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2015 Rams Roster Preview: TE Jared Cook Up For A Big Season

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Is Rams TE Jared Cook primed to finally pull off a big season?

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Jared Cook came to the Rams with a big contract and big expectations. He hasn’t exactly lived up to them, but he has provided the Rams with a decent receiving option in his tenure with the team. Early camp reports are positive, with Cook looking to be a big target for Nick Foles in 2015.

Of course, a good camp does not a season make.

Roster Battle

Jared Cook comfortably has the top TE spot locked down. The Rams recently re-signed Lance Kendricks to a large contract which featured promises of being included in the offense more often. This might take away from Cookie's numbers, but his skillset is not one that Kendricks (or any other TE on the roster) can match.

Expectations

Seam plays. This has become Cookie’s bread and butter and for good reason. It’s hard to block someone that big and fast. With Nick Foles, the Rams finally have a capable QB who should be expected to hit most throws, at least if his camp performance is anything to go by. Cook has had a good camp but as the veteran leader of the offense, it will need to translate to the regular season as well.

Fun fact: Cook’s first game as a Ram, against Arizona in 2013, accounts for 10.8% of his career yards with the team and 25% of his career touchdowns in blue and gold. He hasn’t had a 100 yard game since. Hopefully, that streak snaps soon.

Chances of Making Final Roster (10/10)

Cook isn’t going anywhere. Not yet, at least. But with the Rams signing Kendricks to a long-term deal, they have a little flexibility going forward. Cook's contract has enough tenure that it would be easy to jettison it if it comes to that point, but there isn't any way that will happen in 2015.