Deservedly so Authentic Marcus Gilchrist Jersey , New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has long been recognized as the best tight end in the NFL. From there, it’s guys like Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, Jordan Reed and so on getting recognition. Those guys are all great tight ends, but Jared Cook is proving he is on their level in terms of pass-catching talent. He just hasn’t had a chance to show it. Coming out of South Carolina, Cook had good hands to go along with exceptional route-running ability, 4.4 40 speed and a 41-inch vertical leap at 6’5”, 255 pounds. That’s a matchup nightmare unparalleled with any of the other TEs in the league. The Oakland Raiders are very lucky to sign such a guy after he was so underutilized to that point. When drafted to the Tennessee Titans in 2009, Cook didn’t have the best of quarterbacks. Then from 2013-2015, it was more of the same with the then St. Louis Rams. An injury held him back much of 2016 with the Packers, but he came on strong late in the season and in the playoffs with the NFL’s best QB in Aaron Rodgers, Over the final 7 games he put up 324 yards and another 229 yards and 2 touchdowns in three playoff games. Among those catches was a heroic sideline catch in a 34-31 win over the Cowboys that sent the Packers to the NFC Championship game and won the ESPY for best play.In 2017, Cook was a bright spot for the Oakland Raiders Womens Mike Nugent Jersey , leading them in receiving while the receivers struggled to catch passes. Entering this season with Amari Cooper supposedly set to be the focal point of the offense, Cook is stole the show again. He opened the season with 180 yards on nine catches and just had eight catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. The second of his TD catches sent the game into overtime, where the Raiders eventually won.“We needed some persistence from the guys and to keep making plays and finish the game,“ Cook said of his team’s effort Sunday. “That’s what we needed to do to come out on top today.” Cook currently leads the Raiders in receptions (26), receiving yards (370) and targets (35). He also leads all NFL TEs in receptions, yards and TDs right now. And to think many expected Jon Gruden to cut him once hired because of his $5.7 million contract. But to his credit, Gruden recognized his talent and kept him, leading to what we’re seeing now. “Well, I think he’s pretty good. Wherever he’s played he has been very good as a receiver,” Gruden said about his new star Monday. “I think he’s an unheralded blocker. He’s a better blocker than people think. He’s very good after the catch. You can line him up anywhere. He played wide receiver at Suwanee, Georgia. You can line him up in the slot, you can put him out there at wide receiver. He can mismatch you big time. I love him. He’s having a great year for us and man is he competing. He’s a weapon for us.”It took 10 years for Cook’s talent to rise to the top with the cream and now that it has, it will be interesting to see what Gruden does with it the rest of the season. A quarter of the way through the season Authentic Jared Cook Jersey , he’s on pace for 104 catches, 1480 yards and eight TDs.NFL odds, betting lines: Raiders play underdog to visiting Rams in Monday Night home opener On Monday Night, the Raiders will face off against the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 season opener. The odds for the game has been all over the place as it opened as a pick’em, rose to Rams as the 5-point favorites, then fell to the Rams being the 4.5-point favorites, and now it’s back up to 5.5 to 6 in favor of the Rams courtesy of OddsShark.Matchup : Trends : Free PicksThe Rams are coming off of an 11-5 campaign where they blew past all previous expectations to make the playoffs only to lose in the first round. On the other hand, the Raiders are emerging hungry for redemption after a disappointing 6-10 season where they lost their last four games. The game is going to be in the Oakland which should be in the Raiders favor, but it must be noted that the Rams top scoring offense last year was spectacular on the road scoring about 32 points per game. Hopefully, Gruden’s knowledge of the system will be useful to Guenther for stopping the Rams dominant offense. Obviously, without Khalil Mack our odds for defensive success against the Rams have fallen, but I’m still a huge fan of Guenther’s system and think the Raiders will be able to play well enough to potentially squeak out a win and cover the spread.
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