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Vikings coaching staff wants to give Dalvin Cook more carries

Dalvin Cook, Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has taken on a modest role since his return from injury. However, that could change down the final stretch of the 2018 NFL season.

Head coach Mike Zimmer was adamant about getting Cook more carries throughout the week. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, offensive coordinator Joh DeFilippo doubled down on Zimmer’s comments:

“Yes, we would like to see him carry the ball more,” DeFilippo said Friday. “Absolutely.”

This is not the first time Minnesota has attempted to establish a strong running game. Unfortunately, Cook’s uncertain health early on prevented them from doing so.

As a result, the Vikings have largely relied on a pass-heavy approach. However, it is clear they are looking to switch things up following their loss to the New England Patriots.

Minnesota decided to rely on the passing game against New England despite their efficiency on the ground. Cook registered 84 yards on just nine carries. Meanwhile, Cousins threw 44 times for 201 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.

The lack of balance in their offense clearly worked in the Patriots favor as they managed to hold them to just 10 points.

Cook has certainly shown flashes of promise as a potential workhorse. When healthy, he is one of the most exciting, young backs in the league. However, it seems the Vikings have been hesitant to give him a heavier workload due to his track record with injuries.

Regardless, that could very well change down the final stretch of the 2018 campaign. Minnesota will need to be much more consistent on offense if they hope to finish the job from last season.