Dalvin Cook draws praise on first day of rookie minicamp

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The Vikings traded up in round two to address the need that arose from the departure of Adrian Peterson, rolling the dice on Dalvin Cook. And while the dice won’t stop careening on the felt for several more months if not longer, there’s early reason to hope for a good outcome.

“He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,” coach Mike Zimmer said after practice regarding Cook, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “[He’s] a good kid; seems smart in the blitz pickup drill they had down there.”

Zimmer added that it’s too early to speculate as to whether Cook or free-agent acquisition Latavius Murray will win the starting job, and that seems to be fine with the rookie.

“That’s not my ultimate goal,’’ Cook said. “My ultimate goal is to find my role, just come in and contribute to the team anywhere possible and help the team win.’’

The fact that ankle surgery will keep Murray from doing anything until training camp could give Cook an edge.

And while some fans worry about off-field concerns that apparently prompted Cook to slide out of round one, Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman explained during a Friday visit to PFT Live that they did their homework both as to the player and as to the person.

“There’s no question about what he is as a playmaker on the field,” Spielman said. “There’s no question that he’s a threat both in the running game and in the passing game. And we felt he was one of the best running backs or offensive weapons that can put points on the board. And the one thing that we definitely need to improve on, and Coach Zimmer made that point of emphasis, is we need to score points. I think we have a very good defense, but we looked at a stat where if we scored plus-20 points in a game, we have a pretty good winning record.”

For Cook to help in that regard, he’ll need to be available. The Vikings believe that off-field issues won’t keep that from happening.

“We did our due diligence just like everybody else did on the off-field concerns,” Spielman said. “The thing we did was when we talked to him earlier in the process, he gave us the answers. We had those answers checked out from all of our resources that we use outside the building. And then I spoke with him for about 45 minutes on Friday once he cleared through the first round and his answers stayed consistent throughout the process.”

So between Cook and Murray and Jerick McKinnon, maybe that Vikings won’t miss Adrian Peterson all that much. An improved offensive line, of course, could help in that regard, dramatically.

51 responses to “Dalvin Cook draws praise on first day of rookie minicamp

  1. Steal of the draft. NFL Network’s TD said he thinks Cook will be the ROY.Teams are going to regret not taking him. Just like the teams that passed on Kendricks.

  2. Well Mike you’ve done it again. You know how the purples are in the off season, they don’t need any encouragement to decide they’ve won the pre camp Super Bowl. They are probably mentally fitting Cook for a gold jacket right now.

  3. Certainly the Packers will regret not picking him for the next 10 to 15 meetings. They did pick some needed CB, so time will tell.

  4. It is a or miss or hit league and when you get lucky it can change a team from a losing mentality to a winning one. It is too early to tell of this RB is as great as on tape as on the field. However, if he is only 80% of what was shown on tape that alone will be a major boost for the running game and our under-preforming offense. Combine that with our stellar defense, the Vikings could be on track for a winning record and another division championship!

  5. If you want to better understand why the Viking fans are so mercilessly mocked, just read their comments on any of their high draft picks. From predictions of a HOF career to astute analysis on why this one player is just the fix they need to get to the Superbowl, we have read them all with a side helping of humor. Treadslow is the next dominant WR in the NFL (3 catches for all of 2016), Ponder was the next franchise Qb and Patterson was going to be the next Jerry Rice.

    And yet the reality is that the Vikings have been to the post season twice in the past 6 years and were one and done in both games. But by trading up to acquire a back that had more fumbles than touchdowns, Speilman is regarded as a genius to the Viking faithful.

  6. Here we go again. Zim and team taking the bait and unlike most teams after the first rookie “practice” either ignore idiotic questions or say “we’re excited, but it’s early and there is lots of work to do.” Not Zimmer. It’s the Vikings, though. They want back in the conversation because nobody’s talking about them again.

    Before you know it, it’ll be 3 weeks before the first full-pads practice and Zimmer will say “this kid’s gonna be better than Peterson.” Watch…..

  7. Cribbage
    You my friend are an idiot. Zimmer is a very reserved, careful with his words kind of guy. He has never made any outlandish statements predicting ability for rookies. What a jack wagon post…

  8. “Waiting on having surgery until it would allow me to miss the offseason stuff sounded like a good idea at the time.” -L. Murray

  9. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    May 6, 2017 11:24 AM
    “(He’s) a good kid…”
    AHHHHHhahahahahahahahah!!!!
    Couldn’t read any further!
    —-
    Packer fans and their 3rd grade reading level.

  10. whatjusthapped says:
    May 6, 2017 11:07 AM

    If you want to better understand why the Viking fans are so mercilessly mocked, just read their comments on any of their high draft picks. From predictions of a HOF career to astute analysis on why this one player is just the fix they need to get to the Superbowl, we have read them all with a side helping of humor. Treadslow is the next dominant WR in the NFL (3 catches for all of 2016), Ponder was the next franchise Qb and Patterson was going to be the next Jerry Rice.

    _________________________

    Christian Ponder was drafted to be the next franchise QB. We all know how that turned out.

    Beyond that exception, I do not remember any of these posts that you mentioned from anyone other than pftpoet, who is not a serious poster. I hope you will provide links to them.

    By the way, regarding this off-season championship nonsense, we do reserve the right to be enthusiastic about our team and to hope they are getting better. Didn’t the Packers draft with the same intent?

  11. I was surprised to see he could practice so soon, what with all his court cases and armed robberies he’s committed to.

  12. A rookie RB is never going to look better than his first day of rookie mimi camp. He’ll never have fresher legs. Don’t count the Vikings out. They’ve been drafting great young defensive players, and they finally have an elite QB who will have an entire off-season to get ready.

  13. It’s really cute how GB fanboys try to make jokes on every Viking related post. Sad thing is, they just don’t get the humor thing. Oh, their attempts are frequent, but always fall flat and sound stale. There’s never anything new or remotely clever. Here’s the checklist:
    Speildope, off-season champs, zero trophies, tiny hands, Treadslow, check-down Teddy, child beater, tiny hands, 3 yard passes on 3rd-and-8, every draft pick a bust, Ponder this; the list is endless.

    They just aren’t satisfied having two back-to-back HOF franchise QBs over the past 20 years and enjoying their good fortune. No, they just have to pee in Minnesota’s cornflakes when they get fired up hoping for a turn around. What are you guys so insecure about and so afraid of? Football wasn’t invented in GB and the sun doesn’t rise and set in Rodgers’ butt.

  14. The key to Dalvin’s future lies in how he handles the off season and any down time he may have. He got issues. Maybe the Minisoda sheep chasers will provide him with an escort.

  15. Tremo is right and we all should just settle down, it’s early. However, something rises and sets in Rodgers’ butt. And some day he’ll come out and tell us all about it. After his commercial making days are done.

  16. ariani1985 says:
    May 6, 2017 12:41 PM
    can’t believe my lowly Packers passed on him twice to select a punter!
    ///////////////////////////

    I know, right? The Packers must not feel threatened by the Vikings whatsoever. I mean, they’ve owned them this entire decade to the tune of a 12-3 record, but still. What’s with that?

  17. tremoluxman says:
    May 6, 2017 12:23 PM
    It’s really cute how GB fanboys try to make jokes on every Viking related post.
    //////////////////

    Monkey see, monkey do. To win respect, you must show respect.

  18. fmc651 says:
    May 6, 2017 10:40 AM
    Steal of the draft. NFL Network’s TD said he thinks Cook will be the ROY.
    ——————————
    Didn’t we just do this last year with Laquon Treadwell?
    2016: 1 catch for 15 yards.

  19. AP rushed for 2000 yards and couldn’t sniff the Super Bowl. Seriously, in this QB driven league with a salary cap, he’ll have to be significantly better than players like AP, Barry Sanders and LaDainian Tomlinson to lead his team to a Super Bowl. Downvote all you want, but deep down, you all know it’s true.

  20. Hope he turns out better than that great back that the pack had,can’t remember his name, he was big fat guy.

  21. If you include Bradford the Vikings had a heck of a draft. Now Bradford isn’t top tier or elite, but demonstrated he is a very solid QB. The Chiefs and Texans both traded future first to move up and get total unknowns/projects. So in all reality trading a mid first round pick on a solid QB doesn’t seem as steep as it did initially. Getting Cook in the second was great value and the C they got in the third was a good pick too. This should be a solid team next year.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    May 6, 2017 1:39 PM
    tremoluxman says:
    May 6, 2017 12:23 PM
    It’s really cute how GB fanboys try to make jokes on every Viking related post.
    //////////////////

    Monkey see, monkey do. To win respect, you must show respect.
    —-
    LOL!!!!

    You want respect because you cheer for a team!? That’s what you’re driving at?

    So a fan of the Browns is less respected when compared to a fan of the Patriots regardless of who that person is as an individual?

    AGAIN we get the see the self entitled packer fan colors show. “Hey forget who I am as a person, I demand respect because of the success of another!”

  23. hbudgess says:
    May 6, 2017 10:59 AM
    Certainly the Packers will regret not picking him for the next 10 to 15 meetings. They did pick some needed CB, so time will tell.
    __________

    The Vikings had what many would say, was the best athlete to ever play the position, His personal stas vs. the Packers were very good, the teams success vs. the Packers wasn’t much.

    The offensive line, will have a big say if he does average or amazing. but I feel the days of regretting, not taking a RB are done.

  24. Nice back. I hope the offensive line doesn’t get him killed.
    The vikings wasted AP’s years with no championship, I hope they don’t wast Cooks.

  25. I keep seeing that teams passed on Cook because of his off field issues…. Louis Riddick said that he has had rotator cuff surgery on one shoulder, and two labrum surgeries on the other….now he gets to play against 250 pound linebackers and 310 pound linemen……thats the issue that would bother me!

  26. contra74 says:
    May 6, 2017 7:14 PM
    You want respect because you cheer for a team!? That’s what you’re driving at?
    //////////////////////////////

    No. Not at all. And please pay attention this time. We’ve been through this before.

    If you wouldn’t trash the Packers, we wouldn’t trash the Vikings. The respect earned by the Packers precedes anything by the Vikings. Anything.

    That’s why it must start with you. Demonstrate the respect the Packers have earned, and you can put a stop to this nonsense. If not…..

    Monkey see, monkey do.

  27. deepnwide, south1park1cows

    For the record, Co0k has had zero off field issues in almost 2 years. His shoulder was medically cleared at the Combine. The serious “off the field issues” albatross was hung on Cook by Bleacher Report retard, Matt Miller. Other analysts with functional brains had tabbed Cook as the best back in the Draft.

    I don’t know who the hell arianil985 was talking about but it’s not Cook. Or where whatjusthappened got the stupid idea that Cook “had more fumbles than touchdowns?” FYI, whojustfarted, Cook has 48 career TDs and 13 career fumbles (of which only four were lost in 2016 and zero during the 2014 & 2015 regular seasons. His two other lost fumbles came in the 2015 Rose Bowl against Oregon).

    NFL scouts had decided that Fournette would be the top RB taken in the 2017 Draft in 2013 before he even played a single down at LSU. They became so starry-eyed at watching him run over people that they ignored how it messed up an ankle injury that plagued him in high school. That injury kept him out of LSU’s last four games in 2016 but skipping out on their bowl game was his choice. During his his last three games at LSU, his rushing yards were 35 (Alabama), 98 (Arkansas) & 40 (Florida) and 3 TD’s all of which scored against Arkansas.

    Yet, Dalvin Cook, who didn’t miss a game in 2016 and who led the nation in total yards after contact and in explosive plays (128 runs of 12 yards or more) is the one who’s health they worried about?

    Same goes for the so-called “character issues” that the moron Miller wrote about after digging for dirt in Cook’s middle school record and then combining it with different events four and six years later that Miller said “showed a pattern of bad behavior.” Then Miller tops that idiocy by saying he trusts Joe Mixon more than Cook despite the fact that Cook was acquitted of a false assault charge that left a woman with a split lip while Mixon was found guilty of breaking a woman’s jaw and fracturing other facial bones.

    As I said, Cook has no character or health issues to worry about and you can thank Spielman for doing his due diligence to go up and grab Dalvin at #51. Not only is Cook the biggest steal of the draft, his slide was also the biggest crime of the draft given how badly he was disrespected by others.

  28. Seriously, what’s the difference at this point whether he has character issues or not.
    You all spent the last couple of seasons cheering for a child abuser.
    You can’t get any lower than that.

    Some fan bases expect a little more out of their favorite teams and franchises.
    The Barneys, not so much.

  29. This reminds me of a couple of years ago and the school girl like frenzy over Spieldope brilliantly trading up to take the “best QB in the draft”.

    And I think we all know how that hapless and tasteless move played out.

  30. No. Not at all. And please pay attention this time. We’ve been through this before.

    If you wouldn’t trash the Packers, we wouldn’t trash the Vikings. The respect earned by the Packers precedes anything by the Vikings. Anything.

    That’s why it must start with you. Demonstrate the respect the Packers have earned, and you can put a stop to this nonsense. If not…..

    Monkey see, monkey do

    ///////////////////////////

    So, if it’s nonsense, why are you contributing to it? You could just as easily put a stop to it by not posting…

    And by the way, you could also try not to be so condescending. That won’t win you any respect regardless of how much success your favorite team has.

  31. stellarperformance says:
    May 6, 2017 10:50 PM

    contra74 says:
    May 6, 2017 7:14 PM
    You want respect because you cheer for a team!? That’s what you’re driving at?
    //////////////////////////////

    No. Not at all. And please pay attention this time. We’ve been through this before.

    If you wouldn’t trash the Packers, we wouldn’t trash the Vikings. The respect earned by the Packers precedes anything by the Vikings. Anything.

    That’s why it must start with you. Demonstrate the respect the Packers have earned, and you can put a stop to this nonsense. If not…..

    Monkey see, monkey do.
    …………………
    Well cry me a river, you thin skinned monkey. It’s you who hasn’t earned any respect, not with immature nonsense like your last post. First you call the guy a dummy, then you try to portray your favorite team as the adult in the room, and finally you act like a child and admit that you won’t stop if he doesn’t first because………it’s just not fair. Please do us all a favor and just grow up. All the trash talk is just for fun. Now put your big boy pants on and have a wonderful day. And remember….make good choices.

  32. It’s a good thing the queens have him they’ll be 4-1 when they face the Packers and every queen fan will think this is the year…. then realize their QB is Bradford while the packers have the BEST QB in the league and will be for the next 7 years.

  33. then realize their QB is Bradford while the packers have the BEST QB in the league and will be for the next 7 years.
    ————————

    Really, when did the Packers acquire Tom Brady ?

  34. admiralgeneralaladeen says:
    May 7, 2017 3:41 PM
    And by the way, you could also try not to be so condescending. That won’t win you any respect regardless of how much success your favorite team has.
    ////////////////////////////////

    You’re right. You can expect a different level of civility from me going forward. I honestly wish we could all enjoy the rivalry and I will do my best to contribute to that effort. You have my word.

  35. Don’t believe there was ever a question about Cook’s football skills.

    It was his personal skills that were dragging him down.
    It also didn’t help going to FSU which does not have the best reputation in “disciplining” football players- see Winston, Jameis

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