Mike Zimmer: Veteran players say Dalvin Cook gets it

AP

Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook is impressing his veteran teammates.

That’s the word from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who says the veteran players on the team tell him that Cook is far ahead of most rookies in his understanding of what it takes to be an NFL player.

“The first thing the veteran players I’ve talked to about him say is, ‘This guy gets it.’” Zimmer told Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com. “He understands protections, he works hard, they see how he interacts in the locker room, and that’s part of it. And then, when you have a special player—like when we got [linebacker Anthony] Barr—they say, ‘Hey, man, this guy is different than other guys.’ That’s kinda how he is. They see him out there on the field with the other guys, and it’s like, ‘There’s something different about this guy, the way he runs, accelerates, the creases he can get to.’ He’s got a tough mentality. Players can see exceptional athletes. When they go out there and they’re going against guys, they can see: This guy is pretty good.”

That echoes comments from Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and suggests that Cook is moving ahead of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon in the Vikings’ running back pecking order.

50 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Veteran players say Dalvin Cook gets it

  1. The Vikings improve their offense by adding talented players. The Packers improve their defense by getting mad and taunting their teammates.

  2. f1restarter says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:47 PM

    Yes, I’m sure the Hall of Fame is already carving a bust of Dalvin Cook.
    ________

    They’re using the bronze they salvaged after melting down the bust they carved for Ty Montgomery.

  3. whatjusthapped says:

    What exactly does he get besides a 4 year contract

    It’s safe to assume he gets that you shouldn’t waste a franchise QBs career by surrounding him with spare discount parts such as WRs playing RB an no notable defenders. Everyone seems to get that except Ted.

  4. Of course I hate the Vikings and I hope they lose every game. But I can call a spade what it is: As a Packers fan, I wanted Cook. I happen to think the Vikings got a really great player at a position of need at a bargain.d

    I also think that if their revamped OL holds up, the Vikings will be pushing the Packers all year. They drastically underachieved last year, while the Lions overachieved. I totally can see team purple in the playoffs.

    That said, we are very excited about both Kevin King and Josh Jones. ILB and CB were both positions that were sub par for us last year.

    Here’s to a great year of NFCN football.

  5. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:49 PM
    The Vikings improve their offense by adding talented players. The Packers improve their defense by getting mad and taunting their teammates.
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    Is that how they’ve been able to own the Vikings? You wouldn’t think it would be so easy. Huh.

  6. Can’t wait for Cook’s first experience on Lake Minnetonka and his first run in with those meter-maids in “Don Tonn” Minn-E-a-PO-lis.

    Dalvin is tailor made for the vikings.

  7. The last two years, the Vikings and Packers have a 2-2 record against each other with one division championship each. If that means the Packers “own” the Vikings, by the same logic you could say the Vikings “own” the Packers.

    You wouldn’t think it would be so easy. Huh.

  8. Gonna be a baller. Tape doesn’t lie. Played his best against the best teams, including that Michigan defense no one could move against and every time he played Clemson and Florida. When the draft re-dos are done, him and Ruben Foster will be at the top of the draft.

  9. juice08 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:34 PM
    Well yeah, because Zimmer can’t see it for himself.

    ————————————————

    Hahaha – Touche, touche.

    As a Vikings fan, I’m okay with this comment.

  10. stellarperformance says:
    Aug 1, 2017 3:10 PM

    Is that how they’ve been able to own the Vikings? You wouldn’t think it would be so easy. Huh.
    ———————————
    Packer fans tie themselves up like pretzels.

    They “claim” that only superbowls matter.
    They “claim” the Vikings are the worst franchise in history.

    They then “brag” about beating the Vikings, or in this case, “owing the Vikings”. Whatever that means.

  11. He gets a better chance at a super bowl because Minnesota actually has a defense.

    I’ve watched some of the greatest offenses ever in Purple and they didn’t make it to the big dance because of their defense. or turnovers.

    Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.
    see: 2016 nfc championship game.

  12. Cook can “get it” all he wants, but if the O-line isn’t better/healthy, it won’t matter.

    And it is always amusing to see opposing fans above maintaining the 50% cheeser comment ratio — and then in the next breath whining about Viking fans trolling Pack articles. The purple-green- gold trolling circle just goes round and round. . . . .

  13. Another Viking story and another comment section full of Viking “fans” talking about the pack. All the insults in the world don’t amount to a pile of beans when you’re 8-8 guys.

  14. I’d like to say a big congrats to ariani. He just crossed the 100k post mark. Good job buddy. You’ve now officially made more comments about the Packers than any actual packer fan. Keep up the good work…you’ve got a few guys nipping at your heels so don’t let off. And no matter what, don’t ever actually mention the Vikings in any post even though that’s your team.

  15. Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.
    —–
    You’d swear the way you guys talk that you have a successful team or something. Your team hasn’t even won a playoff game this decade…don’t post as if you know what it takes to win championships.

  16. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:49 PM
    The Vikings improve their offense by adding talented players. The Packers improve their defense by getting mad and taunting their teammates.
    ———————–
    Just curious, Green Bay selected defensive players with their first 4 selections in last Aprils draft.
    So why couldn’t they improve their D?
    Are they talented enough to make a difference at the NFL level?
    I honestly don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.

    But, for your sake, you better hope that Cook is more talented than Laquon Treadwell.
    You remember him, he was last year’s savior of the offense.

  17. But, for your sake, you better hope that Cook is more talented than Laquon Treadwell.
    You remember him, he was last year’s savior of the offense.

    The same Laquon Treadwell who suffered a devastating leg injury and was severely limited all camp/year, but who is by all accounts finally healthy and showing flashes as expected? If the Vikings hit on him, Cook and the upgraded oline… look out.

  18. You Packer fans keep saying the D is better, I still remember a Running back losing a shoe as he ran through your Defense in the 80’s…..Nothing has changed..
    except the offense used to win games they were picked to win, before the Choke offense came to be..

  19. This guy is meant for the Vikings. It’s not enough that he punched a woman in the face – he really won the hearts of Viking fans by abusing defenseless puppies. Take that Adrian Peterson!

  20. The Phantom Stranger says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:49 PM
    The Vikings improve their offense by adding talented players. The Packers improve their defense by getting mad and taunting their teammates.
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    How confusing because in the preseason Packers fans are always saying how everyone on the Packers is the best of the best of the best.

  21. Good! I was hoping this kid could find a way into the starting line-up as soon as possible. With McKinnon dinged up and Murray showing no real urgency to participate in training camp, it looks like there is a good chance he’ll be the opening day starter!

  22. cheeseisfattening says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:34 PM
    How confusing because in the preseason Packers fans are always saying how everyone on the Packers is the best of the best of the best.
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    fake news

  23. tjacks7 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 4:25 PM
    But, for your sake, you better hope that Cook is more talented than Laquon Treadwell.
    You remember him, he was last year’s savior of the offense.

    The same Laquon Treadwell who suffered a devastating leg injury and was severely limited all camp/year,
    ————————-
    Oh please, now you guys are using injury excuses from college ball to blame for your woes.
    His broken leg occurred his Sophmore year at Ole Miss. and it sure didn’t seem to slow him down his final year of collegiate football.
    But, by all means, make all the excuses you want.
    What ever helps you sleep at night.
    It’s certainly not surprising.

  24. mnvikes1961 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 7:43 PM
    Dalvin Cook = Offensive Rookie of the Year!
    //////////////////////

    Oh come on………you’re selling him short. MVP!

  25. I like Cook, would have liked to draft him. Unfortunately we needed help on defense so it didn’t happen. If Ted would have drafted him, vikings trolls would have ripped him for neglecting the defense. Catch 22.

    I wish Cook well. Just hurt he doesn’t get killed behind that O-Line. Especially not that Reiff is out.

  26. As a Packers fan, this couldn’t make me any happier. I pray he’s as good as AP or better. Let him force the Vikings to use a large portion of their salary cap for this guy just like they did for AP. If that happens, they won’t have the cap space to lock up elite players at positions that are vital to winning a Super Bowl

  27. The line Cook ran behind at Florida State was better than what he’s going to try and run behind this season. If he’s good at jumping over pancaked blockers he’ll be rookie of the year.

  28. pkrlvr says:
    Aug 1, 2017 3:57 PM

    Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.
    —–
    You’d swear the way you guys talk that you have a successful team or something. Your team hasn’t even won a playoff game this decade…don’t post as if you know what it takes to win championships.
    ___

    Are you serious? You have contributed exactly NOTHING to your favorite team’s winning ways. Get a grip, you’re just a fan like we all are, of your team. You don’t impact anything on the field so don’t tell us what we have the right to post about.

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