The opportunity Jared Cook has waited for could be his for the taking when the Tennessee Titans host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Because Bo Scaife missed practice all week with a groin injury, Cook got a full complement of reps as the Titans receiving tight end.
In other words, he could be ready for more than just the weekly package the Titans have for him in each week's game plan.
That could be a timely thing for the Titans, if Scaife is limited or out on Sunday. Plus, with Kenny Britt's role potentially diminished because of his role in a bar fight Friday night, Cook's big play potential could be just what Tennessee needs.
“This is what I've been preparing for all week. You never know when then like this will happen, but I'm prepared,” Cook said.
The second-year player from South Carolina said the possibility of being the No. 1 receiving tight end on Sunday is not really different than just learning the package each game.
“In a sense of playing, yes, but as long as you know what you have to do and you're focused on what you have to do, like I have been doing with the packages they've given me. Nothing really changes, it's just doing out and playing football and having fun,” Cook said.
Cook has just two catches for 22 yards, and earlier this year offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger admitted that Cook was “in a tough spot” trying to get playing time ahead of Scaife and Craig Stevens. The weekly package sometimes went by the boards as well, depending upon how defenses played the Titans, according to Heimerdinger.
Cook, whom the Titans spent this year' second-round pick in order to move up and get him in round three in 2009, has been a big hit in preseason and often on the practice field. He says it is time for some of that to carry over into a meaningful game.
“I think it's time for me to do a little bit more and showcase what I can do, not just only in preseason but now that the regular season is here, I think it's time for me to be out [there] and seen a little bit more,” Cook said.