Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins

35-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Atlanta Falcons
Questionable
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 8/9/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Cousins was on pace for close to 5,000 yards and 40 TDs last year when he snapped his Achilles tendon in October. As it was, he finished QB24 in fantasy, despite playing only eight games. That’s what hefty volume will do for you -- when he went down in Week 8, he was the league leader in attempts (311). For the second year in a row, his average target depth dropped -- to 7.3, 24th in the league -- which boosted his on-target rate to a career-high 80.4 percent (2nd) and his completion rate to 69.5 percent (3rd). Cousins eschewed the deep ball (6.4 percent of attempts, 31st) for intermediate targets (26.0 percent, 3rd). That’ll probably be the formula again this season for the 36-year-old, especially because he never had elite arm strength in the first place. Whether he gets 600 attempts is the question after he signed with Atlanta in March for $100 million guaranteed. First, he’s still working back from the injury; second, new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson, after five years as a Rams assistant, is somewhat of an unknown; and third, the Falcons surprisingly drafted QB Michael Penix eighth overall in April. A lot can go sideways, including risk of eventually being usurped by Penix and his cannon arm. Cousins will need elite volume to have value in single-QB leagues, as he doesn't provide any rushing stats and isn't quite a top passer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons in March of 2024.
Joined by first-round rookie QB
QBAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
April 26, 2024
Cousins (Achilles), who signed a four-year deal with Atlanta in March, is slated to be joined in the team's QB corps by Michael Penix, who was taken with the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft, Terrin Waack of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Despite the franchise's surprising decision to select Penix, Cousins, who is rebounding from an Achilles tear that he sustained Oct. 29, remains locked in as the Falcons' No. 1 QB for the foreseeable future. Regarding that topic, GM Terry Fontenot noted Thursday, "Kirk Cousins is our quarterback. We're very excited about Kirk, very excited about this team. (With) Michael Penix we're talking about the future. The draft is you look at the future and you look at big picture." In terms of his injury recovery, Cousins relayed last month that he's progressing well and is "optimistic that (he) can be full speed at practice before (the Falcons) break for the summer." In any case, barring any setbacks, Cousins -- who turns 36 in August -- is entrenched atop Atlanta's depth chart, with Penix providing the team with both an insurance policy for the veteran signal-caller, as well as a potential successor down the road.
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    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
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    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
13.8%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.8 Yds
 
Sack Rate
5.2%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.8 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.8%
 
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Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
205 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.93 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.50 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.05 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
 
Broad Jump
109 in
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
31.75 in
 
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Cousins pushed his streak of at least 3,500 passing yards and 25 TD passes to eight consecutive seasons last year, the longest active streak in the league. But he got there a little differently than in recent years. After throwing deep on at least 11 percent of his attempts each of the previous three seasons, only 7.9 percent of his attempts traveled at least 20 yards last season, 29th in the league, as his average target depth fell by nearly a full yard to 7.7 (22nd). Cousins doesn’t have a strong arm to begin with and his on-target rate on deep attempts fell to a three-year-low 50 percent. He made up for it, though, with a career-high 643 attempts overall. More volume, less efficiency — 7.1 YPA (15th) and a career-high 14 interceptions. He has enough weapons for another effective season in 2023. Adam Thielen left for Carolina, but the Vikings think they upgraded with first-round pick Jordan Addison, who will team with perhaps the league’s best wideout in Justin Jefferson. K.J. Osborn is proven as a solid No. 3 receiver, and a full season out of T.J. Hockenson (60 catches in 10 games with the Vikings last year) will help too. Cousins may even improve his efficiency in his second year in Kevin O’Connell’s system, but a lack of rushing production means he doesn't have much upside beyond last year's QB8 fantasy finish.
Cousins might not be elite, but he’s sure consistent — the only quarterback with at least 3,500 passing yards and 25 TD passes each of the last seven seasons. Last year he also did a good job taking care of the ball, ranking second only to Aaron Rodgers in INT rate (1.2 percent). He’s been criticized — most prominently by former coach Mike Zimmer — for being risk-averse and not taking more shots downfield. But Cousins threw deep at a good clip last season (14.1 percent, 7th), placing sixth in average target depth (8.2) and ranking third both with 79 attempts of 20-plus yards and eight TD passes on those throws. In any event, Zimmer was fired after last season and new coach Kevin O’Connell (for whom Cousins played in Washington in 2017) promises to bring a Rams-like offense after serving as offensive coordinator in Los Angeles last year. The Vikings certainly don't lack for playmakers; Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn form a strong WR trio, and Dalvin Cook is one of the league’s best running backs. TE Irv Smith, who missed last season with a knee injury, is younger and more athletic than Tyler Conklin, now with the Jets. Cousins’ lack of mobility limits his ceiling, but he should at least finish near his QB11 fantasy rank from both of the past two seasons.
Cousins looked like one of the league's worst quarterbacks early last season before turning things around following Minnesota's Week 7 bye. In the first six weeks, Cousins had 11 TD passes and 10 interceptions, completing 64.6 percent of his throws. After the bye, he totaled 24 TD passes and three interceptions with a 69.2 completion percentage. The improvement came as Cousins reverted to his short-passing ways of 2019. In the first six games, 45.7 percent of his attempts were less than five yards from the line of scrimmage, while a hefty 17.7 percent were 20-plus yards. After the bye, those numbers flipped to 51.3 and a mere 8.2 percent as his average target depth fell from 9.7 to 7.1 yards. Cousins doesn't have the arm to exploit a deep-passing attack, and his career-high 35 touchdown passes look ripe for regression. Twenty-five of those touchdowns came in the red zone, where he posted a 40.3 TD pass percentage, second in the league. Expect that number to fall closer to the league-average 26.3 percent this season. Nevertheless, Cousins has excellent playmakers to target in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, who dominated as a rookie. Dalvin Cook provides a solid running game and a receiving threat out of the backfield. Without rushing stats to offset any touchdown regression, Cousins is not likely to match his three-year high QB11 fantasy ranking from last season, but he is still handy in two-quarterback leagues.
After 606 attempts in 2018, Cousins dropped to 444 last season, as the Vikings fully committed to a run-first offense. Cousins still had a decent number of downfield attempts — resulting in eight TDs (2nd) — but he relied mostly on a short-passing game based off play action. He completed 73.4 percent (6th) on play action and tied Lamar Jackson for the league lead with 11 TDs, but overall his average depth of target was just 8.1 yards (22nd) as the offense was basically dink-and-dunk with occasional deep shots. In fact, no qualified QB had a lower percentage of attempts in the 11-20-yard range than Cousins (13.5 percent), and he ranked fourth in percentage of attempts within five yards of the line of scrimmage (57.2). Offensive coordinator Keven Stefanski left for the head job in Cleveland, but the offense he called last year belonged to assistant head coach Gary Kubiak — who was named the new OC — so don't expect a departure from the run-first approach. And it's possible the Vikings rely on the running game even more this year after ranking third in rushing percentage last season (49.1). Stefon Diggs, who complained about the lack of passing, was shipped to Buffalo, replaced by Justin Jefferson, the 22nd pick in this year's draft. Jefferson ran a 4.43 40, but if he doesn't develop quickly, the offense will be left without a field-stretcher. Adam Thielen returns, looking to stay healthy after an injury-plagued season. And Cousins has decent targets in TEs Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith and RB Dalvin Cook. But there's not much after that, especially among the wideouts. Cousins' efficiency will keep him productive, but his ceiling looks capped.
Cousins' first season in Minnesota was a fantasy success, even if his team underachieved and finished 19th in scoring (22.5 points per game). He was one of seven quarterbacks with 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns, and only Matt Ryan had fewer interceptions than Cousins' 10 among that group. Cousins, though, was on pace for 5,000 yards and averaging 20.6 fantasy points per game until the Minnesota offense imploded at midseason. His YPA fell from 7.4 to 6.7 from the first eight games to the last eight games, ultimately putting him 24th in the league. After pushing the ball downfield effectively in the season's first half, the Vikings couldn't connect on deep passes in the second half. Cousins posted 14.4 YPA on throws longer than 20 yards through Week 8, but that fell to 10.4 in Weeks 9-17. His average depth of target was a mere 7.6 yards, tied with Eli Manning for 27th. The second-half struggles cost offensive coordinator John DeFilippo his job after a particularly inept Week 14 loss at Seattle. Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski took over the playcalling, and though big performances in Weeks 15 and 16 were undone by an ugly showing Week 17 against the dominant Chicago defense, he returns this season. Cousins needs better protection - he was fifth in pressures last year - but first-round pick Garrett Bradbury should help the offensive line, and there's no shortage of playmakers between Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook. There's plenty of ammo to make another run at 4,000 and 30, even if Stefanski doesn't create an offensive juggernaut.
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.
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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Aiming to be 100 percent by June
QBAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
March 13, 2024
Cousins (Achilles) said Wednesday during his introductory news conference with the Falcons that he's "optimistic to be full speed at practice" by the end of the offseason program in June, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Signing with Atlanta
QBAtlanta Falcons
Achilles
March 11, 2024
Cousins (Achilles) is signing a four-year contract with the Falcons, according to agent Mike McCartney at Vayner Sports.
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Ready to talk contract with Atlanta
QBMinnesota Vikings
Achilles
March 11, 2024
Cousins (Achilles) is expected to begin negotiating with the Falcons when the legal tampering period begins at 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to test open market
QBMinnesota Vikings
Achilles
March 10, 2024
Cousins (Achilles) is expected to test the free-agent market this week, though his agent and the Vikings remain in contact, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Encouraged by progress
QBMinnesota Vikings
Achilles
February 26, 2024
Cousins, who is recovering from a torn right Achilles' tendon, posted a video Monday which showed him backpedaling and throwing recently in an indoor tennis facility, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.
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No ill will toward Penix
QBAtlanta Falcons
May 14, 2024
Cousins, recovering from an Achilles tear, does not have hard feelings toward Michael Penix, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
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Cousins was caught off guard after the Falcons took Penix with the eighth overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft and was reportedly disappointed in the selection. However, in an appearance on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast Tuesday, Cousins noted that it wouldn't be productive for him to hold anything against Penix and instead expressed his desire to get the whole team on the same page. Cousins signed a four-year, $180 million contract with Atlanta this offseason and should be the starter for the foreseeable future.
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