Locker was a perfect 6-of-6 passing on the drive.
Cook’s fourth touchdown of the season set his career-high for most TDs in a season.
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Tight end Jared Cook believes the Titans have too many offensive weapons to underperform like they did in Sunday’s 24-19 loss at Jacksonville.
He told the Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt that only time will tell if dismissing offensive coordinator Chris Palmer was the right move. At the end of the day, Cook said he and his teammates need to produce better results.
The Titans replaced Palmer with quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.
“We have too many weapons on this offense to be looking mediocre, to be looking like we can’t put points on the board. It just feels like we have too much talent on offense, and it was evident to everybody,” Cook said. “I feel like most everybody liked coach Palmer as a person, but we had different levels of understanding.
“Do I think it is the right move? Time will tell. We still have to go out and play games and put points on the board.
“I think everybody in the organization felt like some kind of change needed to be made. Hearing Bud Adams’ message after the Chicago game, there was a sense of things didn’t get better, something was going to happen,” Cook said. “I just didn’t think it was going to be today.
“Everyone loves Dowell, and everybody gets along with him. You can go to Dowell and talk to him about anything.”
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The current projection would put Cook past his 2011 total and would rank first in franchise history by a tight end.
In 2011, his 759 receiving yards ranked second in Titans/Oilers annals for a tight end, trailing only Frank Wycheck’s 1998 total of 768 receiving yards.
Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Cook trails only New England’s Rob Gronkowski (1,683 yards) among all AFC tight ends with 1,050 total receiving yards.
His 14.6-yard average in that time period leads the conference and ranks second in the NFL (15.9 by Jake Ballard).
Receiving Yardage Leaders Since 2011 Among AFC Tight Ends:
1,683 – Rob Gronkowski (20 TDs)
1,050 – Jared Cook (5 TDs)
1,034 – Owen Daniels (6 TDs)
1,002 – Antonio Gates (9 TDs)
999 – Aaron Hernandez (9 TDs)
902 – Jermaine Gresham (8 TDs)
868 – Heath Miller (6 TDs)
828 – Dustin Keller (5 TDs)
648 – Dennis Pitta (5 TDs)
627 – Anthony Fasano (7 TDs)
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First, the creative lateral across the field that led to Tommie Campbell’s 65-yard touchdown run. Tennessee’s defense then held the Lions to three-and-out on offense before Jake Locker connected with Jared Cook for a 61-yard touchdown two plays later for a 17-6 Lead in the second quarter at LP Field.
You can see Cook’s touchdown right here!
Locker is 8-of-10 passing for 138 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating is 152.1.
UPDATE: Locker added a career-long 31-yard run in the second quarter. He is 14-of-19 for 170 yards as the Titans lead Detroit 20-9 at halftime.
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In fact, over the last four games, his 399 receiving yards lead all NFL tight ends and rank fourth among all players, trailing only Calvin Johnson, Victor Cruz and Roddy White.
In the season opener vs. New England, Cook continued the hot streak he began in the final three weeks of the 2011 regular season, catching four passes for 64 yards.
Cook realizes he has turned the corner, and his confidence is at an all-time high.
“I consider myself one of the top guys in the league,” Cook told reporters after Thursday’s practice. “I think I’m in that caliber.”
That’s not being cocky — that’s Cook realizing the talent he has and now having the confidence to produce at a high level, week-in and week out.
As for his torrid four-game pace, Cook said, “Those are games from last year. It’s a new year, so I strive to improve and keep working to get better.”
NFL’s Most receiving yards since Week 15 of 2011 (Dec. 15, 2011–present):
1 – Calvin Johnson (Detroit) 30 rec. – 671 yds (22.4 avg) 4 TDs
2 – Victor Cruiz (NY Giants) 20 rec – 444 yds (22.2 avg) 2 TDs
3 – Roddy White (Atlanta) 31 rec – 418 yds (13.5 avg) 2 TDs
4 – Jared Cook (Tennessee) 25 rec – 399 yds (16.0 avg) 1 TD
5 – Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland) 24 rec – 398 yds (16.6 avg) 2 TDs
6 – Julio Jones (Atlanta) 23 rec – 397 yards (17.3 avg) 6 TDs
7 – Brandon Marshall (Miami/Chicago) 23 rec – 396 yds (17.2 avg) 3 TDs
8 – Marques Colston (New Orleans) 26 rec – 388 yds (14.9 avg), 3 TDs
9 – Malcom Floyd (San Diego) 22 rec – 384 yds (17.5 avg), 4 TDs
10 – Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona) 22 rec – 382 yds (17.4 avg), 1 TD
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Making his first career start, Jake Locker tossed his first touchdown of the season, avoiding pressure and splitting a pair of defenders with a 29-yard strike down the right sideline to Nate Washington.
It was the kind of play that excites Titans coaches, showing Locker’s athleticism and big-play ability when he is on the move.
Coming off a 21-3 halftime deficit, the Titans’ scoring drive covered 80 yards in four plays and pulled them within 21-10 early in the third quarter.
You can see Washington’s touchdown catch right here.
It didn’t take long for Locker to begin moving the offense. Starting at Tennessee’s 20-yard line, Locker found tight end Jared Cook down the middle for a 35-yard gain to New England’s 45 (watch Cook’s reception). Two plays later, Chris Johnson turned a short catch into a 16-yard gain to the 29, setting up Locker’s TD pass to Washington on the next play.
The touchdown was Locker’s fifth of his career and Washington’s 32nd. As a rookie in 2011, Locker completed three of his four touchdown passes to Washington.
Locker completed 23-of-32 passes for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception before leaving the game with a shoulder injury early in the fourth quarter.
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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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Stevens has played an important role in Tennessee’s run game, helping pave the way for Chris Johnson’s 5,645 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.
General manager Mike Reinfeldt was able to lock in Stevens before he became an unrestricted free agent and hit the open market in March.
“Craig is one of our young core guys for us. We will continue to see him improve into one of the better combo tight ends in the league,” Reinfeldt said. “This deal came together very quickly. He wanted to be a part of what we are building here and this is a deal that was good for both sides.”
Stevens was regarded as one of the best blocking tight ends coming out of the University of California in 2008. The former third-round pick has also developed into a solid pass-catching tight end that runs smooth routes and makes big plays in the clutch.
That was never more evident than in Week 3 of the 2011 season when he hauled in a 58-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck that led to the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s 17-14 come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos at LP Field. You can watch Stevens’ big catch right here.
Stevens and teammate Jared Cook have plenty of up-side and can arguably form one of NFL’s top, young tight end duos in the coming years.
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