July 30, 2021; Egan, MN, USA; The Minnesota Vikings are trailing Dalvin Cook (33) and Alexander Mattison. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel – USA Today Sports.
The NFL relaxed the rules for choosing players’ jersey numbers in 2021, and now the Minnesota Vikings players are capitalizing.
You’ll need to buy new men’s jerseys, like Cameron Dantzler (27) and Cameron Bynam (43), if you get them, as these two defensive backs have moved to No. 3 and No. 24, respectively. But “cam” costumes don’t sell like hotcakes, so you should be fine.
Running backs on the other hand is a different story. Switching from 25 and 33, The Vikings now have 2 × 4, giving Alexander Mattison # 2 and Dalvin Cook # 4.
Cook was happy to switch to his collegiate # 4 last year, but the cost of buying his existing # 33 lot was reportedly too high for a common sense swap. So, Cook waited.
And Mattison joins him in a single-numbered paradise. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But it fits nicely with the trend of swapping jerseys for single numbers.
Opponents will receive a healthier dose of Cook and Mattison in 2022 – naturally – because the combination is again scheduled for RB1 and RB2 duty. Cook is the fourth-highest paid Vikings player on the list in 2022, so he will definitely get a lot of touches.
In the last three total seasons, Cook is second in the league per yard from Scrimmage with 4,955. He trailed leader Derrick Henry by just 23 yards. And Henry has played two more games than Cook since 2019.
Even with the Vikings’ pass-happy offense led by new head coach Kevin O’Connell, Cook will focus. By default, the ball was handed to Cook by Mike Zimmer. Yet, even with O’Connell Pivot, Cook will look like a real-blue RB1 – unless the team strangely decides not to recognize his skills.
For Mattison, he entered the final year of his contract, possibly hitting free agency in 2023. He will be looking to make an impact for the Sutter teams next spring. Also, almost clockwise, Cook usually misses a few games and those stats can give Mattison some traditional play time. Not a drop-off from Cook at the Vikings Games, in addition to Mattison’s one or two infamous gaffs. Too much Huge
In 2021, Minnesota was ranked 17th in the NFL at Rushing Yard, a smaller mark than predicted for a run-first offense. With O’Connell’s system, the run will set up a pass, as demonstrated for the 2021 Los Angeles Rams, a team that also won a Super Bowl.
Finally, to hedge the bet on Cook and Mattison, the Vikings drafted a tailback tie chandler from North Carolina from the 5th round in April. If long-term planning is not involved 2 × 4Chandler will be the next man in May according to the depth chart.
The Vikings fight the Green Bay Packers to open the 2022 regular season at US Bank Stadium.
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