Latavius Murray, Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon will be competing to be the Vikings starting running back, replacing Adrian Peterson.
McKinnon is returning for his third season in Minnesota, Murray was signed in free agency and Cook was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft. Cook and Murray know they have big shoes to fill.
Murray and Cook said they are focused on their new chapters in Minnesota and less on replacing the Vikings all-time leading rusher, Eric Smith of Vikings.com reports.
“To be honest, I don’t think anyone’s looking at it that way,” Murray said. “I think obviously we know that that guy was great in that uniform, but I think for everyone in the running back room right now, it’s about the individual.”
Added Cook: “He is a future Hall of Famer. In my first year in the NFL, I am not as close to him, so I cannot compare myself to him at all because he is going to go down as one of the greatest backs in history probably so I just have just got to go out there and work and I cannot have that in my head.”