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Vikings star Dalvin Cook wants to become 8th player to achieve this lofty goal

Dalvin Cook, Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is setting lofty goals for himself in 2020.

Cook told TMZ Sports he wants to attain 2,000 yards from scrimmage this upcoming season, a feat that has been accomplished just three times in the last two years.

“2,000 yards!” the Minnesota Vikings superstar told us out in NYC on Wednesday. “We could go like a 1,500 [rushing] and a 500 [receiving]. 1,500, 500. Or, 1,400, 600!”

The former Florida State star was close to reaching that plateau in 2019, rushing for 1,135 yards while also hauling in 53 receptions for 519 yards.

Cook finally established himself as one of the top running backs in the league after two injury-riddled seasons in which he struggled to gain a foothold in Minnesota’s backfield.

This season might serve as a proving ground for Cook. He will be a free agent next Spring barring a potential extension, and he might be out for blood if the Vikings elect not to extend him prior to the start of the regular season.

However, Cook has stated he wants to remain in Minnesota, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported back in January that the two sides were expected to begin talks on a potential extension, though there has been little news on that front in the past few months:

Cook was the lynchpin of Minnesota’s offensive success last year. The Vikings went 6-2 when Cook rushed for at least 70 yards, but they were just 4-4 when he failed to reach that mark.

The last Vikings back to go for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage was Adrian Peterson, who had 2,314 yards from scrimmage in 2012. Can Cook join Peterson in that exclusive club?