Grading every Minnesota Vikings position group from the 2020 season

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Running Backs

Dalvin Cook is the headliner of the Vikings running back group. He was the featured back when available, missing only two games this past season, and posting some excellent numbers in his fourth year as a pro.

Cook finished the 2020 season with the second-most rushing yards in the NFL, accumulating 1,557 yards on the ground to go with 16 touchdowns. The running back wasn’t only effective on the ground though, as he caught 44 passes for 361 yards and one touchdown.

The final yardage total for Cook is quite impressive, with him gaining 1,918 yards from scrimmage and scoring 17 touchdowns while showcasing his elusiveness, speed, and ability to pick up yards after contact.

Behind him, Alexander Mattison played a great role by picking up 4.5 yards per carry on 96 rushing attempts. Alexander proved himself to be capable of stepping in for Cook when needed during the 2020 season. Plus, Mike Boone looked stronger than ever and Ameer Abdullah was a shifty pass catcher out of the backfield.

As for fullbacks, C.J. Ham was good as a lead blocker and he was a great option in the passing game when defenses took away the mid-to-long range passes. He was also a sneaky option to run the ball out of the backfield.

2020 Grade: A-