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EAGAN Irv Smith Jersey Mens , Minn. —rtance of running back Dalvin Cook to the Minnesota Vikings, so the coach is taking the cautious approach to Cook’s workload during the preseason.The advantage is two-fold: Cook stays fresh and injury-free, while the Vikings get a long look at a quartet of players who are trying to seize a vital spot as Cook’s backup this season.More Vikings coveragePreview: Cook, Vikings look to keep rolling vs. PackersTop Tweets: Vikings prepare for Packers with TMNT hype videoBarr, seasoned Vikings defense off to strong startNew offense, same Rodgers: Vikings prep for LaFleur’s PackersVikings re-sign center Jones, waive rookie TE DillonAmeer Abdullah is the veteran of the group, entering just his fifth NFL season. The Vikings drafted Alexander Mattison in the third round this year, and Mike Boone has been a preseason standout. The fourth option, De’Angelo Henderson, signed on July 24 after being waived by the New York Jets.“I think the key with Matt and Abdulllah and those guys, they’ve got to have a role on the football team,” offensive adviser and assistant head coach Gary Kubiak said.“When Dalvin steps out of the game or takes his break Irv Smith Jersey nfl draft , we have to continue to go. We can’t be, ‘OK, let’s survive till Dalvin gets back.’ We keep going forward.”Zimmer, who was mum on whether Cook would play Sunday against Seattle, and Kubiak had reason to be encouraged with the performance in the first preseason game last week at New Orleans. The team rushed for 213 yards, a single-game total the Vikings topped only once last season.Boone had four carries for 70 yards, including a late 64-yard touchdown run. Abdullah ran the ball four times for 63 yards, including a 42-yard run. Henderson added seven rushes for 42 yards. Then there was Mattison, who had nine carries for 30 yards and caught a touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins as the first-team offense scored on its only possession.“I’ll try to say this the correct way,” Zimmer said, before pausing. “I think Mattison has got a really bright future. I think the other two guys can help in change-of-pace situations. … I think we feel like they all can run, they’re all smart enough to run the offense and things like that, but it will come down to third downs and those areas.”Abdullah doubles as the top option on the current depth chart as the kickoff and punt returner. Mattison was drafted out of Boise State after he was second in the FBS in carries last season and rushed for 1 Everson Griffen Jersey ,415 yards and 17 touchdowns.“I’m not the person to ever be satisfied, so I know there’s a lot more, way more that I could be on top of,” Mattison said of learning the playbook. “But I’m definitely starting to get comfortable with the base stuff and starting to branch out into different things. Just trying to work at it every day.”The four players will look to fill a role as the complement to Cook and replace Latavius Murray, who signed with New Orleans after rushing for 578 yards and six touchdowns while starting six games last season.Cook ran for 615 yards and two touchdowns with a 4.6-yard average. He added 40 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns. But he also missed five games with a hamstring injury, after his rookie year in 2017 was cut short by an ACL tear.Zimmer hasn’t been shy about voicing his desire to run the ball more, after Minnesota ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing last season. The Vikings averaged 93.3 yards per game and were 27th in the league in attempts.“They’re not all going to be explosive runs, but the idea of sticking with it and having that mindset that we’re going to pop one of these in there eventually,” Zimmer said. On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings released their second injury report of the week, and all they had to do was change the date on it.That’s because nobody’s status changed from Thursday to Friday as far as practice participation is concerned. Let’s review what that report was.Did not participate: WR Chad Beebe (hamstring), LB Eric Kendricks (rib), TE David Morgan (knee) Anthony Barr Jersey , CB Trae Waynes (concussion)Limited participation: WR Stefon Diggs (knee)Full participation: G Mike Remmers (low back), CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), WR Brandon Zylstra (foot)Waynes and Kendricks both missed their second consecutive practice, which means that they need to call Kenny Loggins, because they’re in the danger zone. At least as far as playing on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks, anyway. However, head coach Mike Zimmer seems to be optimistic about their chances of playing.I would have to think that’s a little trickier for Waynes, given the nature of concussions, than it would be for Kendricks. As we pointed out on the initial injury report from yesterday, this is Waynes’ second concussion of the year, so the odds of him playing on Monday wouldn’t seem to be that good. We’ll have to see how things shake out after Saturday’s practice, when I assume that Waynes will have another chance to clear concussion protocol.

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