Why Dalvin Cook is primed to explode for the Vikings in 2019

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
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He will come into 2019 completely healthy

Frustrations mounted among the Vikings’ fan base when Cook got off to a slow start last season after recovering from his torn ACL.

The same group of fans that saw Peterson limp to 83 yards per game and just two touchdowns in his first six games of 2012 before going bonkers, began to label Cook a bust as he couldn’t recover from his hamstring injury quickly and it wasn’t until late in the season when we saw the real Dalvin Cook.

Coming into the 2019 season, Cook won’t have the restrictions he had while recovering from a major injury and he should be able to get a full offseason of reps. With the additional chance he’ll get more action in the preseason, it’s unlikely Cook will have the same rust that he had a year ago and he should be a more explosive player right out of the gate.

Many will still point to the hamstring injury as a big concern of Cook’s durability moving forward, but hamstring injuries are actually common for athletes recovering from a torn ACL. All Cook has to do to shed that injury-prone label is stay on the field and with a full offseason to prepare, he has a great chance to do just that.