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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Jared Cook #87 of the Oakland Raiders carries the ball against Byron Jones #31 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Raiders had a noisy offseason. They signed Marshawn Lynch, drafted Gareon Conley after a rape accusation, gave Derek Carr the second biggest deal in NFL history and watched Donlad Penn hold out.

But an impactful, yet underplayed story of the offseason is the signing of Jared Cook. The tight end came over to the Raiders following a season with the Packers. While he has never averaged 50 receiving yards per game in his eight seasons in the NFL, he could have a breakout year in Oakland.

“He just brings another weapon among a team that already has a ton of weapons,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. “He can run. He can catch the ball. He can run routes. He does a lot of things for them. It’s almost like having four wide receivers if you want to have him out there, but at the same time, he can run block as well, so it brings another dimension for him.”

Derek Carr has plenty of toys now. From his receiving duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to his running backs of Lynch, Jalen Richars and DeAndre Washington, to his newest target in the passing game, Cook.

It is an offense that has too many weapons to defend. With Cooper, Crabtree and Lynch headlining scouting reports, Cook could be the player left open.

He had a good start to the season, snagging all five of his targets for 56 yards against Tennessee. His biggest value in the passing game won’t be creating long plays, but rather moving the chains and keeping drives alive.

Carr sees his tight end position as one of value. An opportunity to get great matchups while defenses focus elsewhere.

“I think with the guys that we have on the outside, any tight end would want to come play. I’m glad that we got Jared,” Carr said. “Not only is he a great player, we all saw the catches and speed and he can block and all those things, but in that locker room he is one of the coolest people to sit by and talk to.”

In week two against the Jets, Carr could be looking at Cook all game. In week one, Buffalo’s tight end Charles Clay was targeted nine times, the most on the team. While he only caught four of those targets, he still produced 53 yards and a touchdown.

It‘s Carr, Cooper, Crabtree and now Cook that defenses have to be weary of.

Tyler Bischoff hosts Coaches Corner on AM 720 KDWN Monday through Friday at 6:00 pm.