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From Jets' Bench to Ravens' Playoff Roster

Released by New York after 17 weeks, four-time Pro Bowler lands postseason role with Ravens

Dalvin Cook will participate in the NFL Playoffs, but not with the New York Jets, as initially planned.

The Jets signed Cook in August only to release the 28-year-old running back in January after a disappointing tenure. Having since signed into the Baltimore Ravens' Practice Squad, the four-time Pro Bowler is moving up to the 53-man roster ahead of the team's divisional round game against the Houston Texans.

After releasing veteran Melvin Gordon, the Ravens added Cook to the active roster in a move that was first reported by NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero. The former second-round draft pick will likely suit up on January 20 in Baltimore.

Relegated to a backup role behind Breece Hall, who made a strong comeback from ACL surgery, Cook never gained traction during limited action as a Jet. He totaled 292 yards from scrimmage on 82 touches over 15 appearances. Cook logged only one rush attempt during his last three games, including not playing a single snap despite being active in Week 17.

After taking 50 percent of snaps in the season opener, Cook never reached that volume again. He rushed five times or fewer in different nine games and only once tallied double-digit carries. Averaging 3.2 yards per attempt, the veteran carried 67 times for 214 yards on the ground. 

"Just good business for everybody, I guess," said Jets' head coach Robert Saleh following the roster move. "Dalvin’s been an unbelievable teammate since the day he walked in here. Obviously, it hasn’t gone the way any of us have wanted."

Prior to arriving in New York, Cook posted four consecutive 1,100-yard rushing campaigns for the Minnesota Vikings. After his advanced metrics dipped in 2022, the Vikings released the battle-tested ball carrier last spring and the Jets subsequently signed him to a one-year deal reportedly worth $7 million.

Cook is wearing jersey No. 31 with the Ravens, who will host the Texans on Saturday at 4:30 pm ET.

"He’s been an unbelievable teammate and whatever opportunity he gets, I know he’s going to be great," said Saleh.


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