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Jets should make strong push towards Jared Cook

By Samuel Sutton
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook (89) during the game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook (89) during the game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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The tight end position for the New York Jets is horrendous. Signing Jared Cook could fix that problem.

It’s obvious that the New York Jets have problems at the tight end position, and with current tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkinsnew suspension, it’s time to make a change.

Tight end Jared Cook was released by the Green Bay Packers. He’s been a pretty solid tight end for all of his former teams, the Packers, the Los Angeles Rams (St. Louis Rams at that time) and the Tennessee Titans.

In his time in the NFL, Cook has equipped for 3,880 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns with 303 catches. He hasn’t been a “Jason Witten” or “Rob Gronkowski” kind of guy, but he’s definitely shown he can get the job done when needed.

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He is also much better than anything the Jets have at the tight end position. Sefarian-Jenkins is okay, but he’s a bit of a head case, and this team really can’t afford to have that kind of mentality on their team. They need someone who can come in, learn the system, respect the coaches and players and get the job done.

With all of that being said, the Jets should work with Cook too. This team has always been bad at getting the tight end involved, and these days, that’s a big problem. They need to switch up their system a little bit and start making plays to get the tight end more receptions.

A good tight end in a system that works for him is like poison to a defense because it forces them to use their linebackers to cover, and if those linebackers aren’t used to having to cover so much, then that’s easy yards. If the Jets picked up Cook and gave him an offense that would work in his favor, then they may have something working at that position.

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