Expectations were pretty lofty for tight end Jared Cook with the St. Louis Rams this season after inking a five-year, $35.1 million deal during the offseason. In Week 1, Cook had his best outing of the season in a seven-catch, 141-yard performance with two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals. Judging by the way they’ve defended opposing tight ends all season long he could again have a monstrous afternoon in Week 14.
It’s hard to say the rest of the year has been a disappointment for the 6-foot-5, 254-pound long-strider, but it’s difficult to call it a success either. Cook’s next highest receiving yardage total in any game this season came two weeks ago against the Chicago Bears when he accumulated just 80 yards. Most were expecting a career year from the former Tennessee Titan after being reunited with coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, but unfortunately his success has been limited at best.
There is good news, however, as the Cards are back on the schedule this weekend with the NFL’s worst defense against opposing tight ends this season. In just 12 games they have already surrendered a staggering 939 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns just to tight ends this year. This is a dream matchup for the Rams to take advantage of as their weapons on the outside haven’t exactly set the world on fire with backup Kellen Clemens under center.
The Rams may not be making a playoff push this year, but spoiling the run for their NFC West rivals would certainly provide some satisfaction. Getting Cook involved in the game plan early and often would be a wise move for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Sunday. Look for the Rams to capitalize on this weakness for the Cardinals and make hay while the sun is shining with their prized free agent tight end.