Rams Insider: Tight Ends Cook, Gonzalez Will Be Focus in Atlanta

Rams Insider:  Tight Ends Cook, Gonzalez Will Be Focus in Atlanta

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 8: Jared Cook #89 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on September 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)


by FootballStL Staff


Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 7:04 PM

 (FootballStL) -- When the Rams square off with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, this game could be decided by a pair of athletic, 6'5 tight ends. The Rams

Jared Cook scorched Arizona for 11 catches for 141 yards, and 2 touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Rams will face a 12 time Pro Bowler, and a future Hall of Famer in Tony Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has enjoyed a brilliant NFL career as one of the best receiving tight ends in league history. Gonzalez has 1,245 career catches, which ranks 2nd on the all-time list behind Jerry Rice. Gonzalez's 14,304 receiving yards are 7th all-time.

Despite entering this season at age 37, Gonzalez still brings a lot to the table. “Over the years, he’s created the match-up problems for defenses," said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher.

"Very, very difficult to cover with linebackers if you’re lucky. Then, he’s got such good size and he bodies you out and keeps drives alive against the DBs. He’s been a great red zone target all of his career. I think one of the things people don’t realize is that he’s a good blocker. He’s a solid blocker on the end of the line of scrimmage, so he helps in their run game as well."

Meanwhile, the 27 year old Cook appears to be coming into his own as major offensive weapon. Cook's huge game on Sunday broke the Rams franchise mark of 126 yards by Pete Holohan in 1988. However, Cook's best statistical game was 169 yards in 2011 for Tennessee. The Falcons are sure to put a heavy emphasis on limiting Cook's effectiveness this Sunday. "Jared Cook had gigantic game, said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. "That guy can run."