7 eye-popping statistics about Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
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Stat No. 5

"Dalvin Cook has averaged more yards per touch than LaDanian Tomlinson did in his first 3 three seasons."

From 2001 to 2003, Tomlinson averaged 4.87 yards per touch while Cook has averaged 5.38 yards per touch from 2017 to 2019.

Skeptics might say this is not a large variance, but that is false. Spread over 300 touches in a season, this difference calculates to over 150 yards. One might also wonder if Tomlinson got his fair share of touches during the infancy of his career and the truth is yes, he did. In his first three seasons, he led the NFL in touches.

For a football fan, it is self-evident that Tomlinson eventually achieved countless accolades throughout his career. This yards per touch differential is not to say Cook is a better football player than the Hall-of-Fame running back. Rather this statistic is crucial because it is indicative of the potential Cook holds.

Within the same or similar offense, there is no reason to believe the yards per touch of the Minnesota running back would arbitrarily diminish at this juncture of his career.