Since the departure of Adrian Peterson from Minnesota, the Vikings have done what they felt is necessary to replace the future Hall of Fame running back. During the offseason, Latavius Murray signed with the team after leaving Oakland and the organization drafted Dalvin Cook out of Florida State. The pair join third-year veteran Jerick McKinnon in a position battle to take charge of the backfield.
As training camp is about to begin, an interesting turn of events has taken place. Minnesota has placed Murray on the Physically Unable to Perform list and he will stay there heading into the beginning of training camp.
One's a rookie.
The other's a free agent pickup.
— NFL (@NFL) July 25, 2017
This now opens the door of opportunity for Cook and the highly-touted rookie from FSU is expected to now take over the reigns of the backfield. He will receive the majority of the reps with the first-team and should run away with the starting role. Head coach Mike Zimmer is intrigued by Cook’s abilities, which will play to Cook’s advantage leading into training camp.
It is obviously Minnesota’s plan to use both backs, when Murray is healthy enough.
Cook will look to translate his high level production, including catching the ball, from college to the grand stage of the NFL. With Murray on the shelf for a little longer, Cook has the chance to showcase his skills to land the starting job week one.