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Chris Cook could win starting job in Minnesota

When the Vikings traded out of the first round of the 2010 draft and picked cornerback Chris Cook with the Lions’ selection near the top of round two, most expected that Cook wouldn’t crack the starting lineup right away, especially with Antoine Winfield owning one spot and Lito Sheppard keeping Cedric Griffin’s place warm.

But Sheppard has been challenged seriously by 2009 third-rounder Asher Allen.  Now, Tom Pelissero of 1500espn.com reports that Cook could be climbing over both of them.

The Vikings have moved Cook from the spot behind Winfield into the mix with Sheppard and Allen, and now Cook will have an opportunity in the final two preseason games to steal the starting job.

“I was just being humble and just biding my time, just trying to get on
the field anywhere I could,” Cook said Thursday, per Pelissero.  “It coming this fast — I wasn’t really
expecting it, because I do have a lot of veterans in front of me.  I was
using this year for a learning experience.  [But] hard work pays off, and
I’m in a position right now where I get an opportunity to play with the
ones.”

At six-foot-two, Cook has four inches on Sheppard and five on Allen.  In a Tampa Two system, where cornerbacks often cover short zones and help extensively with run support, that size difference could give Cook the ultimate edge.

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22 Responses to “Chris Cook could win starting job in Minnesota”
  1. jusford says: Aug 27, 2010 12:52 AM

    Continuing the love fest with the Vikings eh? Didn’t want to write a follow up to the report of the Colts leading the Packers? It’s so obvious who you favor. You do realize there were games on tonight. Think there might be news regarding those teams?

  2. Percy Nugz says: Aug 27, 2010 12:58 AM

    Cook is a beast, he will be way better than Patrick Robinson.

  3. sven_ftw says: Aug 27, 2010 1:10 AM

    he’s been very sharp so far!

  4. jebdamone says: Aug 27, 2010 1:29 AM

    kid is the real deal, has been impressive since day one and doesn’t seem to be fazed by the speed of professional football. i would not be surprised if by the end of the year he were starting opposite ced with antoine playing the slot…well maybe next year.

  5. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 27, 2010 2:08 AM

    # Percy Nugz says: August 27, 2010 12:58 AM
    Cook is a beast, he will be way better than Patrick Robinson.
    ________________________
    highly unlikely, cook plays for the vikings, they always end up being losers every year.

  6. Brewdogg says: Aug 27, 2010 4:36 AM

    I just hope some of Winfield’s aggressiveness against the run rubs off…. The guy hasn’t done a whole lot to disprove the pre-draft opinion that he shies from contact. But as far as locking up with a receiver, he does seem to be holding his own out there.
    Is it just me, or does the idea of having other guys work into the mix and getting some game experience while Griffin and Rice rehab and work themselves back into the lineup bode well for playoff time? I hate to say it (too many disappointments) but I’m actually a little excited by this prospect. Just think about how the 4-wide and dime defense alignments will play when the time comes…. Say what you want about them, but I’ll match Berrian/Camarillo against anyone’s dime back and Sheppard against a 4th WR any day.
    Now if only we had an exciting young interior lineman to get our hopes up….. DeGeare, are you reading this?? Cooper?? Anyone?!?

  7. juggernautjay says: Aug 27, 2010 7:49 AM

    Come on Florio! Sell the “from the University of Virginia” when you write about Cook like you do about every West Virginia player.
    But maybe it’s just me who cares about UVA. Which is a strong possibility.

  8. voicefreason says: Aug 27, 2010 8:21 AM

    If it ain’t Vikings, it ain’t sh–.

  9. puckhoo says: Aug 27, 2010 8:33 AM

    Wahoowah. Class of 06 here.
    Gotta love seeing Cook get the bump – perfect style of CB for Frazier’s scheme. Plus he should do great trying to fill Winfield’s shoes once Toine decides to hang them up.

  10. Bob Nelson says: Aug 27, 2010 8:41 AM

    The desperate vikings have no competition for him. Last season their secondary was:
    Opponents completions 22nd(tie)
    Opponents completion % 25th
    Passing yards surrendered 19th
    Opponents 1st downs by pass 19th
    Opponents QB rating 27th

  11. NOLArules says: Aug 27, 2010 9:39 AM

    Florio
    are there any other teams worth covering here? should you rename the site VikingsTalk.com. Who cares what their 3rd string cornerback is doing. Let the vikings fans discuss it on their message boards. We are full swing in the preseason and this is the best you can come up with. Could you possibly update us on the other 31 3rd string cornerbacks in the league?

  12. IALTO says: Aug 27, 2010 10:23 AM

    # Ilovefoolsball says: August 27, 2010 2:08 AM
    # Percy Nugz says: August 27, 2010 12:58 AM
    Cook is a beast, he will be way better than Patrick Robinson.
    ____________________ ____
    highly unlikely, cook plays for the vikings, they always end up being losers every year.
    _____________________________________
    Hey dipshit, nice post. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re a Packer fan…weird. I hope you and Karen Rodgers both die due to a feltching mishap!

  13. RC IV says: Aug 27, 2010 10:53 AM

    IALTO says:
    August 27, 2010 10:23 AM
    # Ilovefoolsball says: August 27, 2010 2:08 AM
    # Percy Nugz says: August 27, 2010 12:58 AM
    Cook is a beast, he will be way better than Patrick Robinson.
    ____________________ ____
    highly unlikely, cook plays for the vikings, they always end up being losers every year.
    ____________________ _________________
    Hey dipshit, nice post. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re a Packer fan…weird. I hope you and Karen Rodgers both die due to a feltching mishap!
    ===========================
    Funny thing is that there is a VERY real chance of this happening!

  14. ThePlainTruth says: Aug 27, 2010 10:57 AM

    If Cook starts in the opener, Drew Brees will have a career day against the Vikings.

  15. Ambrose says: Aug 27, 2010 11:23 AM

    RC IV says:
    August 27, 2010 10:53 AM
    I hope you and Karen Rodgers both die.
    —————————————–
    Who?

  16. purpleguy says: Aug 27, 2010 11:36 AM

    Sure Cook looks good in practice and in pre season against vanilla schemes, but when the games count, his head will be swimming. they should ease him into the system. What this says more than anything is that Lito ain’t impressing anyone.

  17. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 27, 2010 1:09 PM

    He won’t win the starting job in Cedric Griffin’s spot. If you watched the pressers, you’d see they said, he did some good, but has a long way to go, especially with the footwork on that side.

  18. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 27, 2010 3:14 PM

    # IALTO says: August 27, 2010 10:23 AM
    # Ilovefoolsball says: August 27, 2010 2:08 AM
    # Percy Nugz says: August 27, 2010 12:58 AM
    Cook is a beast, he will be way better than Patrick Robinson.
    ____________________ ____
    highly unlikely, cook plays for the vikings, they always end up being losers every year.
    ____________________ _________________
    Hey dipshit, nice post. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume you’re a Packer fan…weird. I hope you and Karen Rodgers both die due to a feltching mishap!
    ____________
    nope, no packers fan here! Both the packers and the vikings suck and will be watching the postseason from their cushy million dollar homes, favre will be that much richer and the vikings fan base will be that much sadder, if that is even possible.

  19. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 27, 2010 4:45 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    “The desperate vikings have no competition for him. Last season their secondary was”:
    Opponents completions 22nd(tie)
    Opponents completion % 25th
    Passing yards surrendered 19th
    Opponents 1st downs by pass 19th
    Opponents QB rating 27th
    _____________________________
    Except against the Green Bay Packers:
    Aaron Rodgers sacked 14 times in two games = fail.
    Packers were routed both games.
    Packers were humiliated by their former hero quarterback who joined the “best team he ever played with”
    Packer fans were sentenced to a year of gut wrenching anguish and 1400 hours community service: Insulting Viking fans on the internet and trying to draw them into senseless and childish arguments over yardage statistics.
    Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa
    The French have an adjective for the wretched souls of Wisconsin: pathétique
    Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa

  20. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 27, 2010 4:57 PM

    jusford says:
    Continuing the love fest with the Vikings eh? Didn’t want to write a follow up to the report of the Colts leading the Packers? It’s so obvious who you favor. You do realize there were games on tonight. Think there might be news regarding those teams?
    _______________________________
    Florio write the bare minimum about the Packers because:
    {a.} Nobody wants to read about the Packers.
    {b.} Those who care about the Packers can’t read.
    {c.} Jerry Lewis is hosting a telethon for Packer fans – that should be more than enough for them.
    {d.} Packer fans have become so boring and predictable, PFT is luring in Saints retards with even less teeth, (but more original material) to bash Viking fans.
    Maybe you Packer fans should talk Packer smack with a team you actually beat… not ones that pwned you like The Vikings and Tampa….yeowwww!!!!!
    So sick to death of hearing your…
    Waaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa
    Wipe your snot dripping noses, get off of your knees and have some respect for yourselves – you know, like when Brett Favre was your quarterback…
    Waaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa

  21. seals says: Aug 27, 2010 10:58 PM

    Canada Viking Fan- Griff ain’t playing yet,,,,,,,,that is exaclty the spot he will take. I’m confused?

  22. jc1958cool says: Aug 29, 2010 9:18 AM

    rookies always get burned like winfield on monday night in chicago! granpa favre will have another excuse too many points allowed lmao!

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