1. High – The fumbles were largely curtailed
For a quarterback on a Mike Zimmer-led team, this step in the right direction is vital. Had former Vikings signal-caller Case Keenum not fancied a playground and quasi-reckless brand of play, he may still be the team’s quarterback. All NFL coaches loathe turnovers, but Zimmer in particular does not tolerate them.
In 2017, Kirk Cousins coughed away five fumbles while playing for the Washington Football Team. When he joined the Vikings the following year, he lost a total of seven fumbles. It was a fearful trend.
At least for one season, the worrisome habit has been remedied. Last season, Cousins lost just three fumbles which is a figure that aligns with a “cost of doing business” allowance. Quarterbacks touch the pigskin at least half the time of nearly every game, so some fumbles will happen. Three is significantly more workable than seven.
For context, New York Giants rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones lost 11 fumbles.