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Dalvin Cook's rush through the left side of the line for 70 yards last week was the longest gain of his professional career Stitched Armon Watts Jersey , an early game boost for the Minnesota Vikings in an important victory over Detroit before their bye.That was the type of big running play that has been missing in most of Minnesota's games this year, a 22.05 mph burst that was clocked by the NFL's Next Gen Stats as the fastest in the league in 2018.That also demonstrated what the Vikings will need more of down the stretch with a daunting schedule ahead.Cook's return from a hamstring injury that kept him out of five games was one of the most important developments of the season."When you go to the zoo and you want to see a white tiger and they say, 'He's not coming out today, you're disappointed and you're like, 'That's why I bought the ticket, to see the white tiger," quarterback Kirk Cousins said after the Vikings beat the Lions 24-9 on Nov. 4. "That's Dalvin. When you get him Armon Watts Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , he's special."Though Latavius Murray has 439 total yards and five touchdowns over the past five games, Cook's return will be vital toward continuing the revival of a running game that ranks 28th in the league with an average of 91.7 yards per game.The Vikings (5-3-1) play at NFC North-leading Chicago (6-3) on Sunday night in a game for control of the division. That's one of three games over the next four for the Vikings that will be on the road and outdoors in northern cities."I do think with some of these games as it starts to get colder, it is going to be more of a factor," coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think we're getting better at a lot of the areas in the running game. We have to continue searching for more ways to pound the ball."When Cook was healthy in the season opener against San Francisco, the Vikings had 116 rushing yards. They then went four straight games with fewer than 20 rushing attempts and 77 rushing yards or fewer, until Murray produced a 155-yard performance on 24 carries in a victory over Arizona on Oct. 14 .Cook and Murray combined for 120 rushing yards against the Lions. The Vikings have averaged 124 rushing yards over the past four games, up from 65.8 yards per game on the ground over the first five weeks."He has got a chance to hit home runs Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Stitched ," Zimmer said of Cook. "I think it was really good for him to get out there and get some game time action. When you haven't played in six weeks and you haven't practiced all that much, I think he will continue to get better."The Vikings also claimed running back Ameer Abdullah last week after he was waived by the Lions. Abdullah, a second-round draft pick in 2015, only appeared in three games this year and carried the ball once. He averaged 3.8 yards per attempt in three seasons as the primary ball carrier, when he wasn't injured, before being replaced by rookie Kerryon Johnson this season."I'm entering a backfield with a lot of talent, Dalvin Armon Watts Jersey nfl draft , we have Latavius and all the guys who've been here," Abdullah said after practice on Monday. "Just coming in today and seeing these guys welcome me the way they have has been amazing for me. It does a lot for my confidence. It does a lot for my focus."Abdullah will also be an option as a kickoff returner."I'm ready to work," he said. "Anything the Vikings ask me to do, I'm willing to do just because I'm so appreciative of the opportunity." WHO HATES IOWA!? Oh, wait. . ." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDaily Norsemana Minnesota Vikings communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryVikingsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsFiled under:Minnesota Vikings 2019 OffseasonIt looks like Nate Kaeding is the Vikings’ new kicking coachNew,105commentsWHO HATES IOWA!? Oh, wait. . .CDTShareTweetShareShareIt looks like Nate Kaeding is the Vikings’ new kicking coachOne of the big discussions over the course of this offseason for the Minnesota Vikings has been the potential hiring of a full-time kicking coach. From the reports that are coming in from today’s OTAs at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center Custom Armon Watts Jersey , the team may have found their man.According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding was at today’s OTAs, and he’s also reporting that Kaeding’s official capacity with the team is going to be announced soon.Kaeding played in the NFL from 2004 to 2012, and when he retired he was the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history in terms of field goal percentage (86.2%). He spent the bulk of his career with the San Diego Chargers.According to Krammer, Kaeding lives in the area, so it would appear to be an easy transition for him to become a part of the team. In any event, this is significantly more positive for him than the last time he interacted with the Vikings.That would have been the opening kickoff of the 2011 regular season. Not only did Percy Harvin take that kickoff back for a touchdown Discount Armon Watts Jersey , but Kaeding tore his ACL covering the play and proceeded to miss the entire season. So, yeah. . .being the kicking coach has got to be better than that, I’d imagine.What are your thoughts on Nate Kaeding (apparently) becoming the Vikings’ new kicking coach?
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