Jared Cook ready for Saints offense to be full-speed with return of Michael Thomas


Through the first six weeks of the 2020 NFL season the Saints own a 3-2 record, and have an offense that is averaging 30.6 points per game, but can be better.

The unit looked a lot more in-sync last outing, and might be getting a big boost back this Sunday. All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas dropped by defensive end Cam Jordan's interview with ESPN recently, and said he would be back this week.

“It's always good when you can get guys back that you were missing and you can be able to click on all cylinders,” said tight end Jared Cook. “I think it'll be good and kind of a good test for all of us coming back and coming back full speed just too kind of see where we're at, not only in the game on Sunday, but also this week. It gives you an opportunity to get reps with the guys that you're accustomed to working with and just continue to get better with those guys and learn your timing with Drew.”

Thomas missed games 2-4 for the Black & Gold with an ankle injury; then was held out for disciplinary reasons in week 5. Having his presence for week 7 would give Brees his most trusted target, and would help free up others since Can’t Guard Mike garners plenty of attention.

“The most important thing was kind of a self-evaluation of where we are now and in comparison to where we should be as a team,” explained Cook about their focus during the time-off. “We realized some of the ones we let go and some of the plays we let go, we are a lot better than that. And, we are a lot better team than we displayed on a lot of different drives that we have had thus far throughout the season. At this point, it's about getting better from those things we already self-evaluated on, and learning how not to make the same mistake over again.”

The 3-2 Saints host the 3-3 Panthers at noon Sunday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  Carolina’s offense is putting up 23 points per game while the defense is allowing 23.5.