EARTH CITY - It took about four and a half seconds for QB Sam Bradford to figure out how good free agent tight end Jared Cook is.
"He's good. I don't know if you guys noticed that. He's good," Bradford said. "Cook's been great so far. Just that added dimension of (tight end) Lance (Kendricks) and now that we've got (Cook) that's a lot of speed. He's a big body running down the middle of the field.
"It's going to be hard for people to match up with him. If they want to put a (middle) linebacker on him we'll take that matchup all day. It's just going to give us the ability to open up the playbook and stretch the middle of the field and put stress on the defense."
Cook's speed is what sets him apart from other's at his position. He claims to run a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash. But he's always been listed as a tight end, though the Rams could use him in other roles.
So, what position is he? Is he a tight end, a wide receiver or a hybrid of the two?
"A really fast tight end," Cook said.
The new addition on offense is just as smitten with his quarterback as his quarterback is with him. Cook says "all the rumors are true" regarding Bradford. He adds that anytime Bradford misses a throw in practice they ask if he's feeling okay.
With recent draftees Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey along with Cook, the Rams offense should test a lot of teams deep this year.