Cousins is a dink-and-dunk quarterback
The granddaddy of them all. This is the one.
When Kirk Cousins is pointed out as an astute, top-12 or so signal-caller, the resistance is often “he dink and dunks his way down the field,” or “he doesn’t launch it.” For followers of Cousins’ career, this sparks Twilight Zone-like emotions.
Deep passing is one of Cousins’ strongest skill sets. In the last four years, Cousins leads the NFL in completions of 25 yards or more (171 such completions). Tom Brady is the next-closest man to Cousins in this metric with 165. A player cannot humanly lead the league in a deep-ball passing parameter such as this – only to be panned as a small-ball or dink-and-dunk thrower of the football. It egregiously disregards common sense. A player can utilize checkdown valves but still heave the ball with success. In fact, good quarterbacks can handle both assignments.
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Cousins also leads the NFL in 50+ yard touchdown passes since the start of 2019. He has six such touchdowns. Not bad for a dink-and-dunker.