Hard work and study laid the foundation for Dalvin Cook’s breakout year

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook quietly and steadily compiled 218 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, in a 28-10 win over the Giants. And that’s fitting, because he quietly and steadily has become one of the best running backs in the game.

Cook told PFT by phone after the victory that his breakout year comes from understanding the type of work he needed to do in the offseason to prepare himself for the week-to-week physical grind of the regular season. Cook suffered a non-contact torn ACL in Week Four of his rookie season; last year, a variety of injuries kept him from making a major impact, with five games missed and only 133 carries for the year.

The former Florida State standout also said that he carefully researched the team’s new running game in the offseason, realizing that it is very similar to the running game Jimbo Fisher used in Tallahassee. Cook knew that the one-cut-and-go style fit with his skills; every time he turns upfield and explodes through a hole, it’s obvious that he’s a perfect match for that style of offense.

This year, Cook already has 92 carries (18.4 per game) for 542 yards, and he’s averaging nearly six yards with every attempt. He also has caught 21 passes, gaining another 200 yards. He’s on pace for more than 2,300 yards from scrimmage.

Although it’s still not clear whether the Vikings can effectively move the ball through the air on the days when Cook is bottled up, he likely won’t be bottled up often. The challenge for the Vikings will be to win as many of those games as possible — and hope that they continue to happen at least 80 percent of the time.

15 responses to “Hard work and study laid the foundation for Dalvin Cook’s breakout year

  1. The more you see, the more you realize the Vikings were right to design their offense around Cook’s skills. They have great weapons at wide receiver but they tried throwing the ball all the time last year and it didn’t work out. Yesterday showed how successful they can be with a balanced offense that uses Cook in both the running and passing game, while getting the ball to the wide receivers at the same time. It could be it’s just taking a while to get the whole thing figured out. I’d like to see the tight ends involved more in the passing game, but maybe that’s still to come.

  2. @packerlies

    Too bad Rodgers didn’t put some time in to learn his new offense.

    The Packers only paid him $80 MILLION last year, so maybe Aaron didn’t feel he could devote the time.

  3. He’s a product of zero holding calls on his runs. The Vikings clearly get special treatment. If they got called for their blatant holding, Cook would be the 40th best running back in the league instead of the 10th.

  4. thefiesty1 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Don’t get too excited. It was against the Giants defense!

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    154 yards rushing and 37 receiving yards. That’s 191 all purpose yards against that vaunted packer defense!

  5. flviking says:
    October 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    thefiesty1 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Don’t get too excited. It was against the Giants defense!

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    154 yards rushing and 37 receiving yards. That’s 191 all purpose yards against that vaunted packer defense!

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    And the Vikings still lost.

  6. lawrenceofalabia says:
    October 7, 2019 at 11:00 pm
    flviking says:
    October 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    thefiesty1 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Don’t get too excited. It was against the Giants defense!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    154 yards rushing and 37 receiving yards. That’s 191 all purpose yards against that vaunted packer defense!

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    And the Vikings still lost.
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    The Vikings took over the game after the 1st quarter, A missed Field goal and horrible pass on 1st and goal was helped by 2 no calls on Delay of games (PROVEN)
    plus a hand full of Ref friendly no calls on holding and DPIs.that are a norm at Lambeau. Minnesota won’t have that 1st quarter when we meet in Minnesota. Personally beating the bears is one thing but Minnesota has YOUR number this year. I am not worried a bit.. see you then.

  7. lawrenceofalabia says:
    October 7, 2019 at 11:00 pm
    flviking says:
    October 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm
    thefiesty1 says:
    October 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm
    Don’t get too excited. It was against the Giants defense!

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    154 yards rushing and 37 receiving yards. That’s 191 all purpose yards against that vaunted packer defense!

    —————————————————————-

    And the Vikings still lost.

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    The subject matter was Cooks 218 all purpose yards against the Giants. The troll said “but it was against the Giants” Try to follow along there sparky.

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