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Quick Hits: Jared Cook Explains Similarities Between Derek Carr & Aaron Rodgers

Posted May 30, 2017

Following Tuesday's practice, tight end Jared Cook broke down the similarities between quarterbacks Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers.

Tight end Jared Cook

This offseason, the Oakland Raiders added a handful of talented players to an already stacked offensive lineup. Tight end Jared Cook joined the Silver and Black via free agency after spending last season with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co. Following Tuesday’s OTAs [Organized Team Activities], Cook took the podium to speak with reporters about his experience on the team thus far.

Here are the quick hits from his media session:

While Cook hasn’t been on the Raiders very long, he’s already observed what quarterback Derek Carr excels at.

“Great quarterback, great skills, great leader, excited to be in the huddle with him. Very communicative, tells you exactly how he wants routes, how he wants you to run them, and talks to you if something goes A.W.O.L. a little bit.”

In terms of athletic ability, Cook broke down a few similarities between Rodgers and Carr.

”Ball placement, able to read coverages on the move, able to read defenders positions on the receiver, and able to put the ball where it needs to be for completion.”

He shared that the Raiders’ use of tight ends was a significant reason why he joined the team.

“That was one huge reason why I wanted to come here after my visit, because the way they do use the tight end and the way they read the offense. It’s beneficial for everybody in the tight ends meeting room, as well as every other position on how we run our complementary routes off of each other. I like it, and I think it’ll be beneficial for us.”

Cook stated that the team’s tight end group is among the best in terms of talent, compared to other teams he’s been a part of.

“It’s a lot more talent across the board, there’s a lot more talent in the room. We’ve got six guys that can go and line up and play right now I think. So, it’s competition every day, and it’s also kind of a love-hate type thing. We all look out for each other, but at the same time we’re all doing what we can to make this team.”

He elaborated more on the similarities between Rodgers and Carr, specifically their work in the film room.

“They know the offense and that’s really important for a quarterback, especially a young quarterback. Ball placement, the way that the pass comes out is also imperative for your receivers to kind of have that rapport with you, and know how you’re going to throw the ball in certain situations, away from a defender. He does a really good job with that, especially being such a young quarterback, I’ve played with older guys and they don’t know how to have that right touch to throw the ball to the position where the receiver needs it, and D.C. has that down.”