Dalvin Cook closes his grip on No. 1 tailback job


One of the keys to being an effective NFL running back is the ability to play. One of the keys to getting a chance to play NFL running back is the ability to practice.

And so, with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon injured, Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook is taking an early lead in the chase to replace Adrian Peterson.

As explained by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, Cook had an impressive performance in Saturday’s initial padded practice of camp.

“[Cook] tries to make the most of every rep he gets,” Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said, via Seifert. “You see him do a lot of things really well, and if he does make a mistake, he’s able to correct it and move on. That’s another sign of being a pro. If you do this long enough or if you run enough plays, you’re going to make a few errors. The key is to correct the error, move on fast and don’t make it again. We’ve seen all those elements to his game, and I think he’s going to have a bright future.”

The fact that the Vikings have seen nothing from Murray, who signed in March, serves only to help Cook’s immediate future become even brighter.

“I haven’t seen Latavius other than on tape,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via Seifert. “Dalvin has shown a lot of really good things so far. We’ll see.”

The question is when we’ll see Murray, who had ankle surgery after signing with the Vikings. His three-year, $15 million contract is, in reality, a one-year, $3.4 million commitment. At this rate, that could be all Murray ever gets in Minnesota.

30 responses to “Dalvin Cook closes his grip on No. 1 tailback job

  1. Two injured veteran Rb & a draft stud Rb is a better bet than one convert Wr & 3 (Three!) dartboard drafted Rb’s.

  2. Murray is a solid starter and a great 2nd option. Just dont expect him to make guys miss… not a lot of patience behind blockers and not a lot of vision in the open field.

    I think he will be valuable to them this year. After that the question is are they OK with his salary vs his role.

  3. This follows a Viking training camp tradition, everyone looks great in the practices, if you don’t believe me, just ask to the coach and he will sing his praises all day long.

    But when the games count in the standings, then not so much.

  4. saints12013 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:06 AM
    Cook is going to be special. Don’t feel bad if you draft him early, I know I am….

    Weren’t you the same guy who drafted Adrian Peterson early last year?

    Any RB behind that terrible line should be drafted late.

  5. I’m a Giants fan so I don’t have a dog in this race. But I’m also a fan of The U and for the last few years I’ve watched Cook completely destroy our D. I was hoping the Giants would trade up to draft him in the 2nd round. I know you G.B. fans dont wanna hear this but the Vikings got a steal. Now the OL needs to show it can run block.

    I’ve done 2 fantasy drafts and both times I’ve picked Cook early in the 5th round. By the time late August roles around his ADP will probably be in the late 2nd to early 3rd round.

  6. atthemurph says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:17 AM

    Any RB behind that terrible line should be drafted late.
    You do realize that it’s almost a completely different o-line from last year, right?

  7. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jul 30, 2017 9:21 AM
    Only Packer fans celebrate preseason power rankings and practice performances.


    Wanna know how I know you didn’t read the article?

  8. If Murray ends up being a $3.4 backup running back – I’m good with that.

    It only means that Cook has taken this opportunity and done extremely well.

  9. The Packers get a gift GIFT Power ranking every year,
    By week 6 they will be hanging around 12 again while Minnesota will be the surprise NFC N leaders.
    At least Minnesota HAD a reason for their performance last year.
    Same old thing for the Packers a let down followed by a strong finish, and a choke when they should. I mean when the media thinks they should WIN
    They are fine until they meet an Offense that turns that soft defensive under belly into,
    um…… Swiss Cheese!
    It’s fact, you shouldn’t forget, you gripe about it all off season Cheezer’s
    HA HA HA..

  10. As an Eagles fan I was very disappointed with the Vikings jumped us to draft Cook. He looked like an immediate-impact RB to any team.

  11. Couldn’t believe it when GB didn’t grab him at 28. Vikings were smart to move up and get him. ROY coming and who knows, Superbowl MVP maybe…

  12. Watch highlights of the Orange Bowl against Michigan and that will tell you all you need to know about Cook. TT obviously didn’t and that’s why you see the fear and anger in the cheesers rambling posts.

  13. @genxj & arianus.

    According to you clowns the Vikings have had the greatest RB for the last 10 years.

    I’ll take an HOF QB, that wins playoff games and super bowl. Keep your RBs

  14. Cook is gonna be good.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda been a Packer. If only…

    Same kinda things we Packers fans will be saying when Aaron’s gone. Sad, but true.

  15. i think it’s pretty clear Cook’s the running back. That was probably the case when they drafted him, as he was not supposed to be there in the 2nd. Good fortune and he’s got a great attitude. It’s still early.

    Packer trolls. Sigh. No one is predicting anything. I imagine most Vikings fans would be happy with not having anymore players carted off. Sheesh.

  16. Considering the Vikes went from one of the league’s best running games for the better part of a decade to dead last in 2016, they were due for an overhaul in the RB room. Murray is excellent depth and will save Cook a lot of wear and tear late in games when running out the clock and in goal line situations.

  17. It would appear Dalvin’s voodoo doll, with the pins in the legs/ankles of Murray and McKinnon, is working.

  18. Kinda like what happened with Chester Taylor fresh off a 1,000 yard season and we took Peterson with our first pick.

    People love to mock that we have Sam Bradford and no first round pick. Maybe we got a first round talent at pick no. 41 after all. And Bradford.

  19. I thought Murray was brought in for more of a short yardage option. Dalvin is a 3 down back.

  20. All this talk about Cook is exciting, However what GB fans are missing is the real story and that’s the contract extensions of Everson Griffin and Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes are gonna be closed in Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago for several years.

    The Vikings are locking up key defensive players early for longevity barring injury. Its no secret in the NFC North that the Vikings have the best defense and are ranked number three overall in the NFL.

    Getting back to Cook, the kid is going to be good and with a much improved offensive line the running game will be even better. The Vikings drafted a RB and did not need to covert a WR to one. With Sammy Sleeves coming in just 8 days before the season started and the mass injuries to the offensive line last year it was a miracle we finished 8-8.

    The Packers were two Hail Marys from being 8-8 so we’ll see this year with Bradford having a full OTA workouts and a full training camp. Gonna love to see Clay Mathhews try and cover Cook when they split him out. Defense wins Championships and right now in the North the Vikings have the best defense. Sure its sexy to lob bombs down field and run up your stats but its about points on the board at the end of the day. I’ve seen alot of 300 yard passing QBs end up on the wrong end with the loss.

    Cook is going to give DC’s nightmares along with Diggs. Sure the media picks Green Bay because of the nostalgia, legend and myths about Green Bay and Lambeau field. Hell they may even wing the division again, but if they do not get a defense the results will be the same as last year against the Falcons in the NFC Championship game I assure you.

  21. whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 30, 2017 8:51 AM
    This follows a Viking training camp tradition, everyone looks great in the practices, if you don’t believe me, just ask to the coach and he will sing his praises all day long.

    But when the games count in the standings, then not so much.
    This follows a “insert any NFL team here” training camp tradition, everyone looks great in the practices, if you don’t believe me, just ask to the coach and he will sing his praises all day long.

    There. I fixed it for ya! You are welcome.

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