Ryan Cook Stays In Purple

Is this even worthy of a blog post? Well when you look at our offensive line since Bryant McKinnie has been released, I suppose.

Ryan Cook has re-signed with the Vikings. Cook’s tenure with the Vikings is best remembered for two reasons. First of all was Brad Childress reaching for the University of New Mexico center in the 2nd round in 2006 (which was the pick acquired in the Daunte Culpepper trade) when he was widely expected to be drafted anywhere from round 4 through 6. The other would be Childress moving Cook from center to right tackle in 2007 where he struggled mightily drawing way too many penalties and not opening enough holes for Adrian Peterson.

But before we criticize Cook too much he does offer versatility. He can play anywhere on the offensive line and is a good teammate. Vikings fans also felt last year that when John Sullivan went down to injury that Cook was the better center of the two. And with the current status of our offensive line bringing anything to the table (with the exception of McKinnie’s leftovers… provided there are any) makes you an asset.

Jon Merckle may be followed on Twitter @thevikingpig

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