By CJ Carlson
Dalvin Cook has decided that the New York Jets aren’t the best fit for him right now, and the team agrees. The four-time Pro Bowl running back signed with the team to form an “unstoppable” offense that was built around Aaron Rodgers. The thought was that he could work alongside Breece Hall in the backfield. After all, Hall was still rehabbing a torn ACL at the time. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse for Cook.
Just four snaps into the season, Rodgers suffered a season ending injury, and Cook watched the Jets future fall apart in front of his eyes. Cook was only on board for one season, so this was likely a devastating morale hit for him already. To make matters worse, Hall not only returned from his injury, but played significantly better than Cook did early on. Making it very hard to explain why Cook could get similar snaps to Hall. Especially when you take into consideration how hard it started to get for the Jets to make plays on offense.
His playing time with the Jets continued to decline until he just wasn’t seeing touches at all anymore, something he wasn’t really happy with. It’s likely the reason that he was able to meet with management and mutually part ways. Cook now ends his team in New York, taking 67 rush attempts and turning them into 214 yards scoreless yards. To put that into perspective, Hall has taken 186 rushes and turned them into 816 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also a much bigger factor in the passing game than Cook has been.
Dalvin Cook Should Have Multiple Suitors
Dalvin Cook now has some options on where he wants to finish the season. Among the best choices are the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns, and possibly even the Dallas Cowboys. Miami had interest in him earlier, though they might shy away due to Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane forming a strong tandem this year. The Browns might do the same considering Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt had played well. The Cowboys on the other hand might be looking at better production behind Tony Pollard. They have Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn, and Cook might be able to surpass one or both of them if given enough time to learn the offense. He might not have had a good stretch in New York, but it does still feel like Cook has some gas left in the tank. At the very least, a playoff contender will take a look at him.