Dalvin Cook: You have to do things a little smarter in 17-game season

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Vikings running back Dalvin Cook missed the last week of the 2020 season after the death of his father and that meant he didn’t get a shot at hitting 2,000 scrimmage yards for the first time in his career.

Cook finished with 1,918 yards on the year and he will get an extra game in 2021 to try to hit that milestone. He’ll have to stay healthy to do it and Cook discussed how he’s approaching the 17-game season when he spoke to reporters from the team’s facility on Wednesday.

“It’s hitting the weight room a little bit harder,” Cook said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “It’s doing the little things a little more. . . . It’s a longer season for everybody, so you have to do things a little smarter, you got to train a little harder. I think that’s going to be the key: Who takes care of their body the best. I’ve been setting myself up pretty good and putting good people around me to take care of my body.”

The Vikings signed Cook to a five-year extension last September, so they think he’s a good bet to keep producing the way he did last season. Using this offseason’s work to reach new statistical heights would be a great way to kick off the new deal.

9 responses to “Dalvin Cook: You have to do things a little smarter in 17-game season

  1. He is looking to have the best statistical season of his career much like Brett Favre did when he was with the Vikings.

  2. Seriously? It’s one more game, and if you have Super Bowl aspirations, it shouldn’t even be a thought…because there are more than one game to get to the big dance.

  3. The Chiefs are getting used to playing 20 games a season. I’d like the Vikings to get used to that as well. Yep, I’d like that.

  4. Being old, I remember when getting 1,000 yards in a 12 game season was a big deal. These guys staying healthy enough to gain 2,000 is pretty incredible, even now when the season is extended to 17 games.

  5. And he didn’t whine and complain when the Vikings did not give him heads up about drafting Mattison…

  6. I think the team needs to be smarter in how they handle Cook, too. Last year they gave him way too many carries, especially for a team that was having a losing season. History shows that running backs that get a huge number of carries one year often get hurt or are ineffective the next year. Let’s spell him with Mattison more often, throw him more passes, and emphasize more of the passing game with Jefferson, Thielen, and Smith.

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