Jared Cook Signs with Chargers: 2021 Betting & Fantasy Football Outlook

Jared Cook signs with Chargers: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Los Angeles Chargers have signed TE Jared Cook to a one-year deal worth a maximum value of $6 million.



Jared Cook Signs with Chargers

When the Chargers declined to place the franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry, he was as good as gone from Los Angeles. It didn’t take long. Henry signed a three-year deal with the Patriots early in the free agency process. With Henry’s departure, the Chargers had a hole at the tight end position and filled it with Jared Cook, who was released by the Saints on March 3.

While he only signed a one-year deal which can be worth up to $6 million assuming performance-based incentives, the short co0ntract does not mean that Cook is washed despite the fact that he is entering his age-34 season in 2021. In fact, Cook is coming off some of the most productive years of his career and didn’t really blossom until his late-20s.

Until Cook landed with the Raiders back in 2017, his previous career highs were 52 receptions (2014), 671 yards (2013) and five touchdowns (2013). While his two seasons with the Raiders, Cook set career bests in receptions, yards and scores, he put it all together in 2018, posting a 68/896/6 stat line on 101 targets in 16 games. Those career bests still stick outside of touchdowns which currently sits at nine, a feat Cook accomplished in 2019.

In fact, Cook has 7+ touchdowns in each of his past two seasons in New Orleans. Cook’s reception and yardage totals regressed in New Orleans, but his target-share also shrunk. It was the system more so than Cook. Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara dominated targets while Cook got the leftovers.

Assuming the Chargers elect to move forward with Cook and Donald Parham as their top two tight ends and fail to address the position any further, Cook could be in line for an expanded target-share compared to what he received with the Saints. In each of the past two seasons, Henry received 76+ targets including a career-high 93 last year with Justin Herbert. Henry played 12 games and 14 games consecutively in those campaigns.

The Chargers are not only getting a veteran who can help out a young tight end room and quarterback, but Cook is also quietly one of the more efficient tight ends in the NFL. Last season, Cook was the 12th best tight end in yards per route run (1.64), ninth in yards per target (8.4) and third in yards per reception (13.6).

For his 6-foot-5, 248-pound size, Cook is also a field stretcher with 97th-percentile speed, which explains why he was fourth in average target distance (11.1) and 11th in air yards (668). Cook’s size also makes him a reliable threat in the red zone for Herbert. Cook caught 8-of-15 rez one targets in 15 games in 2020.


Chargers 2021 NFL Betting Outlook

Chargers AFC West Winner (+450)

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  • Chiefs (-450)
  • Chargers (+450)
  • Raiders (+1200)
  • Broncos (+1600)

If the Chargers played in any other divisions in the NFL, I’d give them a realistic shot to win it. However, they are stuck in the AFC West with the vaunted Kansas City Chiefs. Barring an unfortunate injury to Patrick Mahomes or a catastrophic collapse, the Chiefs are going to win the West again.

The Chargers should be competitive, especially if they can avoid their greatest nemesis to-date, the injury bug, which has made one of the top-end rosters in the NFL a perennial handicap in recent memory.

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Jared Cook 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Jared Cook c’mon down. I absolutely love the landing spot for Cook. Not only do the Chargers feature the tight end heavily, especially in the past 15-20 seasons with players that include Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry — we can even go back to Kellen Winslow in the Air Coryell offense — but even when shifting from Philip Rivers to Justin Herbert, the tight end position remained a significant part of the offense.

Cook has been a solid and steady fantasy asset in the latter portion of his career. In each of the past four seasons, Cook finished as the TE12, TE5, TE7 and TE18 sequentially since 2017. While Cook did regress last season, the quarterback position in New Orleans was in disarray. Drew Brees missed a handful of games and was in an evident regression while Taysom Hill played when the future Hall of Famer was sidelined. It wasn’t exactly an ideal situation for Cook but he still managed to score seven times.

With the Chargers, Cook will be reunited with Joe Lombardi, the team’s new offensive coordinator. While Cook did not directly play under Lombardi, who served as the quarterback’s coach with the Saints during the tight end’s tenure in New Orleans, there is a familiarity, which bodes well for his fantasy upside out the gate.

I expect Cook to be available during the early double-digit rounds of redraft leagues and even later in dynasty formats due to his age (34). If that is indeed the case, you’ll be getting him at a value. Cook finished as a TE1 in three of his past four seasons.


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