.
If Cook can continue to play this way, then the Packers will certainly have found the player who can threaten the middle of the field and the seam. Richard Rodgers, for his great hands, can’t run a lick — Cook on the other hand, is still nimble and should be a threat to produce yards after the catch, another major weakness for Rodgers.
It’s notable that while the Titans and Rams both were frustrated by Cook’s inconsistencies and drops, he has shown none of those tendencies with the Packers thus far and the $2.75 million that Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson spent to get him is starting to look like a bargain.