We finally hear from Emanuel Cook, who was surprisingly cut this week and claimed by the Ravens. Cook played mostly special teams for the Jets, but his departure had Jets Nation scratching their heads wanting an explanation. The Jets didn’t give a reason for cutting Cook but sources said it stemmed from an incident that occurred Monday at the team’s conditioning workout.
Newly-acquired Baltimore Ravens safety Emanuel Cook denied a report that he was late to a conditioning workout prior to being released by the New York Jets.
“I really don’t know, I wasn’t late,” said Cook, who was claimed by Baltimore on Tuesday off waivers. “I don’t know why.”
Cook said he didn’t talk with coach Rex Ryan, meeting with general manager Mike Tannenbaum when he was placed on waivers.
According to ESPN New York, Cook was thought to be late to the workout by the strength and conditioning coach. The report also stated that Cook was cut since a team official observing the workout thought that he was dogging it during the workout.
“Every decision we make is generally for the benefit of our football team,” Ryan told reporters. “I’m not going to get into the specifics of what led us to make a decision.”
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The Jets promoted defensive back Tracy Wilson from the practice squad to replace Cook, a special-teams contributor.
“I met with Mike Tannenbaum,” Cook said. “He said we need to make a move. He said he had a better player. They made a push for somebody else.”
Cook said he’s happy to join the Ravens, who are 8-3 and in first place in the AFC North.