4 Vikings players whose stock has risen during the 2020 season

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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Kirk Cousins – QB

Things looked bleak for Kirk Cousins after the Vikings started the 2020 season at 1-5 and saw their quarterback turn in some indifferent performances. However, what we’ve seen from the veteran after the bye week has been highly encouraging.

If you think Cousins is the reason behind Minnesota’s struggles this season, then there is a definite hidden agenda. The former fourth-round pick has been lights out since the bye week – coinciding in a surge in positive results – but now that Minnesota won’t be participating in the postseason, they will undoubtedly see the signal-caller criticized for his play.

That is just the way of the world. But anyone that has seen the Vikings play of late knows that Cousins is not to blame.

The stats would also seem to back this up.

  • 3,860 passing yards
  • 32 touchdowns
  • 13 INTs (3 since the bye)
  • 67.4 completion percentage

What further proof? Then look no further than Cousins’ outstanding 85.1 grade from Pro Football Focus.

It might be time for the Vikings to look at drafting a potential successor for Cousins in the 2021 NFL Draft. But the quarterback deserves a tremendous amount of praise for the way he dug himself out of a pretty deep hole early on to produce another superb season overall.