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RB Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings

5-10, 210Born: 8-10-1995College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Mon Jan 22): said he is able to do some jogging but does not have a timetable for when he will return to football activities.

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2017 Week 4 vs DET (13 / 66 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

The biggest news to come out of the game today is the injury to Dalvin Cook. The rookie running back was putting together a very good game averaging a little over 5-yards a carry until late in the third quarter. 5 minutes into the third quarter Cook took the ball up the middle for a 10-yard gain, went to make a cut to evade a defender and gain more yards, and fumbled the ball as he went to the ground clutching his knee. Cook's injury was non-contact and feared to be an almost complete tear of his ACL. The official MRI is scheduled for Monday but Cook was seen walking on the sideline without a noticeable limp shortly after the injury. This would be a huge blow to a Viking's offense that has struggled to find any consistency. For the Viking's lone touchdown, Cook took the ball from the 5-yard line on a draw play and walked into the end zone untouched.

2017 Week 3 vs TB (27 / 97 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)

The Vikings had a clear game plan to run Cook early and often after their poor showing against the Steelers last week but that is exactly what Tampa was ready for. Cook was bottled up until Case Keenum was able to spread out the defense with the passing game. The emergence of Cook has made Latavius Murray all but irrelevant in the offense. The rookie running back fell just short of his second career 100-yard game but it was not due to lack of carries. Cook had 32 total touches, 169 total yards, and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a 1-yard plunge on the Vikings first offensive series where Cook simply ran through traffic right up the middle. One of the biggest knocks on Cook out of college was ball security but the rookie running back looked sure-handed today and did not have any issues.

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (12 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)

The rookie running back was unable to match his success from last week but that was mostly due to the Steelers stacking the box and not respecting the pass. Cook was largely contained all day aside from his 25-yard gallop in the third quarter. Cooks took the handoff from Keenum on a play designed to go right up the middle but quickly cut outside and dashed towards the end zone. The play was initially called a touchdown but after review, the runner was ruled down at the one-yard line. Cook's touchdown was vulture by CJ Ham on the next play. It was tough running all day for Cook who is going to need a little more help from the passing game to get some of the defenders out of the box.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (22 / 127 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

In a night where the Vikings hosted their all-time leading rusher, Dalvin Cook stole the show. The rookie running back broke Adrian Peterson's rookie debut rushing record and was able to find room to run all night. One of the best things Cook did all night was show his development in pass protection as well. He picked up every blitz that came his way and cemented himself as the lead back in the Minnesota offense. The only knock came on an early drop in the passing game that was almost intercepted had it not been for two Saints defenders running into each other. Cook's best run came on a 33-yard scamper that he broke to the outside and took down the sideline. Cook did not play a huge role in the passing game, but was not needed with the show that Diggs and Thielen were putting on.


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