Fisher: Jared Cook will "play all over the place" including backfield
At a charity event held in honor of former Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger on Saturday, Rams (and ex-Titans) head coach Jeff Fisher and cornerback Cortland Finnegan talked up tight end Jared Cook.
Fisher plans to use Cook, who signed a five-year deal with the Rams this offseason, much more in St. Louis than he did in Tennessee.
“He’s obviously got years of experience under his belt, he understands the league, he understands defenses and he’s picked things up really well,” Fisher said, per John Glennon of The Tennessean. “We’re excited about creating mismatches, and offensive success these days is about creating mismatches. ... He’s going to play all over the place. We’ve even got him in the backfield, so we’ve got some good things for him.”
“I’m going to be the first to say that I was maybe like, `Ahh ...’ (when the Rams signed Cook), but when he got there, he’s been tearing it up like I’ve never seen. He’s comfortable, he’s back where he wants to be and I’m excited to have him,” Finnegan said.
Although he has shown flashes of his potential, Cook has yet to put it all together for a sustained period or be featured within the offense the way his athleticism for the position would seem to warrant.
As the tight end that I have most targeted late(r) in mock drafts so far this year, Cook is my eighth-ranked fantasy tight end heading into the 2013 season. Based on average draft position (ADP) data from Fantasy Football Calculator, Cook is the 104th player off the board, on average, in recent mock drafts.
Provided he stays healthy and is used as Fisher describes, Cook has the potential to reap huge rewards for fantasy owners that wait to draft their tight end with a breakout season.