Kirk Cousins has been a very polarizing figure when talking about the top quarterbacks in the NFL throughout his career. Since coming to the Minnesota Vikings, he has been slowly winning over his doubters. However, there is still plenty of work for him to do.
During the 2019 season, Cousins actually led the NFL in one very intriguing statistic. He led the league in touchdown passes coming off of a play-action. Not only did he lead the league in the category, he dominated other quarterbacks.
Check out just how elite Cousins was in play-action touchdowns for the 2019 NFL season in a tweet shared by Pro Football Focus.
The Vikings had a very lethal offense last season led by Cousins. It helped that he had both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on his side, although Thielen did miss some time due to a hamstring injury.
On the season, Cousins ended up completing a sizzling 69.1 percent of his pass attempts for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. Minnesota sported a run-heavy offense with Dalvin Cook leading the way. Cousins was not asked to shoulder a massive part of the workload by himself.
Heading into the 2020 NFL season, the Vikings no longer have Diggs across from Thielen. They traded the star wideout to the Buffalo Bills. To replace him, the Vikings drafted LSU receiver Justin Jefferson in the first round.
Cousins will be asked to step up even more this season than he did in 2019. Mike Zimmer and company are also going to be without offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who left to take the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching position.
It will be interesting to see how Cousins performs in 2020 for the Vikings. He certainly should replicate his success from 2019, but with a different offense, albeit slightly, some things could be shaken up.