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Cook Antsy for Start of Off-Season Program

Posted by Gary Glenn on April 2, 2012 – 5:01 pm

Jared Cook is getting antsy. With the start of the offseason program just three weeks away, the fourth-year tight end is ready to move toward his goal of making the playoffs in 2012.

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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8 Responses to “Cook Antsy for Start of Off-Season Program”

  1. By EBTITAN on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Huntsvilhawk on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    I personally would like to see more balls thrown your way with teams putting nine men in the box to stop CJ. Could be a very special year if we change our offensive attack to incorporate more deep pass completions to loosen up the defense .

  3. By addicted2football on Apr 3, 2012 | Reply

    Looking forward to seeing you do your thing Jared, that record set by Wycheck back in 98 can feel you breathing down its neck!!!! GO TITANS!!!!

  4. By troy on Apr 4, 2012 | Reply

    likes cook as a receiver if he is really that ready to get back to work first start off with blocking.teams know when cooks in the game we are either running the other way.or its a work on your blocking .i really dont think its the blocking part he needs .it comes down to heart and wanting to dominate that man in front of you for that play he ask to while were talking offence please please please titans coach mike we got to palmer to either open the offence up or replace him .i call his plays before we even get to the palmer either bring your a game or you got to go back to college and coach this is te pros this isnt college,you better open the book up big time this yr.

  5. By FlawlessWallace on Apr 9, 2012 | Reply

    Thats it… You are getting drafted as my top TE in this years fantasy… You are a BEAST MAN. TEAR IT UP THIS YEAR. Just think… Locker, CJ, Cook, Britt, Washington. WTF??? That is Super Bowl material. If the line will block, it wont matter what we do or dont do on defense. If 3 and out HBeck plays though… none of you will touch the ball. Keep hyping up our boy Locker! We see it too.

  6. By franklin p jr on Apr 11, 2012 | Reply

    @flawlesswallace u forgot damian williams. im expecting big things out of him this year

  7. By Stemmer on Apr 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cook has the makings of a Star TE. I bet he’ll put up over 1200 yds and 70 receptions this year. Together with a healthy Britt at WR they will provide one helluva 2 prong attack. Now all the Titans need is to shore up of the O-Line and get a bounce back season of 1500-1800 yds from CJ. iF this happens Tennessee will be the creame de la creame of the AFC South. Really liked seeing that Tennessee signed Hawkins and have DWilliams to add to the mix at the receiver spot too. Holdover Washington also will be there. I’m looking for a 90 catch season from Britt, 65 from Washington,50 from DWilliams,40 from Hawkins and 45 from Stevens. It looks like bombs away for the Titans with 20 and 40 and 60 yds runs from CJ if things get worked out. I’m looking for the Titans to make a play for DeCastro he’d be perfect for our group of O-Linemen and he gets plugged first day.Titans have to get a veteran CB maybe not Samuels. WLB also needs addressing for the future and another DT and DE wouldn’t be bad either. With Hope likely gone the Titans will need to draft a S also.

  8. By THESEED on Apr 24, 2012 | Reply

    Dreaming if you think Stevens is catching 45 balls this year! Maybe 15 to 20 and that might be pushing it if Cook starts the season like he finished last season. Titans will be explosive though, I agree my Titan friends. Go Titans

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