Cook carried 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Packers. He also caught three passes for an additional 37 yards.
Cook provided one of the highlights of the day when he burst up the middle and cut outside for a 75-yard touchdown run. He finished averaging 7.7 yards per carry and supplemented that production with an impactful performance as a pass catcher. Cook has been extremely productive through the first two weeks of the season, piling up 311 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns on 46 touches. He has been a true workhorse for the Vikings and fantasy owners alike, with next Sunday's home matchup against the Raiders presenting him with another opportunity to impress.
Cook carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against Atlanta. He also added two receptions for nine yards.
Cook capped off a busy performance with rushing touchdowns of 19 and seven yards. The Vikings jumped out to a quick lead -- they led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 21-0 at halftime -- which afforded Cook 23 total touches even given that his day ended halfway through the final quarter. It was certainly an encouraging start to the season for Cook, as he is the clear leader of the backfield for a team that won't hesitate to pound the ball on the ground. He'll look to keep both his volume and efficiency intact going forward in Week 2 at Green Bay.
Cook carried the ball twice but gained 88 yards and found the end zone in the team's third preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Cook only appeared on the team's first two offensive drives, but made a statement nonetheless. After having a four-yard rush negated by penalty to open the second series, Cook took another handoff and cut back through a large hole before outpacing the Cardinals' secondary for an 85-yard score. While it shouldn't be expected that Cook will see much more action prior to the regular season, he proved plenty explosive in his brief appearance.
Cook is warming up prior to Saturday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
The Vikings listed a number of players not expected to play Saturday and the third-year tailback wasn't one of them, so it seems likely Cook will get at least some playing time Saturday. How much remains to be seen, and it's possible the 2017 first-round pick could be removed earlier than the rest of his first-string teammates, who are expected to play at least a quarter during the preseason affair.
Cook is unlikely to play in Sunday's preseason matchup with the Seahawks, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tibune reports.
Krammer notes that Cook has a sweatshirt on under his jersey, which obviously isn't the type of attire one would wear in-game. It wouldn't be surprising to see Cook sit out the entirety of preseason to preserve his health for the games that matter.
Vikings assistant coach Gary Kubiak said he isn't sure if Cook will play in the preseason, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Kubiak said he still needs to discuss the matter with head coach Mike Zimmer, who primarily takes responsibility for the Minnesota defense. Cook has missed 17 games in two seasons, but he finished 2018 with a healthy, productive stretch that included 520 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in five December games. With Alexander Mattison, Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson (ankle) forming a less-than-stellar reserve group in the backfield, Cook is primed for heavy workloads early in the regular season.
Cook will be joined by third-round pick Alexander Mattison in the Minnesota backfield, Eric Smith of the team's official website reports.
The 2019 NFL Draft brought good news for Cook's fantasy value, as the Vikings used their first-round pick on center/guard Garrett Bradbury and then waited until No. 102 overall to draft a potential replacement for Latavius Murray (Saints). The team's shaky backup situation can be interpreted as a vote of confidence in Cook, who closed out last season with 520 scrimmage yards, 21 catches and three touchdowns in five December games. There may be some concern about the 221-pound Mattison stealing goal-line work, but Cook is locked in for heavy workloads if he can just stay healthy.
Cook rushed 11 times for 39 yards and brought in four of five targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' 24-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
The Vikings' offensive line couldn't successfully open up any running lanes against the notoriously stingy Bears front, leading to a sub-par outing on the ground for Cook. The second-year back had offered glimpses of his upside over the prior four games, rushing for between 73 and 136 in three of them and amassing 17 catches over that span as well. However, Sunday's 3.5 yards per carry harkened back to Cook's pedestrian production earlier in his injury-shortened season. Now having dealt with a torn ACL and a nagging hamstring issue over his first pair of pro campaigns, Cook will look forward to getting through the offseason healthy and preparing for a 2019 campaign that he should be able to enter at full strength.
Cook rushed 16 times for 73 yards and caught all three of his targets for 35 more in Sunday's 27-9 win over the Lions.
Cook came back down to earth after blitzing the Dolphins for 136 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in Week 15, but he still served as Minnesota's primary running back, with Latavius Murray gaining just 28 scrimmage yards on 11 touches to Cook's 108 yards on 19 touches. The Vikings will ride Cook with a playoff berth on the line in Week 17, but carving out running room won't be easy against the rival Bears.
Cook rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while hauling in one of two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Dolphins.
Cook got to the edge for a 13-yard rushing score in the first quarter and sliced through Miami's defense for a 21-yard touchdown in the fourth. Minnesota scored just 3:20 in and never relinquished that lead, which led to a run-heavy approach featuring 19 carries for Cook and 15 for Latavius Murray. A similar game script could well unfold in Week 16 against a Lions team that's been mired in a rut offensively, which is great news for owners who have managed to weather Cook's injury issues up to this point.
Cook rushed 13 times for 55 yards and caught five of seven targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks.
Cook saved the Vikings from being shut out by hauling in a six-yard touchdown on the team's final offensive play. That marked Cook's second receiving TD in the past three games, but he surprisingly still hasn't found the end zone on the ground. Although Minnesota's offense was ineffective for the vast majority of Monday's contest, Cook's 13 carries were his most since Week 1, offering some hope his workload increases for this Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.
Though Cook is back to full health after missing five games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, coach Mike Zimmer was unwilling to commit to the running back reclaiming a workload on par with what he received in 2017, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "We'll see. Every game is different," Zimmer said, in response to how extensively Cook would be used Sunday against the Seahawks. "Every game is different. This team plays a lot of extra guy in the box, so we'll just have to see."
Before his inaugural campaign came to an end after four games due to a torn ACL, Cook looked like one of the NFL's top backs while averaging 18.5 carries and four targets per contest. In his return from the major injury in Week 1 of the current season, Cook handled 22 touches (16 carries, six receptions), but he's logged no more than 17 in any of his other six appearances. The hamstring issue may have permanently put any plans to gradually expand Cook's workload on ice for the time being, even though he's suited up in the Vikings' last four games and has avoided any setbacks. Zimmer's comments don't inspire much confidence that Cook will dominate the backfield carries versus Seattle to an overwhelming extent, so expect Latavius Murray to remain a part of the game plan and earn a handful of totes, particularly in short-yardage scenarios.
Cook carried nine times for 84 yards and caught eight of 10 targets for an additional 22 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Patriots.
Cook fared well on the ground, averaging an impressive 9.3 yards per carry thanks to a long run of 32 yards. He didn't make it into double digits in carries as his team played from behind for most of the day, but he did record a new career high in receptions. Although Cook's 17 touches were his second-most of the season, he's still surpassed 10 carries just once and still hasn't recorded a rushing score. The second-year back will look to carry more of the load during next Monday's matchup with the Seahawks.
Cook carried 10 times for 29 yards and added 47 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in Sunday's 24-17 win over Green Bay.
This was a step in the right direction for Cook, who turned in an absolute dud against the Bears last week. Still, Cook's 2.9 yards-per-carry average against the 26th-ranked Green Bay rush defense down its best defensive lineman (Mike Daniels) was disappointing. Luckily for his fantasy managers, Cook was able to salvage the game with a shifty 26-yard catch and run for a score in the first quarter. Health issues have dampened Cook's production for most of this season, but the other fear some had heading into draft day of Latavius Murray (11 carries for 33 yards) cutting into the second-year back's touches has also come to fruition. The two will likely share work again in Week 13 against New England, though Cook ranks as the more appealing fantasy option of the two due to his big-play upside.
Cook played a career-high 59 snaps in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Bears.
Cook managed just 12 yards on nine carries and lost two yards on three receptions, coughing up a fumble along the way to solidify his hideous performance. The dud outing does at least come with a dose of good news, as the second-year back held a 59-6 snap advantage over Latavius Murray. The huge gap in playing time suggests better days are ahead, starting with a Week 12 home game against Green Bay on Sunday. The Packers rank 20th in yards allowed per carry (4.6) and 26th in rushing yards allowed per game (126.1), with only six teams giving up more rushing touchdowns (10).
Cook gained just 12 yards on nine carries Sunday against the Bears. He lost two yards on his three receptions and also lost a fumble in the 25-20 loss.
Cook had no room to operate against the Bears' stout run defense, turning in a performance that would hover around the zero-point mark in almost any format. The only positive for his fantasy owners is that the dynamic back exited the contest healthy. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo vouched for Cook's health earlier this week, so we should expect the 23-year-old to suit up in an important matchup against the Packers on Sunday.
Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Thursday that Cook will be a "full go" in practices moving forward, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
While Cook could occasionally receive an occasional maintenance day for select practices during the second half of the season, DeFilippo's comments suggest the Vikings no longer have any concerns about the hamstring issues that sidelined the second-year running back for five of the team's first nine games. Cook was impressive in his return to action in the Week 9 win over the Lions, accruing 109 yards from scrimmage -- 70 of which came on a second-quarter scamper -- on 14 touches while logging 28 offensive snaps. With the benefit of a Week 10 bye, Cook should gain an even larger snap share in Sunday's divisional showdown with the Bears, resulting in less work for Latavius Murray.
Cook (hamstring) rushed 10 times for 89 yards and caught all four of his targets for 20 more in Sunday's 24-9 win over the Lions.
The majority of Cook's yardage came on a 70-yard run in the second quarter, but he got tackled on the five-yard line. Prior to that, Cook watched fellow running back Latavius Murray score from one yard out in the first quarter. Minnesota unsurprisingly eased Cook back in, giving both him and Murray 10 carries apiece in the second-year running back's first action since Week 4. Expect the workload distribution to skew much more heavily in Cook's favor coming out of the team's Week 10 bye.
Cook (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Passing a pregame warmup was the final hurdle for Cook to get past before gaining clearance for his first action since Week 3. After missing five of his last six contests, he isn't expected to play more than 15-to-20 offensive snaps, making it difficult to forecast his carry count. Cook will otherwise yield the remaining work out of the backfield to Latavius Murray.
Cook (hamstring) remains listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions but appears likely to play, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Krammer's report essentially matches what Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com relayed Friday, with the Vikings likely to ease Cook back from a four-game absence with around 15 to 20 offensive snaps. Cook's return won't be confirmed until he completes pregame warmups without a setback, so expect another update on his status to come approximately 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. EST kickoff, when the Vikings release their inactive list. Latavius Murray is still expected to handle the bulk of the touches and snaps out of the backfield, but his fantasy ceiling would be lower if Cook is available for a handful of plays.
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