New England Patriots Could Target Dalvin Cook Before Season

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The New England Patriots have a ton of work to do before they can be competitive again. They may have their next true franchise quarterback on board in Drake Maye, who was the No. 3 pick in April’s draft, but they have many holes to fill elsewhere throughout their roster.

Last season, veteran Ezekiel Elliott was a significant innings-eater at the running back position, but he ran back into the arms of the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. That leaves the Patriots with Rhamondre Stevenson as their starter at that position, and while he has been decent in his three pro seasons, he isn’t anything special.

There just happens to be a running back available on the open market who has accomplished quite a bit in recent seasons and could be had at a low price.

Dalvin Cook, a four-time Pro Bowler, remains unsigned with less than two months to go before training camp opens. Perhaps the Patriots would be the place for him to prove that he’s still got it.

“Yeah, you always have to be prepared for the opportunity,” Cook told Aaron Wilson of KPRC, an NBC affiliate in Houston. “For me, I’m a veteran in the league. I know what it takes to be successful in this league.”

“I’m still that guy. For me, I don’t like to toot my own horn. I just like to go out there, put my helmet on and line up on the grass,” Cook added.

Cook spent his first six NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and during that time, he emerged as a bona fide star.

For four straight seasons beginning in 2019, he ran for over 1,100 yards and scored a total of 43 rushing touchdowns during that time.

The Vikings cut him loose last offseason, and he signed with the New York Jets, giving them what looked like a dream team. But future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, their other big addition, tore his Achilles in Week 1, and everything fell apart right away.

Cook ended up getting just 67 carries, which he turned into a paltry 214 yards and zero touchdowns. New York ended up cutting him near the end of the regular season.

Cook will turn 29 years of age in August, so one should figure that he still has something left in the tank if healthy. If he were to sign with the Patriots, they would need to rely heavily on him, and that could just be the type of opportunity he needs to rehab his value across the league.

It will be interesting to see where Dalvin Cook ends up this offseason. He still has some gas left in the tank and a team like the New England Patriots would make perfect sense.

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