The Facts: OC Todd Downing is impressed with Cook. "He's a big, long guy, runs really well, stretches the field vertically inside," Downing said of the TE. "He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties. He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out."
Diehards Line: The Raiders signed the eight-year veteran to a two-year, $10.6 million deal in March with the hopes of bolstering an already formidable attack. Last season, only 14 percent (580) of Oakland’s 4,051 receiving yards came from tight ends. Though Cook hasn’t caught more than five touchdown passes in a season during his career, he has a reputation as a reliable receiver. Cook had 50-catch seasons in 2013 and 2014, and caught more than 40 passes in two other seasons. Last season, he was hampered by an ankle injury and mustered only 377 yards for the Packers, the third-lowest total of his career. In Cook, the Raiders believe they have a player who will make life easier for quarterback Derek Carr and the wide receivers. And that's worth something to fantasy owners, who can take a flier on Cook as their TE2 very late in drafts at this point.