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Strong start: Dalvin Cook already impressing with Vikings

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Former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook already is making a name for himself with the Minnesota Vikings.

After the first day of the Vikings’ rookie minicamp Friday, coach Mike Zimmer praised Cook.

“He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,” Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “(He’s) a good kid; seems smart in the blitz pickup drill they had down there.”

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Cook, at one time considered a potential top-10 pick, fell to the second round in the recent 2017 NFL draft because of off-field concerns. Still, he could be the long-term replacement for Adrian Peterson, whom the Vikings chose not to re-sign this offseason.

The Vikings also signed Latavius Murray from the Oakland Raiders this offseason to compete for the starting running back job going into this season.

“That’s not my ultimate goal,” Cook said about starting this season. “My ultimate goal is to find my role, just come in and contribute to the team anywhere possible and help the team win.”

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