6 most surprising Vikings of the 2019 season so far
By Nik Edlund
Dalvin Cook – RB
A lot of Minnesota’s fans expected Dalvin Cook to be good this season, but no one expected him to be this good.
Cook was simply the Vikings offense during the first handful of games this year. Minnesota offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski got so used to just handing the ball off to Cook and having it work, that the offense actually became lopsided and run-heavy.
The guy is crazy to watch and he plays at a level that is just above everyone else on the field. So it’s hard to blame Stefanski for giving him so many touches.
Cook has a rare blend of vision, power, and top-end speed. Sometimes when watching him run it looks like he’s in fast forward. He can often turn what looks like a loss into a good-sized gain and it only takes the smallest crease for him to shoot through, turn on the jets, and be gone.
There was some concern about his injury history heading into the year, but Cook has proven to be durable this so far season.
He’s carried the ball 108 times for 583 yards, caught 23 passes for 213 yards, and found the end zone six times already. If Cook can keep playing at this surprisingly high level, he should get some MVP consideration at the end of the season.