The announcement came Saturday afternoon that the Washing Redskin had signed 2010 seventh round (229th pick overall) draft pick Erik Cook off the practice squad.
Cook is a 6 foot 6 and 320 pound offensive lineman who started for 3 years in college while playing for the New Mexico Lobos. While in college Cook saw starts at left tackle, left guard and center. It was at center that he made his name having spent his last two season as the starting center for the Lobos.
In 2009 he racked up a number of awards having been named the Lobos Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Offensive Player as well as their Most Valuable Offensive Lineman. Sure the Lobos may have finished with a 1 and 11 record but it most definitely was not because of Erick Cook. Over 12 games he managed to play every snap while allowing just 1 sack in 470 passing attempts and had just 1 penalty called against him in 836 plays. For his outstanding play he was rewarded by being named to the All-Mountain West Conference First Team.
Now he finds himself given a huge opportunity with 4 games left and playing for a team where the offensive line just might be their biggest weakness. Having played at multiple positions in college as well for the Redskins in pre season allows Washington flexibility as to where they can play Cook.
Washington’s offense ranks 20th in yards per game and 28th in points per game and a large part of it has to do with the poor play of the offensive line (nothing new for the Skins). They have struggled in pass protection having given up 36 sacks so far on the season not to mention countless numbers of knockdowns and hurry ups on the quarterback. They have not fared any better in the running game either in fact one could make a good argument they are even worse when it comes to running the ball averaging 89.3 yards per game which is good for 27th best out of 32 teams.
So there is a good chance we will see him take some snaps out there over the next 4 weeks due to the inefficiency of the current lineman as well as players getting banged up. Despite having fully practiced Saturday starting left tackle Trent Williams and starting center Casey Rabach are both listed on NFL.com as being questionable for Sundays game.
Hopefully Cook can make the most out of this opportunity because there are three things the Skins need on the line
and Cook may be able to provide them with all three…..