Cook says he enjoyed his first month of vacation following last year’s 9-7 finish, but can’t wait to get back with his teammates when the off-season program begins April 23 at Baptist Sports Park.
“I’m missing it now,” he told reporters while helping promote the partnership between the Titans and Tennessee State Parks Friday at LP Field. “You enjoy that first month off and now it’s like, ‘Can we get back to work?’ Especially now since they’ve pushed it back a whole month. You’re just used to being there by now. Yeah, I’m ready to get going.”
Cook has every reason to be looking forward to the 2012 campaign. He’s coming off the best season of his career, having played in all 16 games (five starts) and setting career highs with 49 receptions for 759 yards and three touchdowns. His receiving total ranked second in franchise history only behind Frank Wycheck’s 768 yards in 1998 — and he feels there’s more to come.
Before the off-season program begins, however, Cook will continue to work out in the mornings, sneak in a little more travel and sit back and wait.
Having a full off-season to prepare is something Cook is looking forward to. Last year he and his teammates were busy scheduling their own workouts at nearby Father Ryan High School while waiting for the NFL Lockout to end.
“It’s completely different this year,” Cook said. “There was no off-season last year. We didn’t even know who our quarterback was.”
The Titans eventually drafted Jake Locker and brought in veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Now Cook has a full off-season to get in even better sync with both players.
“Not just getting work with Matt and Jake, but getting work with our DBs, safeties and linebackers and the whole team during the organized workouts,” Cook said. “We’ll be putting ourselves in the best position to be playoff contenders this year…it all starts in the off-season.”
And the sky is the limit, Cook said.
“We’ve got work to do. It’s clear skies and we’re looking forward here on out,” he said. “We’re still getting some pieces in. We’ll still be signing guys through the draft and free agency. We have some work to do and we’re going to get it done. We’ve got to, there’s no choice.”
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