Owings Mills, Maryland. A source reports that on Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens added running back Dalvin Cook to their practice squad. Cook’s addition could strengthen the Ravens’ backfield heading into the postseason.
Thursday, Cook, 28, was not claimed on waivers following his release from the New York Jets on Tuesday. Cook’s contract with the Ravens was confirmed by Cook’s agency to Adam Schefter of ESPN following his unclaimed status on waivers on Thursday.
The Ravens (13-3), the No. 1 seed in the AFC and recipient of a first-round bye in the playoffs, will have the opportunity to assess the four-time Pro Bowl running back in the two weeks leading up to their divisional-round match on January 20th or 21st.
Despite having the leading rushing attack in the NFL, Baltimore’s backfield has suffered due to injuries. The Ravens suffered a season-ending Achilles injury to starting back J.K. Dobbins in Week 1, followed by a season-ending knee injury to electrifying rookie Keaton Mitchell in Week 15.
The current No. 1 back for the Baltimore Ravens, Gus Edwards, has 13 touchdowns but has struggled to generate big plays. In his previous seven games, he has accumulated an average of 40.6 yards per game in rushing and 3.6 yards per carry.
Additionally, Justice Hill and Melvin Gordon, a nine-year veteran with 19 carries for 63 yards (3.3-yard average) in limited action, are running backs on the Ravens’ 53-man roster.
With 821 yards rushing, quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens and has surpassed Baltimore in rushing in six games this season. This season, only one running back for Baltimore has accumulated more than 80 yards in a single game (Mitchell had 138 in Week 9).
It was mutually agreed upon that Cook would leave the Jets, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. A source informed Schefter that he restructured his contract to forfeit any remaining guarantees.
Cook’s playing time had been decreasing for weeks before last Thursday night in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was in uniform but recorded an NFL-record-setting 37-20 loss to the Browns without appearing in a single action.
Cook carried the ball a mere 67 times for 214 yards throughout 15 games with the Jets, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and falling 1.4 yards short of his career-high mark. His offense totaled 202 plays, which was the fewest since his injury-shortened rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.
Cook’s pursuit as a free agent was a prominent topic of discussion throughout the summer, culminating in his signing by the Jets on August 14. The contract amounted to $7 million for one year, with $5.8 million in guarantees. He stated that the opportunity to play alongside quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who ultimately suffered a season-ending Achilles rupture on the fourth play of the season, was the reason he chose the Jets.
After seven seasons, six of which were spent with the Vikings, he accumulated 6,207 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns.