"We're going to do what (Cook) does best, we're going to use those plays, but let's see everything he can do. Let's test him."
Cook was a revelation at 31 last season in Oakland where he set career marks in targets (101), receptions (68), receiving yards (896) and TDs (6) on an otherwise dismal Raiders team.
By brushing off the Graham playbook, New Orleans will likely lean on Cook more than he has been leaned on in his career. Graham averaged 137.8 targets per year in his last four seasons in New Orleans and led the league with 16 receiving scores in 2013.
Of course, the Saints' offense is much more diverse now with the additions of Thomas, Alvin Kamara and even Taysom Hill into the fold. But New Orleans still lacks depth at receiving positions -- Tre'Quan Smith, Ted Ginn and Keith Kirkwood are threats to siphon targets away from Thomas -- making Cook an attractive on-field and fantasy option.
Will Cook experience a Jimmy Grahamian statistical explosion in the Superdome? Perhaps. At this point, the Saints are just happy to have another bona fide pass catcher for Brees.
As Campbell succinctly said of Cook, "I'm glad we got him."