Vikings' Cook Excelling in All Areas

September 25, 2017 07:04 PM

Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook accounted for 169 total yards and scored his first NFL touchdown on Sunday, but the thing he really wanted to talk about on Monday was a blitz pick-up against five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

"That was my play of the game right there," McCoy said with a smile at Winter Park. "I got to block Gerald. Pass pro(tection) is all about will and wanting to get it done. I just wanted to keep Case up and wanted him to throw the football."

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Keeping the quarterback upright isn't always a strong suit for rookie running backs, but Cook has shown he can handle all aspects of the game. Through his first three NFL games, Cook has rushed for 288 yards on 61 carries (4.7 ypc) and caught 10 passes for 82 yards. His 370 yards from scrimmage ranks 3rd in the NFL and he's making defenders miss downfield.

"We got to beat the second level. The o-line does their job up front of getting a push and getting us to the next level. We gotta beat one man."

The Vikings offense finished with 494 total yards against the Buccaneers and Cook credits quarterback Case Keenum.

"I just love the way Case comes in the huddle - brings that energy. He carries himself like a true born leader."

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