4. Low – Cousins lost a primary pass-catching target
Unless you’re a conspiracy theorist (they’re out there), this event was out of Kirk Cousins’ control.
Stefon Diggs emerged as Cousins’ top target in 2019 once fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen was injured against the Detroit Lions. Diggs stepped up with vigor. The previously-mentioned spat with the team was swept under the rug, a Kumbaya was litigated, and Diggs had one of the best campaigns to date in his five-year career.
The peace was short-lived as Diggs sent out signals that his dismay with the organization was ongoing. He appeared to use song lyrics as code for his disillusionment with the Vikings. This tactic continued all the way up until the day he was traded to Buffalo Bills for four future draft picks.
About five weeks after the Vikings divorced Diggs, they selected wideout Justin Jefferson from LSU in the 2020 NFL draft. In time, he figures to be Diggs’ replacement.
On Cousins, he will embark on the third year of his Vikings tenure with Adam Thielen as the unequivocal WR1, and Stefon Diggs will play about 900 miles eastward.