Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
30-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Minnesota Vikings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
If nothing else, Cousins will be remembered for landing the NFL's first fully guaranteed multi-year free-agent contract. He earned it with three consecutive seasons of 4,000 passing yards while averaging 27 passing touchdowns in that span for the Redskins. His production dropped last year by more than 800 yards from 2016, thanks to nearly 70 fewer attempts and slightly worse efficiency. He finished top 10 in both completion percentage and YPA, even though injuries to three key targets caught up to him in December when he flamed out with 6.3 YPA and 56.7 completion percentage, hurting his season numbers. The supporting cast shouldn't be an issue this year with three playmakers to target in Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph. And Dalvin Cook, expected to be healthy coming off an ACL injury, gives him his first opportunity with a legitimate rushing attack. Coach Mike Zimmer said the offense will be built around Cousins' strengths. Perhaps that means more downfield passing with former Philadelphia quarterback coach John DeFilippo the new offensive coordinator, but Minnesota came within a game of the Super Bowl last year playing tough defense and limiting turnovers, so that formula doesn't figure to change too much. Expect fewer shootouts for Cousins, who was fifth in the league last year in fourth-quarter pass attempts (the Vikings ranked last). What's more, in the last three years, Cousins has attempted at least 45 passes in a game eight times (7th). The Vikings have done it twice in that span, none last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2018.
Tosses two scores in win
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 21, 2018
Cousins completed 25 of 40 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-17 win over the Jets.
ANALYSIS
Cousins capitalized on the beat-up Jets secondary on the game's first drive, hitting his favorite target, Adam Thielen, for a 34-yard touchdown. Running back Latavius Murray was Minnesota's biggest offensive weapon the rest of the way with two touchdowns on the ground, but Cousins managed to add a 34-yard aerial strike to Aldrick Robinson, sealing the victory in the fourth quarter. Up next for the marquee free-agent addition is a mouthwatering Week 8 matchup with the vulnerable Saints secondary.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    486
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
1063
0
2017
1012
0
2018
486
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other QBs)

Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   202 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.93 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.50 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   7.05 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   31.75 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.88 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   29 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   109 in
WEAK
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
Minnesota Vikings Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
In two years as the full-time starter, Cousins has twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season, leading the Redskins to consecutive winning campaigns for the first time in 20 years. Last season, he improved his YPA to third in the NFL, sacrificing a bit of his completion rate for bigger chunk yards with more downfield passing. After 50 passes of 21-plus yards in 2015, he went deep 72 times last season, accounting for 11.9 percent of his attempts — the fourth-highest rate in the league. He completed 45.8 percent (5th) for a 120.4 passer rating (3rd) on such throws. However, he lost his two top receivers from last season in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. The Redskins signed Terrelle Pryor, who has the speed to be a deep threat and the size to battle in the red zone. But he's sure to draw double coverage without another receiver to command attention. Jamison Crowder likely will see 100-plus targets this year, but he's a 5-8 slot receiver who doesn't pose a big downfield threat. Second-year WR Josh Doctson is coming off an injury that cost him all but two games of his rookie season, and injury-prone tight end Jordan Reed has played as many as 14 games in a season once in his four-year career. Contract talk dominated offseason headlines, and if this is Cousins' last year in Washington, he's going to have to work to get top dollar next offseason as a free agent.
A fourth-round afterthought in the 2012 draft class that brought Robert Griffin to Washington, Cousins got playing time in each of his first three seasons due to Griffin's injury issues, and was finally given the full-time starting job in training camp heading into last year. He more than seized his opportunity, putting up very good numbers and leading the team to an NFC East title. While he doesn't possess ideal arm strength, his accuracy on shorter routes is excellent, with his 75.2 completion percentage on passes inside 15 yards ranking second in the NFL to Ben Roethlisberger among starters. Cousins' work ethic has never been in question, endearing him to head coach Jay Gruden, and he's also lauded for his leadership qualities, with a clip of him shouting "You like that!" to a reporter after the largest comeback win in franchise history became a rallying cry for the team after it went viral. Despite that successful campaign, his future in Washington isn't totally secure. He had yet to sign a long-term contract with the club at press time, and could play 2016 under the franchise tag he signed in March. Washington did add to its talent level on the offensive side, selecting wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round, which could perhaps help Cousins produce even stronger numbers in a contract season.
Cousins played in six games in 2014, registering 1,710 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions following a dislocated ankle that caused Robert Griffin III to miss significant time. Whispers arose that Cousins was better suited for Head Coach Jay Gruden’s system, but several mediocre performances sent him back to the bench in favor of Colt McCoy. After approaching the 2015 campaign competing once again with McCoy for backup duty, the franchise switched QB gears in late August, when coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Cousins will be Washington's starter for the upcoming season.
Cousins is destined to backup RGIII again in 2014. He played in five games in 2013 and did not perform as well as his rookie season. He completed 52 percent of his passes including four touchdowns and seven interceptions. RGIII is a year removed from reconstructive knee surgery and is healthy going into training camp which means Cousins is not expected to see the field.
Cousins looked really good in limited 2012 action, completing 68.8 percent of his passes and averaging 9.7 YPA. In his lone start, Cousins completed 26 of his 37 passes for 329 yards and two scores. Of course, he's merely Robert Griffin's backup and RGIII (coming off a serious knee injury) looking good to go for the Redskins' season opener.
Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012. He will compete for the backup quarterback position with veteran and former starter Rex Grossman. The team loved the value of taking Cousins in the fourth round as he was consider a potential starter. The team is heavily invested in starter Robert Griffin III so don't expect Cousins to see the field unless something catastrophic happened to Griffin.
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Runs, throws for touchdowns
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 14, 2018
Cousins completed 24 of 34 passes for 233 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 27-17 win over Arizona. He added 14 yards and a touchdown on four carries and also lost a fumble.
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Totals 301 passing yards in win
QBMinnesota Vikings
October 7, 2018
Cousins completed 30 of 37 pass attempts for 301 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's game against the Eagles. He also carried five times for one yard and lost a fumble in the 23-21 win.
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Eclipses 400 yards in loss
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 27, 2018
Cousins completed 36 of 50 passes for 422 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Vikings' 38-31 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for 28 yards, threw a two-point conversion pass and lost a fumble.
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Commits three turnovers in loss to Bills
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 23, 2018
Cousins completed 40 of 55 pass attempts for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Bills. He also gained two yards on two carries and lost a pair of fumbles in the 27-6 loss.
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Posts huge numbers in tie with Packers
QBMinnesota Vikings
September 16, 2018
Cousins completed 35 of 48 pass attempts for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Packers. He also carried two times for five yards in the 29-29 tie.
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