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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 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

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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

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-round RB Dalvin Cook has impressed his teammates during camp.

"The first thing the veteran players I’ve talked to about him say is, ‘This guy gets it,'" Zimmer said. "They see him out there on the field with the other guys, and it’s like, ‘There’s something different about this guy, the way he runs, accelerates, the creases he can get to.’" It is high praise from a group accustomed to watching Adrian Peterson practice, and it suggests the team is happy to let the rookie lead the backfield this year, a reality which becomes more likely with each practice Latavius Murray (ankle) misses. Perhaps headed for a workhorse role, Cook is a good upside pick in the fifth round.
Source: MMQB
Aug 1 - 12:58 PM

Vikings second-round RB Dalvin Cook worked as the first-team running back at the start of camp.

Cook was the first-team back by default with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon still nursing injuries, though there's a good chance he would have worked with the starters even if they were healthy. The second-round rookie impressed at the Vikings' first practice session, drawing praise from OC Pat Shurmur. "You see him do a lot of things really well, and if he does make a mistake, he's able to correct it and move on," he said. "I think he's going to have a bright future." Right now Cook is being drafted behind the likes of fellow rookies Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Joe Mixon, making him a relative bargain in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Former Vikings reporter Matt Vensel speculated earlier this offseason that Cook could be in line for up to 300 touches.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 10:28 AM

Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer is campaigning coach Mike Zimmer to allow him to use rookie Dalvin Cook on kick returns.

One of the best STs coaches in the league, Priefer admitted he's not holding his breath that Zimmer will allow it. Cook is in the mix, if not the favorite, to be the Vikings' No. 1 running back, which would surely mean he won't be on returns. Minnesota is looking for a replacement for Pro Bowl returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Rookie WR Rodney Adams is considered the lead man for the job.
Jul 18 - 9:17 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wouldn't rule out the possibility of second-round RB Dalvin Cook seeing 300 touches as a rookie.

After viewing Cook at OTAs and minicamp, Vensel praised the 21-year-old's speed and versatility, particularly in the passing game. In Vensel's eyes, Cook has a chance to become an every-down back if he can earn the Vikings' trust in pass protection. Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon will be in the mix, but Cook is clearly the lead dog in Minnesota's three-man backfield.
Jul 16 - 10:46 AM

Latavius Murray admitted rookie Dalvin Cook is ahead of him in the Vikings’ running back competition.

"Dalvin's already been through OTAs, he's been through the offseason. So, he has that up on me," Murray said. Murray missed the entire spring recovering from surgery and is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp. The missed time makes Cook the favorite to start Week 1. The Minneapolis Star Tribune expects Murray to open the season as the Vikings’ short-yardage back.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 2:30 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Case Keenum
3Teddy Bridgewater
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Dalvin Cook
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Michael Floyd
3Jarius Wright
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Stacy Coley
4Rodney Adams
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Blake Bell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
3Aviante Collins
LG1Nick Easton
C1Pat Elflein
RG1Joe Berger
2Danny Isidora
RT1Mike Remmers
K1Kai Forbath