Vikings Dalvin Cook says he is ready for San Francisco 49ers

Dalvin Cook’s first game back was a blink and you missed it preseason moment against the Seattle Seahawks. He carried the ball twice for one yard which doesn’t seem like a lot , but when you’ve been out for a full year with a torn ACL, it tells you that you are ready for the first regular season game.Cook spoke with the Pioneer Press about his return. “I got it out of the way and now it’s time for me to hone in on what we’re doing as an offense. My knee is fine. It’s ready to go. I’m ready to play.”His emotions are all over the place right now as expected but he is trying his hardest to keep them in check. “You can get overly excited, and that’s when the mind goes racing with all types of things.” For Cook he knows that staying focused on football and the San Francisco 49ers is priority number one.As far as his workload? Cook knows that he is not ready to jump in head first and be the primary running back. He knows he needs to ease his knee into it and shake off any remaining rust that he may have. But this is where he’ll get by with a little help from his friends. “We know once the ball gets into anybody’s hands in the backfield, something can happen.” Sharing the primary load with Cook will be Latavius Murray, but don’t be surprised if John DeFilippo will bring in Mike Boone or Roc Thomas to help. “Whoever touches the ball, we know we can get an explosive play out of any of the guys in our running back room. Whoever (offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) gives the ball to, we’re all excited for that.”Minnesota Vikings roster update Well, it’s approaching one of the biggest days in the NFL offseason. Cutdown day. The day a huge number of players are told to see “The Turk.”But, like most teams, the Vikings got a bit of their cutdown work done yesterday, so here’s the full list of players that will be looking for work with the rest of today’s cuts:With fourteen players gone, that leaves 23 cuts to come. Here’s the updated look at the MN roster:QB: Cousins, Siemian, SloterRB: Cook, Murray, Boone, Ham, Brown, ThomasWR: Diggs, Thielen, Treadwell, Wright, Coley, Zylstra, Badet, BeebeTE: Rudolph, Morgan, Bell, Conklin, HoppesOL: Reiff, Collins, Compton, Andrews, Jones, Edison, Elflein, Remmers, Isidora, Gossett, Hill, O’Neill, NortonDL: Hunter, Robison Cheap Ben Gedeon Jersey , Wynn, Joseph, Johnson, Parry, Cothran, Richardson, Odenigbo, Holmes, Griffen, Weatherly, BowerLB: Barr, Dooley, Kendricks, Brothers, Downs, Gedeon, Wilson, CliettCB: Waynes, Newman, Hughes, Richardson, Rhodes, Alexander, Sherels, Hill, JamesS: Smith, Sendejo, Iloka, Harris, Kearse, Tocho, MatthewsST: Quigley, Carlson, McDermottHere are what I’m considering to be my “easy cuts” tomorrow:Mack Brown, Roc Thomas (possible IR), Stacy Coley (possible IR), Jeff Badet, Chad Beebe, Blake Bell, Tyler Hoppes, Colby Gossett, Storm Norton, Jonathan Wynn Sheldon Richardson Jersey , David Parry, Curtis Cothran, Garret Dooley, Devante Downs, Horace Richardson, Craig James, Jack Tocho, Tray MatthewsWith those eighteen cuts, that leaves five tough choices to make:Four or five linebackers: If the Vikings keep just four linebackers, add Cliett to the cut list. If Cliett is kept on to play special teams, I’d imagine it’d be close to the end for Jayron Kearse (especially if those cryptic tweets from his Twitter feed are anything to go by).Five or six wide receivers: I truly believe there’s a good chance the Vikings only keep five wide receivers this season. If they do, I’d imagine, especially from what has come out from training camp and preseason, that the five wide receivers would be Diggs, Thielen, Treadwell, Wright, and Zylstra. If that number jumps to six, add Chad Beebe’s name into the mix because he’s the only other wide receiver still on the roster that managed to impress in any way, shape or form. The WR count could also come down to what happens with Stacy Coley and whether he’s slid onto IR as a way to stash him for the year.Nine, ten or eleven offensive linemen: I truly have no idea how many offensive linemen the Vikings will keep. Of the 13 I have listed, I only put Colby Gossett and Storm Norton into the “fairly certain they’ll be cut” pile (though I think Gossett will land on the practice squad). That would leave eleven offensive linemen, and that’s a near-guarantee to be cut. I would imagine Josh Andrews is the next cut from the remaining eleven, leaving ten. That being said, Pat Elflein could start the season on the PUP list. A lot of what the Vikings decide to do will depend on who they have starting at center to begin the season (probably not Elf even if he doesn’t stay on the PUP list) and who is starting at guard. Keep an eye on these cuts and who might be added to the group if/when the Vikings make a trade.Eight, nine or ten defensive linemen: This will be the real position to watch tomorrow. Whoever ends up cut from this group, more than any other position on our team, could very well find themselves on a different team’s 53-man roster within the next few days. The top four starters are locked in, and because he’s here for one last ride, I think B-Rob hangs around. If we’re talking eight DL, that leaves three sports, which absolutely would be filled by Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes, and Tashawn Bower. The most likely number of players the Vikings will keep (in my mind) on the defensive line is nine, which means the final roster spot could very well come down to Stephen Weatherly and Ifeadi Odenigbo. Odenigbo has the versatility that Weatherly doesn’t, but Weatherly forced this to become a tough competition when he balled out in the preseason. While I do like Odenigbo, I think he could be the odd man out, though I’m sure the Vikings would love to add him to their practice squad if at all possible.So there’s your roster update everyone! As I said, there are 23 more cuts to come tomorrow, so keep a close eye on the front page of the Daily Norseman, because the cuts will be flying left and right!
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