7 eye-popping statistics about Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

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Stat No. 1

"Since Dalvin Cook entered the NFL in 2017, he has averaged more rushing yards per game than Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Le’Veon Bell, Joe Mixon, Melvin Gordon, Marlon Mack, Aaron Jones, Kerryon Johnson, Phillip Lindsay, Kareem Hunt, and Mark Ingram."

The exact number is 72.6 rushing yards per game. This equates to 1,162 rushing yards per season. And, that’s just the rushing. Cook does a substantial chunk of his damage via pass-catching as well.

In 2019, he averaged 31.5 receiving yards per game. This ranked second in the NFL (minimum 10 games played) of all running backs behind McCaffrey–who was targeted 142 times by Carolina Panthers quarterbacks (a league record for running backs).

In yards per carry, Cook sits at 4.6 for his career. Compared to other notable running backs in the first three seasons of their respective careers, this outpaces Emmitt Smith, Edgerrin James, LaDanian Tomlinson, Shaun Alexander, Tony Dorsett, Thurman Thomas, Steven Jackson, Ricky Watters, Roger Craig, Todd Gurley, Larry Csonka, and hundreds of others.