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.”