With preseason “out of the way,” Dalvin Cook is ready to go

AP

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook declared himself ready for the season, after getting two carries in the preseason.

The single yard he gained wasn’t really the point, after coming back from last October’s torn ACL. And now as he prepares for the start of the regular season, he insists his brief preseason appearance was enough.

I got it out of the way and now it’s time for me to hone in on what we’re doing as an offense,” Cook said, via Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “My knee is fine. It’s ready to go. I’m ready to play.”

As to whether he’s ready to resume a full workload, that remains to be seen. In the three games before he was injured last year, Cook was averaging more than 20 carries per game, which is what the Vikings envisioned when they drafted him in the second round.

“Well, we’re going to find out real soon,” Cook said of his workload. “It’s different, man. In practice, I’m trying to help myself by finishing runs and finishing plays to get myself in that type of shape. Once the game comes around, it’s a different story. It’ll be a mental thing on the other side with pushing through and wanting to get it done.”

The Vikings were able to keep things going after his injury last year, and they still have Latavius Murray on hand to help. But having a healthy Cook would be an obvious boost for Kirk Cousins as they try to lift the Vikings to another level.

46 responses to “With preseason “out of the way,” Dalvin Cook is ready to go

  1. I think what bothers me is when he injured his leg he didn’t hold onto the ball resulting in a loss to Det. Had they won that game they would’ve hosted the NFCCG. Maybe I’m just a jerk.

  2. He got that first hit out of the way in preseason. That’s really all the team wanted out of Cook.

    Ready to go… 😀

  3. vikesfansteve says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:07 am
    I think what bothers me is when he injured his leg he didn’t hold onto the ball resulting in a loss to Det. Had they won that game they would’ve hosted the NFCCG. Maybe I’m just a jerk.
    ————
    Jerk? Nah, POS? Yeah. Dude’s knee was shredded & his career maybe in jeopardy at that moment & you’re bothered that he fumbled? C’mom dude. Be better. And that one fumble isn’t the reason they lost that game, let alone the reason they didn’t host the NFCCG.

  4. Between Cooks, Murray and the rookies Mike Boone and Roc Thomas, the Vikings have a slew of quality RB’s. DeFillipo likes to use multiple back sets, line up RB’s out wide etc. I’d be surprised if Murray got a huge workload early in the year with multiple options….. even though he’s the best option. Ease him in

  5. Cook is the key that will take this offense over the top. His ability to take it all the way on any touch is going to make life hell for defensive coordinators. As long as the OL stays relatively healthy, this offense is going to be tough to stop.

  6. We have 5 RBs that could start for most teams….Packers have 0…sad state of affairs in Cheeseland. The have Erin, tho….for now.

  7. theyearofthecat1 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:23 am
    He’s lucky he doesn’t have to face The Lions again until 11/4.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE
    **********************
    Agreed. If he doesn’t break down by November he can expect more of the same when he faces the Lions again!

  8. savethebs says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:58 am
    vikesfansteve says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:07 am
    I think what bothers me is when he injured his leg he didn’t hold onto the ball resulting in a loss to Det. Had they won that game they would’ve hosted the NFCCG. Maybe I’m just a jerk.
    ————
    Jerk? Nah, POS? Yeah. Dude’s knee was shredded & his career maybe in jeopardy at that moment & you’re bothered that he fumbled? C’mom dude. Be better. And that one fumble isn’t the reason they lost that game, let alone the reason they didn’t host the NFCCG.
    _________

    Yeah, you just might need to cut Cook some slack on this one.

    Looking forward to seeing him play again. Like someone mention above- just ease him in- we have some great options at RB.

  9. Cook is a great 3 down back that can make an average to above average line look good. He’ll be fun to watch this year. Murray did alright last year given when he joined the team but as others have said, week 1 is not the time to throw Cook back into the 20+ carries a game yet. It’s a long season.

  10. Very quickly Heidi fans have to make it about the Packers. That’s what happens when you have to watch a neighbor win seven World Championships in the years since your team was conjured.

  11. somatg3 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:09 am
    I’d be surprised if Murray got a huge workload early in the year with multiple options….. even though he’s the best option. Ease him in

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You do realize this article is about Cook, right? Not Murray?

  12. Overlooked part of his game was pass pro. He was well coached at FSU. There isn’t anything he can’t do on the field. His knack at making tacklers miss is the part of his game I hope returns quickly. Boone reminds me of the angry runner Davonte Freeman in Atl. Great pickup getting that guy.

  13. Aaron Jones had better rushing stats than Dalvin Cook. Vikings are Fielding a sub par offensive line as usual. And a quarterback that the team that drafted him and knew him best did not want to commit to going forward.
    Vikings hopes are pinned to their defense.
    That would have been a smart move in the 1970’s.
    And we’ve yet to see what the Eagles beating them like a drum leaves behind.
    And their fans continue to dwell on the fact that Rodgers is going to get hurt.
    That at least makes sense in 2018, it’s their best shot at making it back to the playoffs.

  14. Karras71 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 11:00 am
    theyearofthecat1 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:23 am
    He’s lucky he doesn’t have to face The Lions again until 11/4.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE
    **********************
    Agreed. If he doesn’t break down by November he can expect more of the same when he faces the Lions again!
    ________________

    skoLOL@Barney fans getting the business from Lion fans.
    Too Funny!

    Glad to see Cook is strong and healthy again this year.
    Injuries are a fact of life when it comes to NFL Football, but I hate seeing teams lose their best players, even divisional foes.

  15. He may have a bit of rust, but Murray looked strong in pre-season, so he can be eased in. With the Vikes average O-line, he’s going to have to be one of the RBs that leads the league in percentage of broken tackles again. It’s reassuring to have multiple talented players on offense rather than simply relying on a great QB.

    And if memory serves correct, he busted up his knee prior to any contact in the Lions game, but if our friendly bud yearofthecat wants the Lions’ D to get credit, be my guest.

  16. We have 5 RBs that could start for most teams….Packers have 0…sad state of affairs in Cheeseland. The have Erin, tho….for now.
    ——
    Well then you shouldn’t have any excuses next Sunday….but in case you forgot, you’re playing the 49’era this weekend, not the pack.

  17. savethebs says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:58 am

    vikesfansteve says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:07 am
    I think what bothers me is when he injured his leg he didn’t hold onto the ball resulting in a loss to Det. Had they won that game they would’ve hosted the NFCCG. Maybe I’m just a jerk.
    ————
    Jerk? Nah, POS? Yeah. Dude’s knee was shredded & his career maybe in jeopardy at that moment & you’re bothered that he fumbled? C’mom dude. Be better. And that one fumble isn’t the reason they lost that game, let alone the reason they didn’t host the NFCCG.
    ___________

    You’re right that he shouldn’t blame Cook for fumbling. And the fumble didn’t lose the game, but it sure made it a lot harder to win the game. It gave Detroit a short field, allowing them to score a touchdown, and it gave them a lot of momentum. The team was shell-shocked by that torn ACL and didn’t recover from it during the game. There’s no excuse for losing to the Lions at home but I have no doubt they would have won that game if Cook had stayed healthy. This is why they have Cousins instead of Keenum this year, so you can win a game when the defense gives up 14 points.

  18. minneanderthals says:
    September 6, 2018 at 10:28 am

    He had 1 yard on 2 carries.

    minneanderthals says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    …he had 2 carries for 1 yard.
    ____________

    Packer fans sure put a lot of stock into the preseason. I guess Jamaal Williams must have won Preseason MVP since he dominated with 7 carries for 18 yards.

  19. Bluestree says:
    September 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Aaron Jones had better rushing stats than Dalvin Cook.
    _________

    Only in terms of yards per carry. That’s a stat. Not stats.

    And is this what you’re pinning your hopes on this season? That Aaron Jones is going to be better than Dalvin Cook all year? You should make a killing playing fantasy football this year, getting Aaron Jones in the 13th round while everyone else is wasting a second round pick on Cook. Don’t they know about the yards per carry?

  20. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    ….There’s no excuse for losing to the Lions at home but I have no doubt they would have won that game if Cook had stayed healthy…

    ———————–

    You’re right, there is no excuse, since the BEST team won! As they will again this season.

    Detroit 2, Minnesota 0 at the new U.S. Bank Stadium!!!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  21. I agree with Viking fans that Dalvin Cook is a good RB, how good remains to be seen over a few 16 game seasons before we start measuring him for a HOF jacket.

    But football remains the ultimate team sport so my question is, how many yards is he going to get running behind that truly offensive line the Vikings have? A realist will admit that he can’t do it on his own. And as Vikings fans know better than any other fans, what can go wrong usually will at the worst possible time. Maybe Cook can kick 26-yard FG’s, that will surely cement his legacy in the Twin Cities.

  22. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    The team was shell-shocked by that torn ACL and didn’t recover from it during the game. There’s no excuse for losing to the Lions at home but I have no doubt they would have won that game if Cook had stayed healthy.

    ++++++++

    Maybe if you had a better coach your favorite team wouldn’t be “shell-shocked” by an injury in an NFL game. Just sayin.

  23. packerLIES says:

    Maybe if you had a better coach your favorite team wouldn’t be “shell-shocked” by an injury in an NFL game. Just sayin.
    ####

    Our coach overcame losing his starting QB and RB to win the NFC North.

    Meanwhile, McFatty lost his starting QB and was shell shocked for the rest of the season.

    Thanks for playing… 😉

  24. Alan Light says:
    September 6, 2018 at 10:54 am
    We have 5 RBs that could start for most teams….Packers have 0…sad state of affairs in Cheeseland. The have Erin, tho….for now.
    ============================================================================================
    Thomas and Boone had some moments in the pre-season- and other times when they didn’t look that good. Ryan Nall of the Bears carried 32 times for 223 yards- an average of 7 yards per carry- and he’s on the Bears’ practice squad.

    Cook could start for most teams, Murray was 30th in YPC and could start for a few teams and he makes a good back-up. Ham is just a another fullback who wouldn’t start for anyone as an RB1. No one knows what Thomas and Boone will look like in a regular season game against actual starting defenses. To say that they have 5 RB’s who can start is wrong and ridiculous.

  25. Alan Light says:
    September 6, 2018 at 10:54 am
    We have 5 RBs that could start for most teams….Packers have 0…sad state of affairs in Cheeseland. The have Erin, tho….for now.
    /////////////////////////

    Who?

  26. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    Our coach overcame losing his starting QB and RB to win the NFC North.

    Meanwhile, McFatty lost his starting QB and was shell shocked for the rest of the season.

    Thanks for playing… 😉
    ///////////////

    “When debate is lost, stander becomes the tool of the loser.”

  27. stellarperformance says:
    September 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:26 pm
    Our coach overcame losing his starting QB and RB to win the NFC North.

    Meanwhile, McFatty lost his starting QB and was shell shocked for the rest of the season.

    Thanks for playing… 😉
    ///////////////

    “When debate is lost, stander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Leave it to a Cheesehead to quote Socrates and misspell the word slander.

  28. If Cook is back to 100% then great ~ But I would still like to see them work him into the offense slowly ~ 8 to 10 carries over the first 3 weeks ~ Then let this horse lose ~

    It’s not like they don’t have Murray who rushed for over 800 yards after his own slow start last year as he recovered from ankle surgery ~ He did most of his damage starting around week 5 and still came close to 1000 yard season ~

    They also have Boone ((( Roc will not be active ))) who showed well in the preseason ~ It should be fun to see him get some work with the first team offense ~ He started out college as a WR who turned RB ~ Catching ball will not be a problem for him ~ Come on Sunday ~

  29. Cook has been one part of the team we have not been able to see in preseason really. A couple carries isn’t enough information but ACL injury recoveries are much improved these days. I expect to see the old Dalvin Cook running and catching the ball.

  30. theyearofthecat1 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 6, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    ….There’s no excuse for losing to the Lions at home but I have no doubt they would have won that game if Cook had stayed healthy…

    ———————–

    You’re right, there is no excuse, since the BEST team won! As they will again this season.

    Detroit 2, Minnesota 0 at the new U.S. Bank Stadium!!!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

    Bahahaha do lions fans really think they’re the “better team”? This legit made me laugh hard enough to wake everyone in the house up. You won that one game, at a point when Minnesota was sorting this offense out with their 3rd qb and now losing their starting RB who was statistically a top 5 RB in the league at that point. Tip of the hat to the lions there, you won. But you can’t honestly look back on last season and say that the better team won that game or that the lions should win again? The better team happened to lose that game. Congrats to ya, glad you could win a game against a superior opponent, but you weren’t then and you aren’t now anywhere near the team the Vikings are…

  31. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    September 6, 2018 at 11:29 am
    Very quickly Heidi fans have to make it about the Packers. That’s what happens when you have to watch a neighbor win seven World Championships in the years since your team was conjured.

    **

    There was only one fan who made one comment about the Packers…However, there are 5-6 Packer fans who have commented on this article.

  32. Nice try, Robbie.

    The main difference is that Packers running backs aren’t complaining about preseason like it was some chore.

    Cook had two carries for 1 yard and is whining about how hard it was.

  33. I’ve seen three or four interviews with both Cook and Murray, who claim they want to be the best running back duo in the game. Multiple backs is coach Flip’s game, and Murray is underrated compared to the more electric Dalvin Cook. This is all good news to a QB and a passing attack that might be special. Excited to watch the Vikings play!!!

  34. See how easy it is to turn people answering questions into them complaining?

    Perhaps your fanbase could ease up on Rodgers?

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha No. You just can’t.

    So I won’t either.

    The Vikings are a bunch of whiners.

  35. minneanderthals says:
    September 7, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Nice try, Robbie.

    The main difference is that Packers running backs aren’t complaining about preseason like it was some chore.

    Cook had two carries for 1 yard and is whining about how hard it was.

    ***

    You made the same point two times in one article. Also, Where did you get the sense Cook was whining?

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