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Dalvin Cook feels like he’s finally back to himself

Mike Florio and Chris Simms look at the teams that landed the most primetime games in 2019, including the Vikings and Bears.

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook seemed to be on track for a stellar season in 2017, until a non-contact torn ACL ended his rookie campaign. He’s now feeling like he’s ready to roll, again.

I’m getting back to how I used to feel,” Cook said this week, via Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “My confidence [is] out the roof. I feel great. I’ve had a great offseason.”

Cook had 444 yards from scrimmage through four starts as a rookie, before suffering the injury that sidelined him until 2018. Last year, chronic hamstring problems held Cook to 615 rushing yards and 305 receiving yards, in 11 regular-season games. He had only one 100-yard rushing performance.

Cook thinks he can do much more this year.

“I feel like the ceiling is real high for me,” Cook said. “Everything I want is still in front of me. Everything I can do is still in front of me. I’m capable of doing a lot of things. I still haven’t scratched the surface yet.”

To get there, the key will be to stay healthy. Cook has yet to prove he can do that. For running backs, it’s a critical component of the player’s overall game.