Vikings’ Zimmer: ‘I think Kirk [Cousins] had a really good spring’

Year 2 for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in Minnesota is a big one. Last season, Cousins came to Minnesota with the hope that he can be the team’s franchise QB, and anytime you sign a three-year, $84 million deal, the expectations are going to be very high.

Unfortunately, the Vikings missed the playoffs last season. When you are the quarterback, you get too much of the credit, and you get too much of the blame, which was the case for Cousins last season. Fortunately, for Cousins, he has another chance to right the ship, and it seems he is off to a good start.

On Thursday, the Vikings concluded mandatory minicamp, and Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was pleased about what he saw out of Cousins this spring.

“I think Kirk [Cousins] had a really good spring,” Zimmer said. “I think he did some really good things and some of the things that we felt like he needed to work on, he was working on them. We gave him a lot of different looks, things that people attacked us with their defenses last year.

“We put some stuff in just so we can get some earlier looks at it and not wait until Week One when we’re playing Atlanta or whatever. It’s like every player, there’s certain ways you want things done, and you’re going to coach them into doing those things. They’re all really receptive to coaching and the way that you try to get them better, and that’s really what we try to do with everybody.”

Cousins(4298 passing yards, 30 TDs) was not bad for the Vikings last season. However, he is 34-37-2 as a starter, and Minnesota was 8-7-1 last season. So, after seven seasons in the NFL, is Cousins better than average or is he the epitome of average.

We’ll answer that question sometime in 2019.

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