Dalvin Cook Wants to Show the World ‘I’m Still Here’


With scarce opportunities in New York, Dalvin Cook kept one eye on Baltimore this season. So when Cook was granted his release from the Jets to join a contender, he knew exactly where he wanted to go.

Cook told reporters Thursday that he had opportunities to join other teams last week, but coming to Baltimore was a “no-brainer.”

“I’ve been watching them all year to be honest. I’m a fan of L, a fan of Zay Flowers, a fan of a bunch of guys on the team,” Cook said.

“Plus, when you look at the film, you see holes that big [spreads hands wide]. You see the guys up front moving people. For me, it’s always been electric getting behind a line like that. When the opportunity opened, I was ready to go.”

Cook joins Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and Melvin Gordon III in the backfield, and Head Coach John Harbaugh made it clear Wednesday that Cook isn’t just an insurance policy. Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken backed that up, saying they view Cook as a legitimate weapon in the playoffs.

That’s what Cook, 28, was throughout his career in Minnesota, where he topped 1,000 rushing yards each of the previous four seasons. His 2023 regular season with the Jets was a challenge, however, as Cook got just 67 rushing opportunities and had 214 yards.

Cook said the only thing that kept him grinding was his 4-month-old son. He said he feels “refreshed” now in Baltimore.

“Mentally, it was different for me not getting carries. Some games, I didn’t touch the ball at all,” he said. “But I feel like I grew as a man and I grew as a player. It’s just a bigger chip on my shoulder. I’m ready to show the world I’m still here.”


For now, Cook is on the practice squad and trying to pick up the playbook. The Ravens’ first-round playoff bye is allowing him time to get his feet under him with the hope of being elevated for the playoffs and making a difference.

“I’m going to work my tail off,” Cook said. “I’m going to lay it on the line for these guys.”

Cook said he’s been playing against Jackson since they were in high school. They also overlapped for two years in the ACC in college, with Cook at Florida State and Jackson at Louisville.

“He’s been doing the same thing at every level – being dominant, being him,” Cook said. “It’s good vibes, good energy here – a bunch of great guys, good locker room.”

Mike Macdonald Appreciates John Harbaugh’s Guidance During Coaching Carousel

As he reportedly draws interest from teams looking for a new head coach, Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald said he appreciates having Head Coach John Harbaugh as a mentor.

Macdonald has reportedly been requested to interview for head coaching positions with the Panthers, Commanders and Titans. Macdonald and Harbaugh discussed the NFL interview process during their flight to Houston on Monday to watch Michigan win the College Football National Championship.

“We had a great conversation on the plane, just very thankful about his support that he’s given to me and probably the other coaches as well,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been awesome.”

Macdonald confirmed that he’s already had Zoom conversations with teams at night after his daily work is finished.


“This is the first time I’m going through it,” Macdonald said. “Our focus right now with our guys is trying to improve and really stay sharp and ramp up and make sure we’re on our A game next weekend.

“When we’re here, that’s what we’re focused on. Fortunately, I can compartmentalize and work on the zooms and things that happen at night.”

Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken has reportedly been requested to interview with the Panthers and Chargers for their head coaching vacancies.

“It’s not hard, because I’ll be able to talk about [coaching interviews] at a proper time when it comes up,” Monken said. “The bottom line is we have a chance to do something special here. Our team and our focus is on this week, where we’re headed, finding out this weekend who we’re playing [in the Divisional round] and then coming up with a great gameplan giving us the best chance to be successful next week.”

Charlie Kolar Returns to Practice

Second-year tight end Charlie Kolar returned to practice on Thursday after not participating the day before.

Five Ravens remained absent from practice: wide receiver Zay Flowers (calf), outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (ankle), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf), and linebackers Malik Harrison (groin) and Del’Shawn Phillips (shoulder).

Wide receiver/returner Devin Duvernay (back), who is designated to return from injury, practiced for the second straight day.

“I think you guys know how I feel about him,” Special Teams Coordinator Chris Horton said. “I know how our team feels about him, and I know how the guys outside feel about him. He’s a heck of a player, and just to have him back out there running, it just goes to show to what we do fundamentally across the board with the depth.”


Related Posts

Baltimore Ravens star weapon could return for Divisional Round game against Houston Texans

Baltimore Ravens star weapon could return for Divisional Round game against Houston Texans imago images / Icon SMI The Ravens have been without their tight end since mid-November. The Balitmore Ravens are already one of the scariest offenses in the NFL, …

Ravens uniform combo for Saturday is undefeated in the playoffs

Advertisement Advertisement The Baltimore Ravens have announced their uniform combination for Saturday against the Houston Texans in the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs. They’ll be sporting…

Charm City Calling: Texans at Ravens Clash Saturday in ESPN’s First Divisional Round Playoff Game; AFC South Champion vs. AFC No. 1 Seed Available on ESPN, ABC, ESPN+ & ESPN Deportes

Advertisement Advertisement Kick Off from M&T Bank Stadium at 4:15 p.m. ET with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters and Laura Rutledge Postseason NFL Countdown Live in…

Texans vs Ravens Odds, Picks, and Divisional Round Predictions: Can Stroud Pick Apart Ravens Pass Defense?

16:30 ET HOU +9.5-110 +9.5-106 +9.5-118 +9.5-110 +9.5-110 +9.5-110 BAL -9.5-110 -9.5-106 -9.5-118 -9.5-110 -9.5-110 The Baltimore Ravens have an elite defense, but when you win as much as the Ravens do, opposing teams have to increase the passing game …

Late for Work: John Harbaugh Reflects on ‘Incredible Journey’ With Lamar Jackson Over the Past Year

Jackson is No. 3 on ESPN writer’s Top 100 MVP ballot. The Ravens are ranked the second-most-likely team to win the Super Bowl. Torrey Smith sees the same qualities in the Ravens as the Super Bowl teams that he was on.

Odell Beckham Jr. on Playoffs: ‘I’m Always Intense When It Comes to This’

Two years removed from his knee injury in Super Bowl LVI, Odell Beckham Jr. feels ready to make another playoff run.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *