James Cook switches to his brother Dalvin’s number, 4

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Bills running back James Cook spent his rookie year wearing No. 28. For his second season, he’ll be wearing a different number.

Via CBSSports.com, the Bills announced on Friday that James Cook will wear No. 4.

That’s the same number his older brother, Dalvin, currently wears in Minnesota.

Dalvin wore No. 33 for the Vikings from 2017 through 2021. When the NFL changed the rules to expand the availability of single-digit numbers two years ago, players like Cook could change numbers immediately only if they bought out the existing inventory of jerseys bearing their current numbers.

It would have cost $1.5 million. So Dalvin Cook waited until 2022.

With Devin Singletary leaving in free agency, James Cook has a chance to compete for the starting job in Buffalo. The Bills added former Patriots running back Damien Harris in free agency. Nyheim Hines is also on the roster.

James Cook had 507 rushing yards in 16 games as a rookie. He averaged an eye-opening 5.7 yards per attempt.

6 responses to “James Cook switches to his brother Dalvin’s number, 4

  1. “Don’t listen to those people who think you’re coming here. RB1 is mine here, bro.”

  2. He’s the best running back on their roster and they under-played him immensely. Poor coaching decisions with game day personnel. The Bills are on the down slope currently, they might finish 3rd in the AFC east this upcoming season.

  3. Buffalo Bills, listen to Jim Kelly and get yourselves another Thurman Thomas. Trade up to get Bijan Robinson. This running back will be the whole deal. Only teams ahead in the draft to take this guy are Tampa and San Diego. Get ahead and give Josh Allen what he needs.

  4. Hopefully James can run like Dalvin, because Allen is the only option on third and 2, and he’s getting killed.

  5. Unless the OC actually wants to run the ball it won’t matter who they have back there. Cook is talented , so was singletary, so is Harris … none of them get enough opportunities

  6. Legend has it that Delicate Dalvin missed 6 weeks just from switching his number.

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