4. Jared Cook
Anyone that is expecting Jared Cook to have a good season with the LA Chargers and put up some of the numbers that he did with the New Orleans Saints are going to be disappointed. It seems easy to predict regression with Cook because of his age, but it is also really easy to talk yourself into him having a solid season in LA.
All the stars are aligning for Cook to be solid in LA, right? He has a great young quarterback that can air it out with the best of them and certainly better than Drew Brees in his latter years. Joining him from New Orleans is Joe Lombardi, who is going to implement an offense that is similar to the offense that Sean Payton has been running.
That is all great, but he is still 34 years old and the signs of regression have already shown. His numbers have steadily gone down over the last several seasons and even with the Saints, his impact was not that large. He would have some big games, sure, but there were also games where it felt like he wasn’t even out there.
Cook peaked later in his career so it is easy to think that he could continue to peak. He is a late bloomer after all and is he in an offense that should be one of the best in the league. However, he is a vertical threat tight end who is getting way too old; which is less than ideal for a vertical threat tight end.
By the end of the season, Donald Parham and Tre’ McKitty should be getting the bulk of the snaps in LA.