Fisher familiarity sold Cook on St. Louis
Jared Cook’s familiarity with coach Jeff Fisher made the free
agent tight end a natural fit with the St. Louis Rams. The Rams
remained hopeful of adding another big piece to the offense, tackle
Fisher said Thursday at a news conference to introduce Cook that
Long was still in town a day after interviewing with the team.
Fisher believed the team also was in the running for safety Louis
Delmas, who also interviewed with St. Louis.
The physical exam with Long had no red flags, Fisher said. Long
was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft and started every game
his first three seasons, but has missed six games the last two
”He’s a very, very talented player and he’s still got a lot
left,” the coach said. ”You have to do your due diligence from a
physical standpoint, we’ve done that, and let’s see where it
Fisher scoffed off a remark from incumbent left tackle Rodger
Saffold’s agent that a move to right tackle would make his player
”You know, we had discussions with Rodg, not his agents,”
Fisher said. ”And what I’m concerned about right now is Rodger,
and Rodger’s fine.”
The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Cook, who got a five-year, $35.1 million
contract, played his first two seasons in Tennessee under Fisher in
2009-10. The Rams envision having Cook, who said the majority of
his snaps last year came from the slot, and holdover Lance
Kendricks on the field at the same time.
Cook’s production slipped a bit last year with 44 catches, an
11.9-yard average and four touchdowns after getting 49 receptions,
a 15.5-yard average and three TDs in 2011. He’s confident, to say
the least, in his abilities.
”I see the word potential as you really ain’t done nothing, and
I don’t see that as myself,” Cook said. ”I think I’m on the
elevator going up. I don’t see myself looking back at all, and I’m
excited about the future here.”
Cook ran a 4.49 40 at the Combine and said it was ”safe to
say” he still had that speed. He has enthusiasm to spare, too.
”You play for the excitement, you play to line up on Sundays
… ” Cook said. ”I’m here to play and get better and be a great
tight end, and look good doing it.”
He’s fired up about the franchise’s future. The Rams were 7-8-1
in Fisher’s first season after totaling 15 victories the previous
”I know his vision, I know what he’s capable of, and I’m
excited the path the Rams organization is taking,” Cook said.
”It’s been a big turnaround and it looks like they’re headed for
Cook could give the Rams a battleship look in the slot,
replacing 190-pound Danny Amendola, the unrestricted free agent who
signed with the New England Patriots to replace Wes Welker,
according to Fisher.
”You’d think as soon as Welker leaves, Danny’s their guy, and
in fact he is,” Fisher said. ”He’s going to be very productive in
Fisher said he’d likely fill one of his safety vacancies with
Darian Stewart, who played mostly special teams last year after
getting injured early but made 13 starts in 2011. It doesn’t hurt
Stewart that he and Cook are friends.
”He didn’t get a chance to play very much but he’s a very
talented player,” Fisher said. ”And so, yeah, he steps up and
he’s our guy. We’re counting on him.”
Cook said Fisher called him a few times but had no specific
”He didn’t have one. I know the guy. What did he have to say?”
Cook said with a chuckle.
Fisher said Cook had been high on the Rams’ list and the team
was just waiting to see if the Titans would franchise him. Cook
priced himself out of Tennessee, wanting to be paid like a wide
receiver instead of a tight end.
The Rams beat out the Dolphins for Cook, who said ”quite a few
teams” had shown interest and that it had been a ”bidding
”He fits in a lot of different places,” Fisher said. ”It’s
about creating mismatches with him and taking advantage of his