Jared Cook gives offense spark
If Ted Thompson needs convincing to open his mind about free agency, Jared Cook sure made a case. Cook’s return from injury gave the offense a much-needed spark, his speed and athleticism creating mismatches Aaron Rodgers could exploit.
Mike McCarthy loves to utilize his tight ends in the passing game, but Richard Rodgers isn’t efficient enough to trust.
Cook led the Packers in receiving with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. For perspective, Rodgers has posted just 203 yards and a touchdown in 10 games this season. If not for a miscommunication while wide open in the end zone, as well as a late fumble, Cook’s evening would have been even better.
On one play, a 47-yard catch-and-run down the sideline, Cook flashed a combination of size, speed and athleticism the Green Bay offense has lacked for three years. Finally healthy, the former Ram may be the difference maker Aaron Rodgers needs to attack the middle of the field.
Getting Cook more involved down the stretch may be critical if the Packers are to have any hope of winning the division.