(FootballStL) -- Jared Cook, the newest member of the St. Louis Rams, didn’t see this day coming -- being an elite tight end in the NFL with a reported 5-year, $35 million deal in place.
“It’s every kid’s dream to be that guy and I honestly never thought it would be me,” Cook said. “I just developed and study work habits and being focused and dedicated. It paid off. I’m blessed to be here.”
Cook was the target of ‘quite a few teams’ during free agency, but it was his former coach Jeff Fisher who officially brought the star tight end to St. Louis.
“When we found out he was available, we got right to work,” Fisher said.
This isn't the first meeting between Fisher and Cook either.
After recording a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine in 2009, Fisher, then-Tennessee Titans head coach, decided to trade a future earlier round pick to nab Cook in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
When asked if he could still run 4.49 speed four years later, Cook replied: “Yeah, I think I can. I think it’s safe to say.”
Cook said Fisher called him a couple of times this offseason with no sales pitch. That’s because there wasn’t one needed for Cook.
“I know the guy. What did he have to say?” Cook said. “He’s just all about camaraderie. It’s about the players and he’s going to make sure his players are happy. He’s going to make sure that his players are put in the best situations that they can be in order to perform on Sundays and I think that’s very important.”
Not giving away any hints of how he will be used on the field, Cook noted that he doesn’t consider himself a big receiver but rather ‘a really good tight end.’ For the team’s purposes, Fisher said Cook’s 6-foot-5, 248-pound frame will be used to create mismatches on the field.
The 25-year-old tight end made headlines before free agency started when it was reported that he would expect to be franchised by the Titans as a wide receiver, if at all.
“The statistics showed it, but that’s (neither) here nor there. We’re not there anymore,” Cook said. “There were negotiations (with the Titans). They made offers, but obviously it didn’t work out too well.”
After meeting with the Rams coaches and going over schemes, Cook said he is ready to play right now and loves ‘everything’ about playing the game.
“If you’re a football player, you love every aspect of the game and that’s what you play for,” Cook said. “You play for the excitement. You play to line up on Sundays. You play to kill the man in front of you and just murder him, embarrass him pretty much.
“That’s what you line up for. You play for the love of the game and that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to play, and get better, and be a great tight end and look good doing it.”
Cook will be playing alongside Lance Kendricks, who improved in his second season as tight end with the Rams last year. Kendricks caught 42 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.
Fisher said having the two tight ends will only make things better on the field for the Rams.
One player Cook hasn’t heard from is the guy who will be throwing him the ball, Sam Bradford.
“He’s out of the country right now, but the coaches tell me he’s ecstatic. He’s excited and can’t wait to get back,” Cook said. “He’s a great quarterback, he has a great arm, great accuracy. What more could you want?”