As NFL training camps are wrapping up and teams are headed to their final preseason warmups, things start to sort themselves out. And, it’s apparent in Minnesota that the starting running back job is former FSU rookie Dalvin Cook’s to have and hold onto.
Cook, you may remember, was bypassed by numerous teams in need of running back help in the second part of the first round and the top of the second round of last April’s draft. That served as not only as a bit of a wakeup call for him, but a motivator, as well.
And the all time leading rusher at Florida State, has taken that motivation, worked hard so far, and is in position to be the Vikings main running back when the season begins September 10th.
Observe last night’s second preseason game in Seattle, where Cook and Co. were able to successfully run the ball against arguably the premier defense in the NFL year in and an year out, the Seahawks.
Starting to Cook! 👨🍳 pic.twitter.com/okZBxttboA
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 19, 2017
That was one of three first half runs of at least nine yards by Cook, as he displayed the vision and burst that made him famous for the Noles over the last three years. Cook had 39 yards on his first six carries against Seattle’s starters Friday night in the Pacific Northwest. While that’s not a stat line to nominate you for the Pro Bowl just yet, it’s certainly very encouraging.
It’s also well known that the Vikings signed free agent Latavius Murray from the Raiders prior to drafting Cook, but he’s battled off season injury. And, Cook is the faster/big play threat with the ball, as Murray is more of a between the tackles “bruiser back.”
This doesn’t mean that when Murray is fully healthy, he won’t get some of the carries and particular on the goal line and short yardage.
But what, we already have seen is the promise and potential for explosive plays that mean Dalvin Cook is going to get the shot to be the every down back in Minnesota for 2017.