When the Green Bay Packers signed Jared Cook back in the offseason, it was a move that was met with excitement. However, thanks to injuries, so far it’s been a disappointment.
Yet, Sunday, against the Washington Redskins, the Packers, who are 4-5, will have Cook available for the first time since Week 3. And at a time when the offense is struggling, it’s welcome news.
The questions is, what kind of impact can Cook make tonight against the Redskins?
It’s hard to say. He’s been practicing for the past few weeks, so if he’s ready to go, you would assume he’s fairly healthy. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s in game shape.
In the three games Cook has played for the Packers, his production has been minimal. He was targeted 11 times and caught six passes for 53 yards. He also drew a lengthy pass interference penalty Week 1.
Cook was brought to Green Bay to help open up the middle of the field or the seam. The way teams are playing their safeties deep, it’s an area that should be able to be exploited.
Yet, Richard Rodgers, Green Bay’s other tight end, doesn’t really have the speed to do it. That’s where Cook, who’s an explosive athlete comes in.
It will be interesting to see how much he’s on the field and if Aaron Rodgers looks for him at all when he is. But for a team in need of offensive weapons, getting a skilled tight end back isn’t the worst thing in the world.
My prediction is that he will probably split some snaps with Rodgers, but it wouldn’t shock me to see him targeted a few times or split wide in an effort to create a mismatch.
I’d keep my expectations for Cook fairly low this week, but regardless, his speed and play-making ability in the middle of the field should be a welcome sight.