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Ravens Boost Backfield with Dalvin Cook Signing for Playoff Run

Ravens Boost Backfield with Dalvin Cook Signing for Playoff Run

The Baltimore Ravens are gearing up for a formidable playoff push by signing veteran running back Dalvin Cook, who recently went unclaimed on waivers after parting ways with the New York Jets. Cook’s addition to the Ravens, initially to the practice squad, is anticipated to provide a substantial lift to their backfield.

While Cook won’t see action in the Ravens’ Week 18 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he’s set to prepare for Baltimore’s playoff journey, which begins with the Divisional Round on either Jan. 20 or 21. The Ravens secured the AFC’s top playoff seed, earning a wild-card weekend bye.

Cook’s tenure with the Jets ended on a challenging note, with the four-time Pro Bowl running back failing to make a significant impact in his first season outside of Minnesota. Despite a prolific career with the Minnesota Vikings, where he averaged 1,254 rush yards per year, his late start with the Jets and a poorly defined role contributed to a lackluster performance.

In 15 games with the Jets, Cook amassed 67 rushes for 214 yards and 15 receptions for 78 yards, failing to score a touchdown. The Ravens, grappling with significant injuries in their backfield, view Cook as a valuable addition alongside Gus Edwards, Justice Hill, and Melvin Gordon.

Cook’s agency confirmed his signing with the Ravens after clearing waivers, offering Baltimore the opportunity to assess the seasoned running back’s contribution over the next two weeks. This move aims to fortify the Ravens’ backfield and enhance their chances of making a deep playoff run.

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