Imagine buying a Ferrari and just letting it sit in the garage. That’s what New York Jets running back Dalvin Cook thinks his team is doing by not giving him a suitable role fit for a four-time Pro-Bowler. Per Zach Rosenblatt of the Athletic, Cook spoke to the media on Thursday and voiced his frustration over his lack of touches this season.
Dalvin Cook is saying that’s hard for him to get going when he’s only getting a few carries and that he’s shown in his career that he gets better the more carries he gets. Said his YPC average is down bc he’s not getting a lot of carries.
About the idea of getting traded, said…
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) October 26, 2023
New York Jets RB Dalvin Cook: Frustrated with Lack of Role
“What am I going to do with three touches,” says Cook about his decline in efficiency this season. The former Minnesota Vikings star averages just 2.8 yards per rush attempt this season, a far cry from his career 4.6 per carry. Cook emphasized that he believes he improves with the more carries he receives.
Cook continued, saying, “Of course, it’s frustrating. It’s new for me. I come from getting the ball 20 times a game. It’s something I’m adapting to.” Cook joined the New York Jets this offseason after four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with Minnesota. He scored 43 touchdowns during that span, earning Pro Bowl honors each year.
“I want to play” and “I want the situation to be best for both sides,” said Cook when asked about trade rumors. After being released by his former club, the Florida State product signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the New York Jets this offseason.
Outside a Week 1 performance where he had 13 carries for 33 yards, Dalvin Cook has failed to eclipse ten carries in a game. He was the least involved in his team’s previous matchup, getting just three rushing attempts in a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The former second-round pick has run for 109 yards and no touchdowns in six games.
The New York Jets Prefer to Lean on Second-Year NFL Veteran Breece Hall
Meanwhile, while Cook has lost volume, 22-year-old Breece Hall continues to gain more usage. Hall flashed as a rookie last season, rushing 80 times for 463 yards and four scores on 5.8 yards per attempt. However, he missed over half of the season after tearing his ACL. Hall has 34 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns over New York’s last two games, both of which were wins.