EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN.-- Stepping on the field for the first time as a Viking signifies a new chapter for Dalvin Cook in more ways than one.
"I like the different look on me," Cook said. "I wore number four my whole life so I was looking forward to a change."
Changing jersey numbers from four to 33 seems like putting the past behind him. A past that caused Cook to slip in the NFL draft but didn’t cause an extra chip on his shoulder.
"I’m just here to play football," Cook said. "I’m happy to be here. It’s a great organization, and I’m just happy to be on this team. I’m just going to work hard. I’m motivated because I’m on this team. I’m motivated to help this team win games. So, that’s it."
It also helps that Cook has already found a mentor in another former Florida State star Xavier Rhodes.
"I know he’s a great person," Cook said. "I can learn, first off, how to be a pro, how to approach the game, on and off the field. He’s good in the community. He’s good with people. He balls when he’s on the field. I can learn everything from every aspect of the game. I talk to him a lot."
What has the coaches talking though: a great first impression on the field.
"He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "(He’s) a good kid, seems smart in the blitz pickup drill they had down there."
"He's a great player," Vikings running back CJ Ham said. "We're lucky to have him."
A feeling that is more than mutual.
"I’m so excited to be a Minnesota Viking," Cook said.
But now it’s time to goto work.
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