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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-22 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Vikings' Week 9 win over the Lions.
Cousins was without Stefon Diggs (ribs) and really struggled, forcing his interception into double-coverage trying to go to Adam Thielen. Cousins also was credited with a lost fumble deep in Detroit territory, but Dalvin Cook was to blame who dropped the pitch on a run play. Cousins hasn't had big numbers on the stat sheet in weeks really but now gets the bye for the Vikings to try and get healthy before going to Chicago in Week 11. Cousins will be a back-end QB1. Nov 4 - 4:10 PM

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Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-40 passes for 351 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Week 8 against the Saints.

Cousins got off to a fast start with a touchdown to Stefon Diggs. He put up huge stats despite the loss, but the Vikings couldn’t overcome a pair of turnovers. Cousins threw a game-changing pick-six in the second half and had multiple passes knocked down at the line of scrimmage. He salvaged his night with a late touchdown to Adam Thielen. Cousins will remain a QB1 for Week 9 against Detroit.
Oct 28 - 11:17 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-40 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Jets.

It was a struggle much of the day as both offenses really had trouble moving the ball. At one point, both teams were a combined 0-for-12 on third downs. Cousins, however, did throw a 34-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen on the opening drive before then hitting Aldrick Robinson for a second 34-yard score in the fourth quarter. Both were dimes from Cousins in tight coverage. Cousins will look to get back on track with big numbers next week against the Saints at home.
Oct 21 - 4:57 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-34 passes for 233 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Vikings' Week 6 win over the Cardinals.

He added a touchdown on a seven-yard run. Cousins fumbled on a sack that was returned for a touchdown, but he was sharp in this one, completing 71 percent of his passes. Cousins' only passing TD was a perfect throw over the middle to Adam Thielen. He's now led the Vikings to consecutive wins after losing to Buffalo and the Rams. Cousins gets a matchup with the Jets in Week 7.
Oct 14 - 4:16 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-37 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 23-21, Week 5 win over the Eagles.

Cousins also lost a fumble on a botched sideways pass. As has become a theme, Cousins was attempting and converting heat check throws in the first half. His touchdown was a three-yarder where only Adam Thielen could catch it in the end zone. Cousins has made as many "wow" passes as anyone in football so far this season. The Vikings' offense was far less effective after halftime but got back into rhythm in time to close the game out in the fourth quarter. Cousins is making hay with his elite receiver duo of Thielen and Stefon Diggs. He'll be a high-end QB1 for next week's home date with the abysmal Cardinals.
Oct 7 - 7:36 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 36-of-50 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns while adding a team-leading 28 rushing yards on four carries Thursday in the Vikings’ Week 4 loss to the Rams.

Cousins lost 30 yards on four sacks. Coming off an embarrassing loss to Buffalo on their home turf, the Vikings came out firing on their first drive with Cousins completing 6-of-8 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. Cousins followed that up with another touchdown strike to Robinson in the second quarter. Kirk’s longest completion on the night came on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen on a play where Cousins looked off the safety before hitting Thielen down the seam for a wide-open TD. Cousins’ night ended in disappointment when he coughed up the ball on a strip sack by John Franklin-Myers with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Vikes haven’t been the juggernaut they were billed as going into the year, but Cousins has still been extremely productive, topping 400 yards in two of his last three outings. We’ll see what he does for an encore next week against the Eagles.
Sep 28 - 12:36 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 40-of-55 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in the Vikings' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

The Vikings' offensive line didn't help matters, allowing Cousins to be blindsided and strip-sacked on the team's first two possessions. Minnesota's passing offense was playing catch-up from that point forward as Cousins was forced to attempt 55 passes under duress for the remainder of the afternoon. Cousins' lone touchdown came in garbage time when he found Kyle Rudolph in the end zone down 27-0 with less than two minutes to play. The Vikings have another tough test on the road against the Rams Thursday night.
Sep 23 - 4:51 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 35-of-48 passes for 425 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in the Vikings' Week 2 tie with the Packers.

It was a tie, but Cousins did everything he could to win this game despite facing an underrated defense. He threw a laser to Laquon Treadwell for his first score of the day, and his third was a beautiful pass to Stefon Diggs for a 75-yard touchdown, almost all of that coming in the air. He was even better with the game on the line. Despite an interception which went right through Treadwell’s hands, Cousins was able to lead the Vikings back with an eight-play touchdown drive he finished with an outstanding tight-window throw to Adam Thielen and a two-point conversion to Diggs to tie the game. He led what should have been two scoring drives in overtime, but Daniel Carlson missed both field goals including one as time expired. With Buffalo up next, Cousins will be a locked-in QB1 next week.
Sep 16 - 4:41 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-36 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 24-16, Week 1 win over the 49ers.

Cousins came out peppering Dalvin Cook with early targets, beating an aggressive Niners defense for chunk gains. He later threw a dime over the top of CB Ahkello Witherspoon to hit Stefon Diggs for a 22-yard touchdown down the left sideline. It was a perfectly-placed ball. Cousins' second score was an 11-yard hookup to Kyle Rudolph. He was also cooking with Adam Thielen, who had 102 yards on six grabs, killing the Niners out of the slot. Cousins' debut couldn't have gone much better. The 1-0 Vikings will head on the road to Green Bay in Week 2.
Sep 9 - 4:33 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 17-of-28 passes for 182 yards in the Vikings' third preseason game against the Seahawks.

The Vikings dominated the ball in the first quarter, hence Cousins uncorking 28 first-half passes before taking a seat after the break. This preseason, Cousins is 24-of-40 (60%) for 236 yards (5.9 YPA) and a 1:0 TD:INT mark. Cousins and Stefon Diggs have looked to have a real rapport, but the connections with Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph haven't been as strong. The offense has another two weeks to gel ahead of Week 1. Cousins should flirt with QB1 numbers.
Aug 24 - 10:01 PM

Kirk Cousins said he is working to become "a better quarterback off-schedule when the pocket breaks down."

"I have been a very good quarterback, I believe, on keepers, meaning bootlegs outside the pocket," Cousins said. "So I'd like to see that translate more, where when a dropback breaks down and I leave the pocket, I can have the same kind of production that I've had when we've run bootlegs and things like that." It is a shockingly candid answer, but it makes sense it would be on his mind as he transitions to a new scheme. Even if that improvement does not come, Cousins has the weapons around him to be a solid QB1 this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 9 - 10:02 AM

Vikings OC John DeFilippo believes he can help Kirk Cousins be more effective in the red zone.

Washington was inconsistent at best in the red zone with Cousins under center, but his new play caller, who coordinated the Eagles' exceptional red-zone scheme last season, expects the story to be different in Minnesota. "Tighten up the package a little bit, and obviously, we need to have success running the football down there," DeFilippo said. "Those are two things we can do to help him out." Having a weapon like Kyle Rudolph to target near the end zone also will not hurt. Cousins is a quality QB1.
Jun 4 - 9:32 AM

Vikings signed Kirk Cousins, formerly of the Redskins, to a three-year contract.

The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent. The contract is expected to be finalized after Cousins visits the Vikings' facility on Thursday. It always made sense for Cousins to land in Minnesota, an organization with a strong roster and good coaching which gives him a chance to win right away. This is also an ideal spot for Cousins from a fantasy perspective. With Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph to target and Dalvin Cook in the backfield, Cousins looks like a locked-in QB1.
Mar 13 - 12:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kirk Cousins' first visit will be with the Vikings.

This is as sure a sign as any the Vikings are in pole position, and their only real competition seems to be the Jets after the Broncos agreed to terms with Case Keenum early Tuesday morning. Minnesota is reportedly offering a three-year deal worth $28 million per year. At this point, it would be a surprise if Cousins ended up anywhere else.
Mar 13 - 11:06 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cardinals are "in the mix" for free agent Kirk Cousins.

Cousins' sister lives in the "Phoenix area," which supposedly will be a factor in Cousins' decision. Although we are sure Cousins loves his family, we doubt it will take precedence over money. Like the Jets, Vikings or Broncos, the Cardinals will have to pay a pretty penny if they want Cousins to be their quarterback.
Mar 12 - 5:01 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Trevor Siemian
3Kyle Sloter
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Mike Boone
4Ameer Abdullah
5Roc Thomas
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Dalvin Cook
3RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Adam Thielen
2Brandon Zylstra
WR21Stefon Diggs
2Aldrick Robinson
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Tyler Conklin
LT1Riley Reiff
2Brian O'Neill
LG1Tom Compton
2Danny Isidora
C1Pat Elflein
2Brett Jones
RG1Mike Remmers
RT1Rashod Hill
2Aviante Collins
K1Dan Bailey