It appears Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is on track to be a full participant when the team opens training camp in July, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Cook, who tore his ACL in Week 4 of his rookie season last year, has been participating in some on-field drills since the Vikings began their voluntary workouts on April 16.
The Vikings took Cook in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Florida State and he had a superb start to his NFL career, rushing for 354 yards on 74 carries (4.8-yard average) to go with two rushing touchdowns, while also catching 11 passes for 90 yards.
Minnesota advanced to last season’s NFC Championship game, relying on the services of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon at running back. Cook had assumed the starting role to open the year over Murray, who’s set to enter the second year of a three-year deal. McKinnon signed with the 49ers this offseason.
“When I first got hurt, I told [Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman], ‘I’m going to attack this thing 100 percent,’ ” Cook said, via Tomasson. “And the staff we’ve got around me, the people they put around me, there was no chance that I wasn’t going to come back.”
Tomasson notes that the departure of McKinnon likely means the Vikings will add depth at the position through the draft. Mack Brown is currently the only other running back on the roster outside of Cook and Murray.
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