The Facts: After the first three days of OTAs, NFL teams are all about managing expectations. But pads or not, three days in with his new team or three hundred, it’s hard to stand at Cook’s locker and gaze upon all 6-5, 254 pounds of his Pro Bowl physique, which could challenge several defensive linemen in his new locker room, and not think of the endless possibilities he and Drew Brees could conjure up this season. “I’d read a lot of good things about him before he got here, but he’s certainly impressed us these first couple of days,” Brees said Thursday after the culmination of the team’s first three-day OTA. “He’s got a great feel for the game, and I think he’s going to fit very well in our offense."
Diehards Line: This would be great news for fantasy owners, who have been longing for a return to the kind of production we saw in New Orleans during the Jimmy Graham era. Without going so far as to make that comparison, Brees said of Cook, “He’s got great length, so he’s got a big catch radius. You feel confident with those 50-50 balls. You feel like there’s a lot of places where you can throw if where he can get it and the other guy can’t. Anytime you have a target like that, you feel like that’s a good matchup.” 'An acquisition like Cook was vital to the Saints offseason after not only losing last year’s leading tight end Ben Watson to a couple-month retirement before the veteran resurfaced with the Patriots, but also the uncertainty behind young receivers like Tre’Quan Smith and injury-prone pass catchers like Cam Meredith, who played just six games coming off a knee injury a year ago. We'll be watching for further signs that Cook can live up to those expectations.