Dalvin Cook, RB, NY Jets
It's time for the Dalvin Cook experiment to end. For a guy who was so sought after by multiple teams this offseason, I cannot believe how bad Cook has been. It's almost as if once Rodgers got hurt, Cook gave up on the year.
Once again, he delivered a very lackluster effort, finishing with five carries for just 16 yards and adding one catch for two yards. That's just three yards per touch for Cook, who has failed to find any space in any game so far this year.
For the year, that is now 30 carries for just 74 yards, only 2.5 yards per carry. He has also added eight carries for 44 yards this season as well and is yet to find the endzone once. He is on pace for just 315 rushing yards this season. For reference, he hasn't finished with under 1,100 in five seasons.
In terms of advanced stats, it's not a pretty picture either. He is second-to-last in the NFL with -1.6 rushing yards over expected per carry, only slightly nudging ahead of Cam Akers. He has seen his snaps diminish every week, playing just 15 snaps last night and was outplayed by both Breece Hall (26 snaps) and Michael Carter (18 snaps).
The entire Jets offense slows down with Cook on the field; in the 14 plays run with Cook on the field, the Jets totaled just 44 yards (3.4 yards per play) and two first downs. In the 43 plays without him, the Jets totaled 292 yards (6.8 yards per play), 16 first downs, and both touchdowns.
The solution is simple. Breece Hall and Michael Carter need to be playing all of the snaps. Carter has been phenomenal in pass protection all year, and both Carter and Hall offer more explosiveness in the run game. Cook is only a handful of bad weeks away from Israel Abanikanda being called up.