The New York Jets continued their eventful offseason on Monday when they signed Dalvin Cook to a one-year contract.
Cook joins a crowded running back room with Zonovan Knight, Michael Carter, and Breece Hall.
Hall, whose promising rookie season ended after just seven games due to a knee injury, seems pleased with the addition, telling SNY, “It’s another great guy we’re adding to the room. It’s going to be a good competition. It’s going to bring the best out of everybody. When [Cook] comes in, all of our reps might get lessened, and we’re gonna have to work him in, so it’s gonna make us do the most of what we can with our reps. He’s gonna challenge us, we’re gonna challenge ourselves, and we’re gonna challenge him as well, so it’s going to be fun.”
Cook joins the Jets from the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the first six years of his career. He is currently seventh among active running backs in career rushing yards (5.993) and eighth among active running backs in career touchdowns (47).
The Jets finished 25th in the NFL in rushing yards per game and 21st in the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season, so Cook’s addition should help them improve those totals, as should Hall’s return from injury.
So far, the Jets have not said if Cook will suit up in the preseason or if they will wait until September 11th’s Monday Night Football opener against the Bills.