Can Cook reach 2,000 all-purpose yards?
So what does this all mean for 2020? First, we’ll assume that the contract situation doesn’t get as ugly as Melvin Gordon’s did in Los Angeles last fall. Also, we’ll take into consideration that Dalvin Cook remains healthy because injuries are nearly impossible to predict even for a player with his injury history.
If the two off the field things fall in Cook’s favor, the situation could play out in the same fashion that Derrick Henry‘s contract year played out with the Tennessee Titans.
With no holdout or extracurricular circumstances standing in his path, Henry was handed the ball 303 times last season and wound up leading the NFL in rushing with 1,540 yards while also helping lead the Titans to the AFC Championship. That still didn’t secure his future in Tennessee as the Titans are rumored to let him walk and find a possible replacement in the draft.
As Alexander Mattison looms as a possible heir apparent, that could make a beneficial situation for both parties. The Vikings could ride the wheels until they fall off (which at age 25 seems unlikely for Cook) and if he stays on the field long enough, 2,000 all-purpose yards is within reach.