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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook says he’s ‘healthy’ and ‘ready to be me’ in 2019

Dalvin Cook, Vikings, Chiefs

It’s all systems go for Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook in 2019.

Cook told the St. Paul Pioneer Press‘ Chris Tomasson (via Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio) he’s “healthy” and “able to be me” on June 13.

I’m healthy. I was able to be me [during the offseason program], fly around and be Dalvin. That’s why it went smooth. Now, I’m back having fun.

The system is set up for us to be great, and we’ve got to be great. The system is set up for us. We’ve got to take care of business. We’re going to see in a couple of months.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer agreed with Cook. The former told Tomasson, “I think Cook has had a really, really good spring. (Vikings assistant head coach and offensive advisor) Gary (Kubiak) and I were talking about him (Thursday) morning. He looks really, really good.”

Cook got off to a fast start during his rookie campaign in 2017. He ran for more than 400 yards from scrimmage in his first four games. Unfortunately, a non-contact ACL tear forced him to sit out the rest of the season, per Florio.

The following year, Cook suited up in just 11 games for Minnesota because of a nagging hamstring injury. As a result, he ran for only 615 yards in the 2018 NFL season.

The Vikings’ current depth chart at running back includes Cook, Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone, Roc Thomas, and Alexander Mattison. A healthy Dalvin Cook should have a solid chance of locking up the starting running back spot in 2019.

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