I have heard in comments recently that Jared Cook is just another Ben Troupe or Fisher was right in keeping him on the bench.
I am not going to lie to you...Jared Cook could probably play better. A lot of our receivers not named Britt or Washington could. But, to go as far to say that Cook is just another Ben Troupe or Fisher was right to keep him on the bench (behind Bo Scaife, for that matter) is appalling.
Here is the Football Outsider's DVOA rankings for TEs so far this year. I did eliminate all TEs who had less than 20 passes thrown to them (FO's look at TEs with at least 8 passes). Cook ranks in the same area as Jason Witten, Jermaine Gresham, Brandon Pettigrew, Jeremy Shockey, and Dustin Keller.
Now, I know some people question his blocking...and it definitely needs to continue to improve. But, I have seen Cook block well on some occasions just as I have seen him block poorly. But he is not a blocking TE...he is a receiving TE.
Now, can Cook play better? Absolutely...he'll need to continue to get comfortable in this offense and with Hasselbeck. Can Palmer continue to use Cook more creatively? Absolutely, as he finds out Cook's strengths, that should happen.
Is Cook another Ben Troupe? Absolutely not...was Fisher right in keeping him on the bench? Seriously??