"Playoff Lenny" had nearly 1,200 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 523 receiving yards, along with 6 TDs last season, Schultz went on to say. Fournette's role in the offense could come in the passing game, an area where Cook has been hit and miss. In Week 8 Cook had just one catch for six yards, but collected three catches for 46 yards and a TD in Week 7. Fournette could also steal some goal line TDs should the Bills opt to go away from Allen in those situations.
It's more likely that Murray continues to take over the early-and-goal-line role than it is that Cook gets a boost in those areas. The Bills have made it clear that they would like to keep the 190-pound running back out of harm's way, as he only has three of the team's 15 rushing attempts from within the opponent's five-yard line. Murray's role should put him in consideration as an RB3 option, as the team is currently 8.5-point favorites against the Patriots.
On one of the first few days, offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey even used the term “three-down back” when speaking about Cook’s potential should he realize it. In practices, Cook continued to provide the team with plenty of reasons to be optimistic about both his outlook and role in their 2023 season. Cook went coast-to-coast as their unquestioned top running back at camp, displaying excellent pass-catching skills and a good knack for finding running lanes between the tackles.
Buscaglia continued, "Cook also separated himself from backups Damien Harris and Latavius Murray, with Murray giving Harris a run for the primary backup duties due to his performance."
Cook looks more destined than ever to take a true three-down role, and the upside in this Bills offense would be fantastic, even if his target share is lessened by Josh Allen's legs. Cook is climbing into bona fide RB2 range.