Stop me if you've heard this before, but there is a chance Jared Cook might see more playing time this weekend.
With Craig Stevens on the shelf thus far in practice, Cook could get his shot to have more that just a handful of plays in a package on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
It appeared as if that would happen a few weeks ago when Cook took all the offensive snaps in preparation for the Philadelphia Eagles while Bo Scaife battled a groin injury.
But come game time, Scaife took his full complement of game reps, and Cook again mostly watched in a reserve role.
Now with Stevens out of practice with a sore knee, Cook is again getting another look – well, possibly.
“Craig hasn't been practicing, but you never really know,” Cook said. “Hopefully, Craig will be healthy enough to play, but you always have to think hopeful and be confident.”
Serving as the blocking tight end would be a switch for Cook, who more closely resembles a wide receiver in his build than a tight end.
“If Craig can't go, then Cookie will get a chance to play,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said, when asked about the possibility of who would play Sunday.
Asked about Cook's blocking, Fisher indicated, “He's getting better at it. He's improving, which is a good thing.”
Cook is eager for an opportunity - “I know I can play,” he said.
Cook even used a line he took from teammate Kenny Britt regarding his desire for playing time, saying, “If a dog in on a chain too long, sooner or later, he starts biting at the chain.”
The biggest question of course regarding Cook is how the loss of Stevens would affect the Titans running game.
Guard Jake Scott seemed confident that the Titans would get the job done with Cook, Scaife or whoever might have to pick up the mantle if Stevens cannot play.
“Craig is an important part of our run blocking, but if he can't go, we just have to plug in whoever the next guy is and he'll step up,” Scott said.
On a side note, it appears that Cook is one of the Titans who has developed a quick rapport with new receiver Randy Moss.
“We joke around a lot, but he says a lot of little things and you can really learn a lot,” Cook said.
Cook said Moss secretly wants to be a tight end, and Cooks also says he and Moss debate over who is faster.
“He thinks he's a tight end at 200 pounds,” Cook said. “We always joke around about who’s faster,’’ Cook said. “Me personally, I think I would blow him out of the water in a race."
Cook said he ran a 4.42 time in the 40 coming out of South Carolina.
Cook was asked what his new teammate might run and joked, “He is getting up there in age, but he still thinks he can bust out about a 4.3. I say about 4.8, maybe 4.6.’’