The Green Bay Packers have lacked a true pass catching tight end in their offense since Jermichael Finley. The Packers added the 6-foot-5 Jared Cook from the St. Louis Rams who has the chance to be a major sleeper for Aaron Rodgers this season.
Head coach Mike McCarthy is excited for the potential of Cook in the Packers offense. “Big target, very, very athletic,” McCarthy said. “I think anytime if you’re just talking purely throwing the football and you’ve got big targets that can move like he does, he’s been an excellent addition. He’s been everything we thought he would be.”
Rodgers is looking forward to the dimension Cook will be able to add to the offense this season as well. “Jared is able to stretch the field a little bit with his little bit [of] extra speed,” Rodgers said. “I’m excited to get him up and going and get to these installs and see what he can do even more.”
Cook himself can’t wait to play with a quarterback like Rodgers and believe his potential for production is very high in an offense already with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Cook praised Rodgers’ talent stating, “He threads it on the needle like I’ve never seen before. He does it off his back foot, sideways, sidearm, cross-body. You don’t see a lot of guys who have velocity on the ball who can throw the ball any type of way.”
The Packers will surely be Super Bowl contenders for the upcoming season and have a manageable schedule. Rodgers is hungry to obtain his second Super Bowl ring and Cook can be a major piece to the puzzle for the Packers this season.