Is Blaylock’s dark cloud Cook’s silver lining?

Chip Towers thinks it might be so.

Don’t be surprised if Blaylock’s loss will mean even more playing time for James Cook in the slot this season. Cook, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, remains a running back primarily. But he was already getting enough snaps at flanker over the summer and into camp this month to be considered second-team there. Blaylock’s loss just solidifies that.

Todd Monken’s got enough mileage under his belt to know how to adjust on the fly.  And Cook’s got enough talent to be useful in that regard.


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36 responses to “Is Blaylock’s dark cloud Cook’s silver lining?

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Poor Dominick Blaylock. Same thing as happened to Justin Scott-Wesley.


  2. I had ready hoped that James Cook was going to be our Percy Harvin.

    I’m starting to accept that Percy Harvin was Percy Harvin and no one else is. He, not St. Timmy, is what made those Florida teams.

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  3. Granthams Replacement

    Cook in the slot – how many SEC teams defenders can cover him crossing over the middle?


  4. I really hate it for Blaylock but, hearing this is great from the perspective that Monken was already using Cook in this manner.


  5. TN Dawg

    Let’s just hope Cook hasn’t spent all summer smoking more dope.

    Brother is already worth millions, wouldn’t be too surprising if he wound up being a spoiled wash out.


  6. I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but if Cook was as dynamic as we had hoped then he would have made an impact already.

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    • I wasn’t gonna say it – but I agree with you. I’m not trying to knock a guy, but I’ve never seen the high ceiling of potential that some here see. He’s not particularly elusive or quick considering his reputation. Note that I’m not saying he’s slow, I’m saying he’s not quick. Moreno, for example, had a bad 40 time, he wasn’t super fast, but he was EXTREMELY quick. I’ve never seen from Cook anything that makes me think he’s this super secret weapon that somebody just has to unlock the code for.

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      • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

        I would like to see Cook do well. Maybe he hasn’t been put in a role that suits him. Maybe Monken can fix that. I hope so.
        My eyeballs question the 5′ 11″/190 lbs he is being credited with, and honestly, I think he is quick enough, but he looks really indecisive to me when he has the ball unless there is green grass in front of him.


        • Maybe you’re right, I just don’t see the elusiveness that you think of when you think of a guy who you want to get in space. I think of that type of guy as somebody you get one on one with a defender in space, he makes that first guy miss, then takes it for a nice gain. I have never seen the wiggle in the hips that you need with him to make that first guy miss.

          Like you said, if he has a lot of grass, he has the speed to burn. But if he has a lot of grass behind just one defender, he can’t consistently make that defender miss to get to the open grass.

          But like you said I’d love love to see him do well. I’d love to see him give another dimension to our offense. I just don’t think it’ll happen.


          • gastr1

            He’s also bigger than people think he is, which makes his inability to make people miss/ability to get tackled easily rather confusing. (Note that Cook’s two inches taller than D’Andre Swift, though 20 lbs lighter.)



    Depth for the win.

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  8. FlyingPeakDawg

    Well, if missing Blaylock means more 3rd and long draw plays, then yes, Cook is our guy.


  9. W Cobb Dawg

    I guess its me, but all I see is a small guy who isn’t elusive, has no power, and is brought down by DBs with arm tackles. He hasn’t established himself at RB, or WR, or in the return game. And that’s despite our really needing him to contribute. I truly hope Cook proves me wrong, because we need him even more now with Blaylock out.

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  10. ASEF

    Cook’s been a square peg in a round hole offense. He’s a space guy in an offense that sneered at space concepts.

    We don’t really know what he can do in that context, and we don’t know how much Monken will be using the athleticism of the offense to force defenders back a couple of steps or hesitate that extra beat before acting on a read.

    Kenyan Drake exploded when he moved to the Cardinals last season. He had space to work with, and defenses had to worry about two running threats and a pass option at every snap.

    We’re just going to have to wait and see.

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  11. TripleB

    What are the thoughts on D-Rob in the slot? I keep expecting him to look better each year.


  12. Teacher Martin

    There’s been a lot said about Cook for 3 years now. I’ll believe he’ll be successful when I see it.

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