Cook told vikings.com's Gabe Henderson that his main goals for the upcoming season are to win a Super Bowl and play in every game.
Analysis: Team success and durability are the clear areas for improvement, with Cook now safely established as one of the best running backs in the NFL. His 2020 average of 111.2 rushing yards per game prorates to 1,890 over a 17-game campaign, so there's potential for a 2,000-yard season if Cook can avoid multiple absences for the first time in his career. He'll turn 26 in August, and will be playing in an offense that looks much the same as last season, albeit with first-round pick Christian Darrisaw replacing Riley Reiff (Bengals) at left tackle.
Jul 5, 2021 1:02 PM EST
Cook (personal) won't play Sunday against the Lions, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Pelissero notes that the running back has returned home to Miami to be with his family following the tragic loss of his father, James, who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday.
Dec 30, 2020 9:17 AM EST
Due to an unexpected family emergency, Cook had to return to Miami and is slated to be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: We'll await official confirmation from the team, but at this stage it looks like the Vikings' Week 17 backfield will be led by some combo of Alexander Mattison (if he's cleared from a concussion), Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone.
Dec 30, 2020 8:24 AM EST
Cook rushed 15 times for 73 yards and a touchdown and secured both targets for 12 yards in the Vikings' 52-33 loss to the Saints on Friday. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by the offense.
Analysis: The Vikings were constantly in trail mode throughout the afternoon, and while the deficit wasn't always untenable, it was enough to eventually force the Vikings to go more pass heavy than ideal. Cook still churned out an efficient performance against yet another tough run defense after having averaged 5.1 yards per rush against the Buccaneers and Bears the previous two games. The third-year pro was also significantly outshined by Saints counterpart Alvin Kamara, who tied an NFL record with six touchdowns. Cook now boasts a career-high 1,557 rush yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on the season, marks he'll look to build on in Minnesota's regular-season finale against the vulnerable Lions in Week 17.
Dec 25, 2020 5:07 PM EST
Cook rushed 24 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and secured all five targets for 27 yards in the Vikings' 33-27 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: Facing a defense that had stymied him to the tune of a season-low 3.2 yards per carry the first time he saw them in 2020, Cook frequently ran uninhibited throughout the afternoon despite a game-long run of a relatively modest 20 yards. Cook had just overcome another difficult matchup in Week 14 against the Buccaneers' typically impenetrable run defense, so Sunday was merely another example of his transcendent talent. Cook now has four 100-yard efforts in his last five games alone, particularly timely contributions for fantasy managers at their most critical time of year. The fourth-year pro will look to keep up his hot streak while taking on another challenging task in the form of the Saints on Christmas Day.
Dec 20, 2020 1:17 PM EST
Cook rushed 22 times for 102 yards and a touchdown and secured two of four targets for eight yards in the Vikings' 26-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Cook's long run of the day went for a modest 14 yards, but he continued to chip away with multiple productive runs against one of the stingiest run defenses in the league to eventually notch his seventh 100-yard effort of the campaign, including his second straight. The fourth-year pro's workload was modest compared to his season-high 32-carry tally in Week 13 versus the Jaguars, as game script limited his opportunities late. Nevertheless, Cook delivered for many fantasy managers in the first round of their playoffs, and he'll look to keep it going in a Week 15 battle versus the Bears.
Dec 13, 2020 1:57 PM EST
Cook rushed 32 times for 120 yards and caught six of nine targets for another 59 in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Cook was bottled up on the ground for much of the day and finished with fewer than 4.0 yards per carry for the third time in four games after topping that mark in six of his first seven this season. Despite that limited effectiveness, Cook reached triple digits in rushing yards for the sixth time, as his season high in carries included eight in overtime with Minnesota plowing deep into Jacksonville territory before winning it with a short field goal. Cook's ability to contribute as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield should keep him a mainstay in lineups despite a Week 14 matchup with a stout Buccaneers front that's allowing just 74.2 rushing yards per game.
Dec 6, 2020 2:02 PM EST
Cook (ankle) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Analysis: The Vikings capped Cook's reps in their first two practices of the week, but that was mainly for maintenance purposes after he had suffered a minor ankle tweak in last week's win over the Panthers. After allowing him to return to full activity Friday, Cook completed the session no worse for the wear, eliminating any concern about his status heading into the weekend. The 25-year-old should once again be in store for a bell-cow role Sunday, taking on a Jaguars defense that has allowed 4.5 yards per carry and 14 rushing touchdowns in 11 games this season.
Dec 4, 2020 12:06 PM EST
Cook (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Though Cook's reps were capped for the second day in a row, the fact that he has been able to log some activity in both of the Vikings' Week 13 practices seemingly puts him on a path to play Sunday against the Jaguars. Assuming Cook attains clearance for the weekend, he'll likely be in store for another 20-plus-touch outing versus a Jacksonville defense that has surrendered 136.2 yards per game on the ground this season, the fourth-worst mark in the NFL.
Dec 3, 2020 12:34 PM EST
Cook (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Cook missed a brief spell with an ankle injury this past Sunday against the Panthers, but he still notched 82 yards from scrimmage on 22 touches. While it was only a modest performance for the fourth-year running back, he told Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Wednesday that he's "feeling good" and "ready to roll." Clearly, the Vikings decided to cap Cooks reps to begin Week 13 prep, but he'll have two more chances to prove his health before Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.
Dec 2, 2020 1:16 PM EST
Cook, who tweaked his ankle during Week 12 action, is "feeling good" and says he's "ready to roll" in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: We'll have to see if the running back is limited at all in practice Wednesday, but if he isn't it looks safe to assume that he'll continue to see plenty of volume this weekend. Ten games into his 2020 campaign, Cook is averaging 21.9 carries for 113 yards, to go along with 13 rushing TDs, while adding 29 catches for 255 yards and another score in that span.
Dec 2, 2020 9:22 AM EST
Cook rushed 18 times for 61 yards and secured all four targets for 21 yards in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Analysis: The star back had a premium matchup on paper versus the Panthers' porous run defense, but he had a long run of just 14 yards and gained a sparse 47 yards on his other 17 carries. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Cook also exited the game for a brief time in the second half with an ankle injury, although he ultimately returned after just a handful of plays. Cook's costly third-quarter fumble also put Minnesota behind at the time and marked the third time he lost a loose ball this season. The Pro Bowler will look to bounce back with more prolific production in a Week 13 home battle against the one-win Jaguars.
Nov 29, 2020 2:18 PM EST
Cook carried the ball 27 times for 115 yards and a touchdown and caught all five of his targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: His incredible run of production continues. Since the Vikings' Week 7 bye, Cook has amassed 750 combined yards and seven total TDs in four games, and he's topped 100 scrimmage yards in six of his last seven starts. Derrick Henry nudged ahead of him Sunday in the race for the league rushing title, but Cook will look to reclaim the lead in Week 12's tilt against the Panthers.
Nov 22, 2020 6:46 PM EST
Cook rushed 30 times for 96 yards and caught all four of his targets for 16 yards in Monday night's 19-13 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Cook was smothered by a swarming Chicago defense for the majority of Monday's game, but finally broke off some longer runs with opposing lineman Akiem Hicks sidelined during the fourth quarter. With the Vikings protecting a late lead, they also turned to Cook to bleed the block, enabling him to match his season high with 30 carries. Overall, that volume along with his four receptions helped Cook top 100 yards from scrimmage once again, salvaging production despite not scoring for the first time this season. After that tough matchup, Cook should now look forward to Week 11's game against a Cowboys defense that's allowed the second-most rushing yards per game thus far.
Nov 16, 2020 8:22 PM EST
Cook rushed the ball 22 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Lions. He added two receptions for 46 yards.
Analysis: Cook dominated once again and played a key role in the team's second consecutive win. He found the end zone on the team's first drive of the game from five yards away, and capped his effort with a 70-yard rumble to secure the victory for the Vikings early in the fourth quarter. In between, he logged explosive plays of 29, 17, and 14 yards -- two of which came as a receiver. In two games since returning from a groin injury, Cook has racked up 369 rushing yards, 109 receiving yards and six total touchdowns. He'll look to continue his dominance in Week 10 against a stiff Bears run defense.
Nov 8, 2020 2:02 PM EST
Cook carried the ball 30 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns and caught two of three targets for 63 yards and a TD in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Packers.
Analysis: After missing Week 6's game with a groin strain, Cook was able to fully recover over the Vikings' bye and accounted for all the team's scoring in a win at Lambeau Field. His biggest play of the afternoon was the one that sealed the victory, as the running back took a screen pass from Kirk Cousins late in the third quarter and navigated through the Green Bay defense for a 50-yard score, Cook's fourth TD of the day. He now has 10 rushing touchdowns, and 11 TDs in total, through six games, and he figures to pad those numbers further in Week 9 against a Lions defense that just allowed three scores to Colts running backs, plus a short rushing TD by a tight end.
Nov 1, 2020 2:02 PM EST
Cook (groin) is listed as active Sunday at Green Bay, Chris Carso of the Vikings' official site reports.
Analysis: Cook last took the field Week 5, when he sustained a groin injury that sidelined him for the Vikings' Week 6 loss to the Falcons. With the benefit of a bye week, though, he managed an LP/LP/FP practice regimen in advance of this game, earning a questionable designation. Now officially cleared to return, Cook will take on a Packers defense that arguably held him to his worst performance of the season back in the season opener (13 touches, 48 yards from scrimmage, two touchdowns).
Nov 1, 2020 8:35 AM EST
Cook (groin) is expected to play Sunday against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 25-year-old received the questionable tag after working as a full practice participant Friday, so it's not a major surprise he's on track to play Sunday. Cook missed the Week 6 matchup with Atlanta but appears good to go coming out of Minnesota's bye week. Coach Mike Zimmer previously said he believes Cook can handle his usual workload, and there's been nothing to indicate that outlook has changed.
Oct 31, 2020 8:53 PM EST
Cook (groin) was a full participant in Friday's practice, and "all signs point to him playing" in Sunday's game against the Packers, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: The Vikings initially listed Cook without a game designation before updating their final injury report to mark the star running back as questionable. It sounds like he'd be 'probable' if that were still an option, but cautious fantasy managers may still want to check in on the situation when Minnesota releases its inactive list at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET on Sunday. Coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks Cook should be fine to handle his usual workload.
Oct 30, 2020 1:24 PM EST
The Vikings have updated their final injury report to list Cook (groin) as questionable for Sunday's game in Green Bay.
Analysis: The team initially left Cook off the injury report but then deemed him questionable shortly thereafter. However, multiple Minnesota beat writers have said Cook is expected to play, a sentiment echoed by coach Mike Zimmer when he said the running back should be ready for his normal workload come Sunday. Even so, fantasy managers may want to check back Sunday morning when the Vikings release their inactive list at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET.
Oct 30, 2020 11:19 AM EST
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