Saints' Jared Cook does big damage vs. Tampa Bay, and it only took two catches

New Orleans Times-Picayune
Saints' Jared Cook does big damage vs. Tampa Bay, and it only took two catches
Saints' Jared Cook does big damage vs. Tampa Bay, and it only took two catches

TAMPA, Fla. — It was not a huge statistical day for New Orleans Saints tight end Jared Cook, who caught the only two passes sent his way for 33 yards, but he made those catches count. They were testaments to what he could add to the offense, one in which he streaked through the heart of the Buccaneers defense with big, long strides for an explosive play, another when he bullied a Tampa Bay defender for a jump-ball touchdown. That was the player the Saints envisioned when they signed Cook to a two-year, $15-million contract this offseason. And, after a slow start, Cook is starting to show more signs of being that player with 16 catches for 185 yards and three touchdowns in his past four games.

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