|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 6|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 210 lb.|
|Born:||August 10, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 2 (41)|
Cook reported to training camp Tuesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per Cronin, Cook arrived early in the day to get his first COVID-19 test. The running back will then presumably participate in the team's virtual meetings in the afternoon. Though Cook reported to camp on time, his contract issues have not been resolved, with Chad Graff of The Athletic noting that it remains unclear "how involved Cook will be in the actual on-field part of training camp if he remains without a new deal."
Cooks' agent, Zac Hiller, refuted a report indicating that Cook told running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu he was planning to report to training camp Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Saturday has been a mess of miscommunication between Cook and the team through the media, which started with coach Mike Zimmer saying in the morning that Cook told him he would be reporting to camp Tuesday, which Hiller refuted later in the day. Another report indicated Cook relayed said information to Polamalu instead of Zimmer, which Hiller also said did not happen. Cook previously indicated he would hold out until he receives a "reasonable" extension, but Saturday's back and forth has been an unexpected curveball with training camp on the horizon. We'll find out Tuesday if Cook plans to follow through on the holdout.
Cook told running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu he plans to report to training camp Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Zimmer said earlier Saturday that Cook told him he would report to camp on time, but Cook's agent, Zac Hiller, refuted that information from Zimmer in the day. The 25-year-old apparently had a similar conversation with his position coach, who then talked to Zimmer. Cook previously said he wouldn't report until he receives a "reasonable" extension, but the holdout penalties under the new CBA are much harsher than the previous agreement. Regardless of Saturday's "he said, he said" situation, things should receive some clarity soon with the Vikings only a couple days from the start of camp.
Cook's agent, Zac Hiller, said that Cook did not tell head coach Mike Zimmer that he would report to training camp on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Zimmer told the Minnesota media earlier on Saturday that Cook told him he would not hold out and report on time when Minnesota's training camp beings Tuesday. Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, in which he would play under a $1.3 million salary if not extended, Cook previously said he would hold out until he receives a "reasonable" extension. We'll have to see if Cook reports on Tuesday or if he plans to hold out.
Cook told Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer that he will report for the start of training camp on Tuesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, in which he would play under a $1.3 million salary if not extended, Cook previously said he would hold out until he receives a "reasonable" extension. It's not clear if he received a contract offer or had a change of heart. Either way, it looks far more likely he'll be on a regular schedule for Week 1.
Cook announced Monday that he intends to exercise a holdout from team activities until he receives a "reasonable" extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, in which he would play under a $1.3 million salary if not extended, it's not surprising to see Cook make use of what leverage he has and hold out from all team-related activities. Schefter reports that the Pro Bowler "will not be showing up for camp or beyond" until the Vikings offer him an extension, a hint that Cook could tentatively carry his holdout into the regular season should it come to that. The 24-year-old was one of the premier ballcarriers in the league through 14 regular-season contests last season, accruing 1,135 yards on 250 carries (4.5 YPC), in addition to 13 touchdowns. He also showcased top notch receiving abilities, hauling in 53 passes for 519 yards. Behind Cook, Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone stand atop Minneapolis' depth chart.
Cook will participate in the Vikings' voluntary offseason program, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Entering the final year of his rookie contract, Cook presumably hopes to sign a long-term deal before Week 1. His participation in the virtual offseason program suggests his relationship with the team remains good, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'd be willing to put his body at risk in actual practices without the security of a new contract. With little hint as to when NFL teams might be able to practice, the Vikings probably won't feel too rushed to complete a deal.
Cook could be in line for an extension later this offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Following a breakout 2019 campaign, Cook is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract. The recent track record of RB contract extensions involves a lot of regret on the part of the teams that re-signed those players, but Cook does have age (24) and limited workloads pre-2019 working in his favor. Of course, injuries were largely to blame for his modest volume through two seasons, with a torn ACL in 2017 followed by a lingering hamstring injury in 2018. Even his breakout season involved a shoulder injury that cost him two and a half games in December, though Cook returned for the playoffs and scored a pair of touchdowns in a wild-card win over New Orleans. General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings usually wait until after the draft to begin discussing contract extensions.
Cook carried the ball nine times for only 18 yards and caught six of eight targets for eight yards in Saturday's 27-10 loss to the 49ers in the NFC divisional round.
Analysis: The third-year running back saw his season end with a whimper after he carried the Vikings into the divisional round with a huge performance last weekend against the Saints. Cook stayed mostly healthy in 2019 and proved he can be a three-down bell cow, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 TDs through 14 games while adding 53 catches on 63 targets for an additional 519 yards. Alexander Mattison could grow into a more prominent role next season if the Vikings make an effort to keep Cook from breaking down as he did in his first two NFL campaigns, but he still figures to see a significant workload as long as he can stay on the field.
Cook (shoulder) carried 28 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Saints. He also caught three of five targets for 36 additional yards in the 26-20 win.
Analysis: Making his return after recovering from a shoulder injury, Cook managed a meager 3.4 yards per carry against one of the league's best run defenses but nearly reached the 100-yard mark through sheer volume. He scored a five-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and added a one-yard score in the third. Cook was also quite effective as a receiver, finishing second on the team in receiving yards and third in targets. He should be instrumental in the gameplan for next Saturday's road matchup with the 49ers.
Cook (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.
Analysis: As did Alexander Mattison (ankle), with Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com noting that the duo took their usual first and second-team reps at practice Wednesday, which sets the stage for the Vikings' top two backs (Cook and Mattison, in that order) to return to action for Sunday's playoff opener against the Saints.
Cook (shoulder) said Wednesday that he will be at full strength for Sunday's playoff game in New Orleans, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Cook made similar comments Tuesday, downplaying any concern about his late-season absence extending into the playoffs. The Vikings will release their first injury report of the week Wednesday afternoon.
Cook (shoulder) said Tuesday, "I've been putting the time in and I feel good" after sitting out the last two games, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old went through warmup drills prior to the Week 17 loss to the Bears, so it's not a major surprise he's still expressing optimism a couple days later. Cook will receive an official update Wednesday when the Vikings release their first injury report of the week, but for now their star running back appears on track to retake the field Sunday at New Orleans.
Cook (shoulder), who is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Bears, is planning to return from a two-game absence for the Vikings' wild-card matchup next weekend, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Cook has only been able to practice on a limited basis since injuring his shoulder in the second half of the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Chargers, but he may have pushed harder to play in the regular-season finale if Minnesota had playoff positioning at stake. Instead, since the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed regardless of how Week 17 action plays out, Cook will benefit from some additional time to rest his shoulder. Graff notes that Cook was still taking part in warmup drills Sunday despite being inactive, an early sign that he'll be ready to handle a full workload by the time the postseason arrives.
Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Chicago, with the expectation he'll return for the wild-card round of the playoffs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Fellow running back Alexander Mattison (ankle) is listed as questionable, and he doesn't figure to get many touches even if he's active, considering Minnesota doesn't have an opportunity to rise above the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah are the best bets to take snaps in the backfield, while Cook finishes his breakout regular season with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 14 games. The Vikings will face the Saints, Packers, Seahawks or 49ers in the first round of the playoffs.
Cook (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Cook maintained his listing on the Vikings' practice report from Wednesday, when the team submitted an estimate since the team only held a walk-through due to the holiday. After not practicing in any fashion before being ruled out ahead of Monday's loss to the Packers, Cook looks to be in a better place health-wise than he was a week ago, but that doesn't mean he'll suit up in the regular-season finale against the Bears this weekend. With the Vikings locked into the No. 6 seed for the postseason, the team has little incentive to potentially expose Cook to further injury in a meaningless Week 17 contest.
Cook (chest) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-though session.
Analysis: Since the Vikings didn't hold a traditional practice on account of the Christmas Day holiday and the quick turnaround from a Monday night loss to the Packers, Cook's "limited" listing is merely an estimate for his activity. As such, it's difficult at this stage to gauge Cook's chances of playing Week 17 versus the Bears, though the fact that the Vikings are locked in as the NFC's No. 6 seed in the playoffs could prompt the team to err on the side of caution and hold him out Sunday.
Cook (chest) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Minnesota will be without its starting running back for a vital divisional matchup in Week 16 with Cook unable to go due to his chest injury. Schefter adds that Alexander Mattison (ankle) is questionable, meaning that Mike Boone should be in line for an elevated role against the Packers.
Cook (chest) wasn't spotted at practice Saturday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: We'll circle back on his status once the Vikings' final injury report of the week is revealed, but Cook is expected to be out Monday night against the Packers. Meanwhile, Alexander Mattison was seen testing things out with his ankle during individual drills Saturday, but he's still looking iffy for Week 16 action. If both Cook and Mattison can't play Monday, Mike Boone would be in line to head Minnesota's rushing attack against Green Bay.
Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) both are absent from Friday's practice, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Most signs point to Mike Boone handling the lead role Monday against Green Bay, though the Vikings haven't ruled out the possibility of Cook and/or Mattison playing. A Thursday report from ESPN's Adam Schefter suggested the Vikings were leaning toward shutting Cook down for the next two weeks, hoping to get him healthy before the playoffs. On the other hand, Cook did say he'll go through his normal routine of team meetings and work with the training staff, preparing as if there's at least some chance for a Week 16 appearance. Back-to-back absences from practices suggest he's worse than 50/50 to play.
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