What can the Minnesota Vikings expect from their new-look receiving corps?
The panic button was pressed repeatedly when the Minnesota Vikings decided to trade Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills in March. But that anxiety will turn out to be unnecessary. If the Vikings had a no-frills quarterback at the helm, losing a talent the caliber of Diggs would be frightening.
But fortunately for Minnesota’s sake, the team does not have a middling signal-caller. Instead, they have Kirk Cousins starting under center.
Cousins will not be name-dropped in conversations with Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson, but he doesn’t need to be. He has a documented history of putting up impressive numbers with average-to-decent playmakers around him.
With Washington in 2017, Cousins tallied 4,093 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. He did so with a pass-catching group that consisted of guys like Jamison Crowder, Vernon Davis, Ryan Grant, Josh Doctson, and Terrelle Pryor.
This was not an upper-echelon group. In addition to Cousins’ lack of receiving weapons with Washington in 2017, running back Samaje Perine was the team’s leading rusher with just 603 rushing yards. Yes, 603 yards.
Cousins was able to be quite productive with Washington’s lackluster playmakers and he will do it again in 2020 if he has to. So what are a few things that should be expected from the group of Vikings pass-catchers Cousins will utilize in 2020?