Friday, August 6, 2010
Chris Cook making a push in Vikings camp
By Kevin Seifert
While national discussion has centered on the status of quarterback Brett Favre and his injured teammates, there appears to have been an interesting under-the-radar development in the Minnesota Vikings' camp.
According to those who have been covering daily practices, rookie cornerback Chris Cook has flashed far more often than veteran Lito Sheppard -- the presumed short-term replacement for injured starter Cedric Griffin. Cook's playmaking continued during Friday's morning practice, when he broke up a 50-yard pass from Tarvaris Jackson to receiver Bernard Berrian.
Cook, the Vikings' top pick in the April draft, was sidelined by a minor injury this spring and entered training camp buried deep on the depth chart. But veteran nickelback Benny Sapp hasn't participated in many practices because of an injury, and a healthy Cook apparently has taken advantage of the nickel repetitions he has received.
For now, Cook is working as the second-team left cornerback behind Antoine Winfield. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier told reporters there are no immediate plans to move Cook into a direct competition with Sheppard, but it will be interesting to see whether Cook can wiggle into that conversation as training camp continues.
"We've talked about that," Frazier said, "but I think it serves him best at this point to stay at left and get his footwork down, get comfortable there. There may come a time when we will take a look at him at right. For now, we'll let him get what he can at left and get comfortable there and we'll see as time goes on."