When Thomas hurt his ankle in an eventual win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tight end Jared Cook became the go-to option for Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees in the passing game. Cook had a team-high five catches for 80 yards in Week 1.
The Saints will have to make up for Thomas’ production. You don’t lose a player who caught 149 passes a season ago and not miss him. Thus, the Raiders will probably get a heavy dose of Cook, who had 43 receptions last season, in his first year with the Saints after signing as a free agent from the Raiders.
Cook produced with the Raiders during the 2017-18 season. He had a total of 122 catches in two season with Oakland. He was a good Raider, but, of course, Las Vegas is in good hands at tight end in the form of Darren Waller.
In other Raiders’ links:
Let’s rock: The Killers will perform the halftime show Monday night from the Las Vegas Strip.
Not a great Carr stat: PFF has Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr poorly graded in a key category from Week 1. My thoughts? So what? The Raiders won.
Ready to go: ESPN reports the Raiders are “ecstatic” about opening Allegiant Stadium on Monday.
A look at Saints’ offense without Thomas: ProFootballTalk breaks down New Orleans’ offense.
Big seller: The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Raiders’ merchandise was the sixth best selling in the NFL on Sunday.