Vikings’ Dalvin Cook hopes injuries are in past, 1,000-yard seasons in future

Vikes’ Cook ready to break out in 2019

Dalvin Cook

In the category of young running backs primed for a breakout season, we present for your consideration Dalvin Cook.

Indeed, in the third year man out of Florida State, the Minnesota Vikings have what many scouts consider a talented runner with top-10 potential, who can dart away from linebackers and outrun the speediest safeties with the best of them. Several 1,000-yard seasons, they agree, are in his future.

His problem through his first two seasons has been injuries.

He was off to a solid start in his rookie campaign of 2017, racking up 354 yards running (with a 4.8 yards-per-carry average) and another 90 receiving through three-plus games before tearing his ACL in a Week 5 loss to the Detroit Lions. Following a lengthy rehab, he returned in 2018 but this time it was a balky hamstring that limited his productivity and playing time. Still his numbers in 11 games – 615 yards rushing, 305 receiving and a 4.6 yards per carry average – were again solid.

So now, the objective for Cook in 2019 is to stay healthy. Toward that end, he’s making an extra effort to be in the best shape of his career, as proven by video on social media showing him putting in monster workouts in sand on a beach. The fact that he’s now two years removed from the ACL should also help.

Cook can be seen in action Sunday, Aug. 18, when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks in a preseason game airing on Fox.

Full name: Dalvin James Cook

Birth date: Aug. 10, 1995

Birthplace: Opa Locka, Fla.

Height/weight: 5 feet, 10 inches/210 pounds

Teams: Minnesota Vikings (2017-present)

College: Florida State

Draft: Selected in the second round (41st overall) by the Vikings in 2017

Position: Running back

No.: 11

Honors and achievements: First Team All-American and All-ACC (2015, 2016); Second Team All-ACC (2014); USA Today High School All-American (2013); career numbers are 969 yards rushing (a 4.7 yards/carry average) with four touchdowns, 395 yards receiving with two touchdowns

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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