5 early winners from the Minnesota Vikings 2021 offseason

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook
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Dalvin Cook – RB

As stated previously, the Vikings made some potential improvements to their offensive line this offseason. Not only will this benefit quarterback Kirk Cousins as he aims to lead his team on a postseason run, but it might give Dalvin Cook additional space to work moving forward.

Cook enjoyed a phenomenal 2020 campaign that further enhanced his claims as a truly elite running back. The former Florida State sensation was absolutely relentless out of the backfield on his way to some career-high numbers and his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

The player shouldered plenty of responsibility during the previous campaign with 312 carries and 356 combined touches. Considering this came from just 14 games, it might not be the smartest move for Cook to continue with this workload considering his problems staying healthy at times.

However, there is every chance the Vikings can maximize Cook’s production with better linemen plowing the road. Expecting 1,557 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in 2021 might be pushing it, but having him throughout a 17-game schedule and the postseason is arguably more important.

Cook is still the focal point despite the emergence of Justin Jefferson and the improved production of Cousins after Minnesota’s bye week. A young, hungry, and aggressive offensive line might see the player take his game to even greater heights next time around if everything clicks into place.