Former scouts tend to be hit or miss in regards to their analysis of current players in the NFL, but this guys understands the Buccaneers well.
It is always worth taking a second to assess the validity of what a ‘former scout’ thinks about your team. Sometimes these guys can be full of it and put out completely outlandish takes that generally appear to be more parody than anything. In other times, such as this one, teams like the Buccaneers should listen to the advice they are getting.
Pat Kirwan was a scout for the Buccaneers from 1983 until 1986. He has the time in and around the NFL plus the credibility as a member of the media for people to feel comfortable in trusting his takes on the sport.
Kirwan, much like everyone else who is paying attention, is not comfortable with what the Bucs have in their tight end room, and he believes former Saints tight end Jared Cook is a great fit. Kirwan is absolutely right.
Cook has been the picture of consistency since his arrival in the NFL. With 7,237 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns over 13 years in the league, it looks like Cook would be more than able to fit in with the Buccaneers offense during one of the final years of his career.
The Bucs shouldn’t expect anything along the lines of what Rob Gronkowski was able to do last season as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, but Cook could easily find his way to 500 receiving yards as the best tight end in Tampa if the Bucs were interested.
Age should ensure that Cook isn’t the priciest guy on the market, and the talent could make this signing too good to overlook for a Buccaneers team that wouldn’t be able to turn down any talent with their most recent deficiency.
Expect for the Bucs to keep their eyes open as training camp inches closer.
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