Dalvin Cook has chance to be ‘special’ for Vikings

The Minnesota second-rounder could offer the breakaway potential the team lacked from its running backs in the 2016 season.

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Dalvin Cook

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Dalvin Cook has chance to be ‘special’ for Vikings


  • After seeing running back Dalvin Cook on display this offseason, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer thinks he can be “special” for the purple.
  • Special play from the running back position would be a welcomed addition for a Minnesota offense that had just five runs of over 15 yards a year ago, which was last in the league.
  • Cook offers that missing big-play potential, generating 796 yards on runs of 15 or more yards his final season at Florida State.
  • Cook was unrivaled last season in his ability to break tackles, averaging 4.19 yards per carry after contact, while forcing 91 missed tackles on just 288 rushing attempts.
  • No Vikings runner averaged more than 2.05 yards per carry after contact a season ago, and the group as a whole forced just 36 missed tackles on 342 rushing attempts.

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Eric Eager joined Pro Football Focus in 2015. He is currently working on a number of analytics projects, primarily focused on the NFL.