Packers TE Jared Cook expected to meet with Raiders

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Tight end Jared Cook looks to be done in Green Bay, for the Packers have signed former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett.

Cook just visited Green Bay’s rival, the Minnesota Vikings, but a deal seems unlikely and Cook is now planning to visit Oakland in the coming days, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

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Cook is best known for his catch on the sidelines against the Cowboys with a few seconds left to set up the Packers’ game-winning field goal in last year’s divisional playoff round.

Before that, Cook was a third-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2009. He did not find his grove until his third season in the NFL, but has since become a reliable tight end and has gone on to have at least 500 yards receiving in each of the following four seasons and 15 touchdowns in total.

Since then Cook has bounced around a few teams including St. Louis and Green Bay, but continued to put up decent numbers on those new teams.

Below is a closer look at Cook’s strengths and weaknesses if general manager Reggie McKenzie chooses to sign him in the coming days.

Strengths

Cook has been reliable throughout his career and is good for about 500 yards receiving and a few touchdowns each season. His PFF player grades have also been on a steady upward trend in the past five seasons with his last season being his best with an impressive grade of 79.

He has also been durable throughout his career missing only ten games in his eight seasons.

Weaknesses

Cook is a good tight end, but after eight seasons in the league, there shouldn’t be any expectation that he will suddenly become an elite player. He wasn’t that with Aaron Rodgers, so he won’t be with QB Derek Carr.

He is a solid pass blocker, run blocker and receiver, but is not an elite playmaker and won’t blow anyone away with his stats.


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