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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins plans to look for more ‘off schedule’ scrambling opportunities

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is not exactly known for his wheels, as he has amassed a grand total of 502 yards on the ground since entering the NFL back in 2012.

But it seems that Cousins is actually thinking of making scrambling a bigger part of his game in 2019, and if he does, it will largely be improvisational:

“I think it’s more off schedule,” Cousins told reporters, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I always felt like that’s a missing element in my game. The ability to not only run for yards but run around and then make throws. I was talking with Fran Tarkenton this winter and Fran said, ‘Kirk, I only ran a 4.90 40[-yard dash]. I wasn’t fast, but I ran around to then be able to throw.’ I play with rhythm and timing, so I’m not trying to play off schedule all the time, but I think I have the ability to run around a little bit and I think I have the arm to make those throws.”

Cousins is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,298 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing 70.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 99.7 in what was his first season with the Vikings. While his numbers looked good, he faced harsh criticism for his inability to connect with his receivers, beat teams with winning records, and for the fact that Minnesota missed the playoffs.

The 30-year-old spent the first six years of his career with the Washington Redskins, making one Pro Bowl. He then landed a lucrative (and widely criticized) deal with the Vikings as a free agent last offseason.