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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Cook ranks higher than he thought

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- We’ve talked a good deal about Jared Cook not being used enough in this space.

Last week offensive coordinator Chris Palmer promised Cook would get balls early. The Titans tight end wound up with four passes, including the 25-yarder that set up Rob Bironas' field goal that beat the Steelers last Thursday night.

The Titans shared an interesting note this week about where exactly Cook ranks over the past two season in receiving yardage and receiving average in the AFC.

I asked Cook to guess where he’d fall on such a list.

“Probably seventh, around there, I’d guess,” he said.

Actually he’s second. The only tight end ahead of him is New England’s Rob Gronkowski (1,683 yards).

Cook has 1,050 yards and a 14.6-yard average, a half yard better than Gronk.

Include the whole league and Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten, Brent Celek, Vernon Davis and Fred Davis also get ahead of Cook in receving yardage for 2011-12.

But Cook, who expressed frustration before the Steelers game about not being more involved in the offense, said it’s not about yards as much as receptions.

Of those seven tight ends in front of him and the next seven behind him on the yardage list, they all have more receptions than Cook’s 72. (Owen Daniels is 10th in the NFL, third in the AFC with 1,034 yards on 80 catches.)

“It could be better,” Cook said. “If I had more receptions, I’d have more yards, of course. My average could come down. I’ll take more receptions of course. Who wouldn’t?”