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When Jimmy Graham was with the New Orleans Saints, he was one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. In fact, Graham made so many highlight-reel plays, announcers brought up his history as a college basketball player seemingly every time he took the field.
Unfortunately, Graham suffered a devastating knee injury, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, and the Saints haven't had a comparable TE since. Enter Jared Cook.
The Saints signed Cook to a two-year, $15 million contract after a career season with the Oakland Raiders. Recent reports are indicating that the Saints could run some of Graham's old plays for Cook.
If this is true, Cook could be in for a monster fantasy season. Cook was the fifth-best tight end in fantasy last season, amassing 896 receiving yards and six TDs. Now that Cook is catching passes from Drew Brees instead of Derek Carr, he could improve upon those totals, especially if he's used like Graham was.
From 2011 to 2014, Graham averaged 1,099 receiving yards and 11.5 touchdowns per season with the Saints. While Cook isn't the athlete that Graham was during that stretch, he could be a crucial cog in the Saints' dynamic offense next season, particularly in the red zone.
Of course, it'd be unfair to expect Cook to match Graham's peak production next season. But if Drew Brees and the Saints plan on using Cook in the same way they used Graham, the former Raider could be a Top-5 TE again next season.
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