St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook broke out on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, helping them win their first season opener since 2006. Cook, an offseason free agent acquisition, was St. Louis' leading receiver on the day and its leading scorer.
Quarterback Sam Bradford hooked up with Cook seven times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. That was all the touchdowns the Rams managed. Cook was targeted 10 times, and his longest reception was 47 yards. He had an average of 20.1 yards per reception.
The Rams' second-leading receiver was rookie Tavon Austin, who caught six passes for 41 yards. Cook looked great, and would have had a perfect game if not for a costly fumble just five yards away from a third touchdown. Arizona defensive back Tyrann Mathieu forced said fumble, hitting the ball right out of Cook's hands.
Fantasy Impact: Cook has been adamant all offseason that the Tennessee Titans did not use him properly, and that the Rams' offense would give him his chance to shine. That was certainly the case on Sunday, and fantasy owners have to be pleased. Until Cook shows otherwise, he became a must-start heading into Week 2.