Dalvin Cook jogging, feels he could have helped “a lot”

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The Vikings expected to have running back Dalvin Cook playing a major role in his rookie season, but the first-round pick tore his ACL in Week Four and missed the rest of the year.

That left him on the sideline to watch as the Vikings lost 38-7 to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game and being in that position left Cook with some clear thoughts about his goals for the 2018 season.

“I’ve got to get back healthy and get back on the field and be reliable on the field,” Cook said, via the team’s website. “That’s just staying healthy, and that’s the No. 1 goal for this offseason, to get healthy and stay healthy for the rest of the season. I could say I could have helped a lot, but that’s why you have to be healthy. That’s the No. 1 key this offseason and to get bigger, faster and stronger.”

Cook, who had 354 rushing yards and two touchdowns before his injury, has progressed to jogging in his rehab. He’s still setting up a plan for the rest of his offseason work after missing what he called “the starting point of something good for this organization.”

7 responses to “Dalvin Cook jogging, feels he could have helped “a lot”

  1. First rd. talent, but 2nd rd. steal. He was leading the league in rushing at the time of the injury. He was explosive as an every down back, even excelled in pass pro and blitz pickup. He wasn’t afraid to take on rushing LB’s. He has uncanny vision, feet and balance and will be a huge boost to an offense lacking the home run hitters.

  2. The lowest point of the season for me was the day Cook tore his ACL and the Vikings lost to the Lions at home while scoring 7 points with Case Keenum at quarterback. It was Week 4 and it looked like the season was over. I was really disappointed in that loss to the Eagles, but remembering how I felt on that Sunday in October helps me to put the whole season in perspective and realize it was pretty good overall. The Vikings will have to improve next year and having Cook back will make the offense more explosive.

  3. As much as I admire how Murray and McKinnon stepped up this season- I’m looking forward to seeing what Cook can add to this offense for an entire season. His first four games were very impressive. Let’s beef up that O-line too!

  4. That Lions loss hurt. When Dalvin went down the season should of been lost there. That loss cost us top seed. Imagine a healthy Dalvin Cook with home field advantage. The Vikings would of flipped the script. They still can next year but they got a tall task ahead. Dalvin Cook was a game changer. We got Murray, Cook and ? McKinnon.

  5. wdnemesis says:
    January 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm
    That Lions loss hurt. When Dalvin went down the season should of been lost there. That loss cost us top seed.

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    That’s incorrect. The Eagles sat half of the team week 17 with home field secured.

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