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Grading the 2011 Tennessee Titans: Tight Ends

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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24:  Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans outruns Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars for a touchdown during play at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans outruns Paul Posluszny #51 of the Jacksonville Jaguars for a touchdown during play at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Jared Cook finally came on at the end of the year. All year long we wondered what was going on with him. Was he not getting the ball because he wasn't open or because Matt Hasselbeck wasn't looking in his direction often enough? We still don't really know the answer to that question, but it got better at the end of the year.

The challenge for Cook going forward is finding a way to consistently produce. He has had an excellent month of December in the last two seasons. Now it is time for him to be a steady presence in this offense.

Craig Stevens had a solid year. He played most of the season with a bad rib, but he was still able to do the things they needed him to do. You can see how much they like him by the fact that he is the only guy that was facing free agency to have already signed a new deal.

I would like to see them feature him a little bit more in the passing game going forward. People that want the Titans to use the tight ends like the Patriots do are getting a little bit ahead of themselves, but Stevens can make some plays down the field.

Daniel Graham did a nice job in his role. He is not going to be a star receiving tight end, but that was not what they brought him in for anyway.

The grade here would be an "A" if it were not for the inconsistency we saw from Cook. This group has the highest ceiling of any group on the roster.

Grade: B