Jared Cook Shines in Pro Bowl

Nicholas Cothrel

Cook’s Pro Bowl Performance:

Jared Cook was once though of, as a player that got “snubbed” for not making the Pro Bowl. Although, just a week before the event, Cook was named to the Pro Bowl in order to replace Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Cook was the Raiders only representative at the game in Orlando, Florida. He represented the Silver and Black well, catching three balls for 71-yards in the 26-7 win for the AFC. His 71 receiving yards was the third most by any AFC receiver throughout the game. Only Keenan Allen had more catches (4) than the three receptions that Cook hauled in.

Over his ten-year career, this was his first time he was selected to the annual event. Cook’s effort’s this season was definitely Pro Bowl worthy after he set career highs in receptions (68), receiving yards (896) and touchdowns (6). It was the best year of his career, as he starred in Jon Gruden’s offense after his first year back on the sidelines.

Cook’s Season Highlights:

Cook busted out of the gates week 1 with a 180-yard performance against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. His special night broke the Raiders franchise record for the most receiving yards by a Tight End. Week 4 he had eight catches for 110-yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Raiders to a win over the Cleveland Browns in overtime. Week 13 and 14 Cook exceeded over 100-yards receiving and at least seven receptions.

Will the Raiders Retain Cook?

Cook will now hit the free-agent market as one of the most coveted Tight Ends, coming off a career year. Quarterback Derek Carr connected with Cook better than any of the other weapons on offense. Cook was someone who Carr relied on to pickup first downs on crucial plays. Gruden has expressed his interest in keeping Cook on the roster when the season came to an end. GM Mike Mayock and Gruden will have some figuring out to do if they want to bring back their Pro Bowl Tight End for another season. Cook’s payday this offseason will likely be in the range of $6-9 million per year.

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