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Dalvin Cook | Running Back | #33

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/10/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 2 (41) / MIN
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Dalvin Cook's operation to repair his torn left ACL took place on Oct. 9.
Eight days elapsed between Cook's injury and operation, a normal timeline that suggests he didn't have much peripheral damage. Barring setbacks, the 22-year-old running back should be ready in plenty of time for next season's opener. Oct 10 - 3:26 PM

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Dalvin Cook tore his ACL Week 4 and is done for the season.

Zimmer added there is a "little bit of cartilage" damage in Cook's knee and there could be some damage to the meniscus as well. It is a terrible blow for a player who was on his way to a great rookie season. Cook should be able to return in time for training camp next year, but the Vikings likely will take it easy on their franchise back throughout the offseason program. With Cook out for the year, Latavius Murray should step into a featured role with Jerick McKinnon as the change-of-pace option.
Oct 2 - 12:07 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said the team fears Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in Week 4.

Massive bummer. Cook will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the damage. As soon as the injury happened, it looked to be serious. The ACL tear would obviously end the rookie's season. In his absence on Sunday, the Vikings turned to free-agent pickup Latavius Murray as their lead back. It's a huge downgrade for the offense as a whole, as Cook offers three-down ability, while Murray is more of a two-down grinder. Jerick McKinnon figures to see more action on pass downs, but he suffered an ankle injury in the Week 4 loss.
Oct 1 - 4:40 PM

Dalvin Cook exited Week 4 against the Lions with a knee injury.

This did not look good. Cook tried to make a cut to his right and his knee buckled. Cook immediately dropped the ball to grab at his knee, resulting in a lost fumble. Cook lied on the turf for a few moments with his hands on his head before eventually getting up and walking to the locker room. He appeared to know something serious was wrong. Prior to leaving, Cook rushed 13 times for 66 yards and one touchdown. We'll have an update soon.
Oct 1 - 2:53 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed 27 times for 97 yards and a touchdown and caught 5-of-5 targets for 72 yards

Cook was a usage monster in this one, struggling early to gain chunk yardage on the ground but ultimately wearing down an undermanned Bucs defense with volume. Cook has also been a consistent receiving weapon with ten receptions through three games. He will be a high-floor, high-ceiling RB1 play in Week 4 versus Detroit.
Sep 24 - 4:21 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed 12 times for 64 yards in the Vikings' Week 2 loss to the Steelers.

He added two catches for no gain. Cook was wrapped up and contained to just three yards in the first half, but he broke off a 25-yard run in the third quarter. It was initially ruled Cook scored a touchdown on the play, but officials reviewed it and determined Cook was stopped inside the one. FB C.J. Ham got his first career carry on the next play and scored the touchdown. With Sam Bradford (knee) expected back next week at home against the Bucs, Cook should have more room to operate. His volume isn't in question, making Cook a strong RB2.
Sep 17 - 4:38 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said the team plans to keep using Dalvin Cook as their workhorse back.

When asked if Cook can expect a big workload every week, Shurmur replied, "Yeah, he's a good player." Coming off 137 total yards on 25 touches in Week 1, Cook faces a tougher test this week in Pittsburgh, but his workload and talent will keep him in the low-end RB1 conversation all season.
Sep 14 - 12:29 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed 22 times for 127 yards in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Saints.

He added three catches for 10 yards on five targets. The two missed connections were drops by Cook. His night got off to a sluggish start, failing to gain anything on his first three runs and dropping a pass in between, but the new Vikings' offensive line started creating holes and Cook nearly busted some massive gains. His longest tote of the night was a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter to seal the 10-point win. Cook played 51-of-65 snaps on offense, with Jerick McKinnon getting in on 11 and Latavius Murray seeing three plays. Cook has a stranglehold on workhorse duties but gets a tough draw on the road at Pittsburgh in Week 2.
Sep 11 - 10:22 PM

Dalvin Cook is officially listed as the Vikings' starting running back.

Latavius Murray barely practiced this summer, leaving an opening for second-rounder Cook. He burst through it, turning 23 preseason touches into 105 yards. Cook continually impressed in practice. He opens the year as an RB2 with RB1 upside.
Sep 5 - 2:06 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed five times for 17 yards and lost five yards on his lone reception in the Vikings' third preseason game.

Cook remained the Vikings' lead back against San Francisco, but Latavius Murray was finally active and involved this week. Murray managed 16 yards on four touches, however, and did nothing to suggest he's more than a minor threat to Cook's early-season workload. The Vikings open the season against the Saints in two weeks. Cook is on track for low-end RB1 fantasy value.
Aug 27 - 11:43 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed seven times for 40 yards in Friday's second preseason game against the Seahawks.

He also caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards. In a little over one half of football this preseason, Cook has touched the ball 17 times. With Jerick McKinnon back for the exhibition, it was notable that Cook was the starter and played every snap with the ones before McKinnon came on late in the first half. The starting job is Cook's to lose, and he's done anything but that this summer. Cook's ADP is skyrocketing by the hour. He's now going in the third round of drafts.
Aug 18 - 11:51 PM

Second-round RB Dalvin Cook has impressed as a receiver at Vikings camp.

Cook was green as a receiver early on at Florida State but improved steadily throughout his career, recording 33 catches for 488 yards as a junior in 2016. The rookie has already shown chemistry with Sam Bradford, catching four balls in Minnesota's preseason opener. "I think he’s going to be a valuable asset, not only in the run game, but I think we’re going to be able to utilize him in the pass game," said Bradford. Cook has yet to lock up the starting job but holds a comfortable lead over Latavius Murray.
Aug 11 - 3:11 PM

Dalvin Cook rushed five times for 13 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 30 yards in the Vikings' preseason opener.

With Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon idle, Cook operated as the Vikings’ every-down back with the first-team offense. Cook was employed as a true bellcow, staying in for pass-protection situations and staying on with the Case Keenum group, even after Sam Bradford rested. Cook is trending toward a true feature back in Minnesota and should be approached as an upside RB2 pick.
Aug 10 - 8:06 PM

Dalvin Cook is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Vikings' initial depth chart of preseason.

Latavius Murray was just recently activated from camp/PUP, so this isn't surprising. On the depth chart released Monday, Cook is ahead of No. 2 back Jerick McKinnon, followed by Bishop Sankey and "Terrell Newby" on the third team. Whenever Murray gets healthy and fully incorporated into the offense, he remains likely to serve a niche role with Cook handling lead-back work.
Aug 7 - 4:23 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur sang second-round rookie Dalvin Cook's praises for his ability in pass protection.

Being competent in pass protection at running back is the quickest way to playing time in today's NFL. Coming from a pro-style offense in college, Cook gets it. "He's got a great background in it," Shurmur said. "He has a really great foundation coming from Florida State, so he understands the big picture, he understands our terminology as to who we’re blocking and he really has a good feel for the game. I don’t see any elements of running back play that he can’t be very good at, and pass protection is one of them." Cook is on the fast path to three-down duties in Minnesota. He's taking full control of the job with Latavius Murray still sidelined.
Aug 4 - 9:25 AM