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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Minnesota Vikings drafted a tremendous player last off-season when they selected Dalvin Cook out of Florida State University. Cook was an impact player from day 1 rushing for 354 yards in only four games of action. That’s why it was such a devastating blow for the Vikings when Cook tore his ACL. If the rookie stayed healthy there’s a good chance he could have contested Kareem Hunt for the league’s rushing title. Those talents would have been very beneficial against the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game as well. The good news is Latavius Murray had a chance to get some good momentum going in Cook’s absence. Murray rushed for 842 yards and 8 touchdowns last season proving he could still be a force on the ground. When you bring Dalvin Cook back from those medical setbacks he endured and then you combine his skill set with Latavius Murray’s. That’s when you realize just how dynamic this Vikings offense can be in 2018. Both of these running backs could be starters on other teams and instead they’ll share time in Minnesota. Expect to see a lot of rushing production in the Twin Cities this upcoming season because this is one of the most feared running back combos in all of the NFL. That makes the Vikings quarterback job a compelling offer and because of that Kirk Cousins could end up wearing purple next season. Why not go to a Super Bowl contender and allow Cook and Murray to take the pressure off of you? By handing the ball off Cousins can take less hits throughout his career which will actually extend his playing days. Cook and Murray will also cause those linebackers to gamble and sell out against the run. Which we know will open up more windows in the passing game. Cousins stats would improve because of that so expect Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray to be a big factor in the free agent quarterback’s decision.
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