Jared Cook is a tight end for the St. Louis Rams. He previously played four seasons for the Tennessee Titans and played collegiately at the University of South Carolina.
Cook was born on April 7, 1987 in Birmingham, AL and played football for North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA. As a high school player, he played wide receiver and enjoyed an impressive senior season where he caught 32 passes for 800 yards and scored ten touchdowns. After performing at a high level against top high school competition in Georgia, he signed a letter of intent to play collegiately at the University of South Carolina.
University of South Carolina
When Cook arrived at South Carolina, he started his college career at wide receiver. He was redshirted for the 2005 season and appeared in 11 games in 2006, catching six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Prior to the start of his sophomore season, he changed positions and became a tight end for the Gamecocks. He made 30 receptions for 421 yards and three scores that season, and he hauled in 37 receptions for 573 yards in his junior campaign. Despite only seeing 15 college starts as a tight end, he declared for the 2009 NFL Draft and chose to forgo his last year of eligibility.
As an early-entrant for the 2009 NFL Draft, Cook was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the 89th overall pick in the second round. He appeared in 14 games as a rookie, but only caught nine passes for 74 yards. He appeared in all 16 games in both 2010 and 2011 for the Titans, showing improvement by catching 29 and 49 receptions respectively in those two seasons. After hauling in a career-high four touchdown receptions in only 13 games in 2012, Tennessee chose not to give him the franchise tag and allowed him to hit the free agent market
St. Louis Rams
Cook’s production in Tennessee had been underwhelming, but former head coach Jeff Fisher still saw great potential in the tight end. With Fisher now running the show for the St. Louis Rams, Cook decided to sign a five-year contract on March 12, 2013 to join the Rams. In his first season in St. Louis, he caught a career-best 51 passes for 671 yards and five touchdowns.
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