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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Jared Cook

Slow start, better finish.

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Jared Cook signed a two year, $15,000,000 contract with the Saints in 2019. $8,000,00 of which was guaranteed. His cap hit for 2019 was 4,000,000 and in 2020 will count $9,000,000 against the cap. The Saints could cut ties with Cook and only have 4,000,000 in dead cap. I don’t see this coming nor think it a smart move.

Jared Cook started the season a little slow and had some key drops, one of them causing Drew Brees’ first interception in our first game against the Texans. This was a beautifully thrown pass by Brees and it was a costly interception.

The first 3 games he had catches of two, two, and one, on twelve balls thrown his way. He missed weeks 7 and 8 with an ankle injury. Week 9 was our bye.

Cook started to find his way in week 10, having 6 receptions for 74 yards in the loss to the Falcons, For the season, he played in 14 games, starting 7. Had 43 receptions for 705 yards averaging 16.4 yards per. He also had 9 touchdowns on the season. If you follow or understand AV, his was 7 matching his other career high in 2018 with the Raiders. With the Raiders he had a catch percentage of 67.3 and ended 2019 only slightly behind this with 66.2%. I image these numbers would have been better than his 2018 season if Drew Brees had not missed 5 games. He ended up with a 75.9 player grade for the season.

Blocking grades as follows: Pass Block 44.7 Run Block 41.7