For three-plus seasons, the Tennessee Titans have seen flashes of what Jared Cook can do.
But Cook is frustrated by the Titans 1-4 start and wants to do more to help the team snap out of the early-season funk it has been in.
Cook is second on the Titans with 19 receptions and second with 237 receiving yards, but at times, and especially in Sunday's loss against the Minnesota Vikings, it appeared that the Titans waited too late to get Cook involved in the game plan.
Through three quarters on Sunday, Cook did not have a single pass thrown his way. But in the fourth quarter, after the Titans were virtually out of the game, the tight end had eight passes thrown his way. He caught five for 37 yards and had Tennessee's only touchdown of the game.
Afterwards, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck mentioned that the Titans should
be targeting Cook more than they are.
Cook's frustrations seem visible, though he is taking the high road in his approach.
“All I can do is speak my piece with the coaches and go out and continue to play hard. I just want us to win and that's kind of what I want to focus on, us trying to get more than one win. I just want to control what I can control,” Cook said.
Cook, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, caught 49 passes a year ago for 759 yards. He said he is trying to do all he can to contribute as much as he can for the Titans.
“I'm just here to do my job. I'm just here to do a job. You go and you learn from film and then get the coaching points they tell you from it, and you get the feedback that you need to get back. After that, it's out of my hands. I'm just here to play ball. I'm focusing on that and trying to get more than one win,” he said.
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer admitted that the Titans didn't get Cook as involved as he needed to be early in the game.
“We missed a couple of opportunities to throw him the ball early and went in another direction, and got that squared away on the sideline. Jared Cook is a good player. He's a guy that we look to throw the ball to and make plays for us,” Palmer said.
Palmer said that opposing defenses will scheme to try and take a playmaker like Cook out of the equation as much as they can.
“They're gonna dictate to us. I just looked at the red zone, and they doubled the tight end on a particular play. Are they gonna double Jared? Jared is a playmaker. I don't know what his numbers are compared to last year, but I think he's playing very, very well for us,” Palmer said.
Palmer knows as frustrated as players may get, he says it is even more so for coaches.
“Coaches are more frustrated than the players. Players can go in and look at the film and say, 'There's a play there. Did we execute it?' But as a coach, if it's not executed, you say how can I help them with the execution,” Palmer said.
Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy did not practice on Tuesday, but could practice on Wednesday as he prepares to play against the Steelers. McCarthy sat out three games with an ankle, but returned last week against the Vikings.
Tackle Mike Otto sat out to rest his sore right knee.