Tight end Jared Cook has been waiting to break out for a few years now, and if he’s going to do it at all, smart money is on it happening with the Green Bay Packers, his new team for 2015. But in the team’s Week 1 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cook saw just two passes thrown his way.
As far as Cook is concerned, that’s fine. He’s not worried about a lack of targets this season, and is just happy to be in a productive offense, according to Packers News of the USA Today Network. Cook, 29, said that being part of an offense with so many viable options is fun.
“It’s fun, man,” Cook said. “It’s hard for the defense to be right, you know. It’s hard for them to single out one guy and go after one guy, or single out two guys and go out two guys. It’s a fun offense to be a part of because any given day, or any given Sunday, anybody is going to get off.”
Cook said that the Jaguars brought in a lot of safety help over the top, which limited some of the plays that were originally supposed to go in his direction. He caught one of the two passes thrown his way for just 7 yards, but he also drew a 30-yard pass interference penalty.
The Los Angeles Rams signed Cook thinking he might be a breakout star for them but in three seasons, his high was 671 yards and three touchdowns. He has never broken the 1,000-yard mark. In Green Bay’s opener, Aaron Rodgers threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and four players finished above Cook in targets, including fellow tight end Richard Rodgers.