Vikings QB Kirk Cousins focused on building chemistry with his new receivers
The Minnesota Vikings made a splash this NFL offseason when they managed to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins. Although he may have been the most highly-sought player in free agency, Cousins admits that there has been a bit of a learning curve early on.
One of the most significant challenges is getting on the same page with wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN, Cousins’ main focus making sure both sides can adjust to the new playbook.
“It’s a process of saying, ‘Hey, this is the way I’ve done if for six years. You’ve done it a different way for five years. Let’s try to talk about why you’ve had success, why I’ve had success. Let’s find some middle ground; let’s decide whether I’m going to learn your way, you’re going to learn my way,’” Cousins said. “That’s the process I’m talking about. Every route, every concept, really we could talk about each individual one. The best part of the whole thing is you know you have a chance when the communication is as healthy as it is.”
There is no doubt that Cousins has much more firepower in his arsenal with the Vikings than he did during his time with the Washington Redskins. Thielen and Diggs established themselves as one of the most lethal one-two punches in the league during the 2017 campaign and have continued to get better with each season. That said, there is the assumption that Cousins will merely be able to elevate his game right away.
However, it is clear that all sides are still building their rapport with each other. It goes without saying that chemistry between quarterback and receiver is one of the most crucial components of developing a strong passing game. Cousins is coming off his third consecutive 4,000-yard season under center despite the lack of weapons in Washington. He will need to make sure his wideouts are in sync with him if he is to keep that streak going.