“But it’s also how he’s developed into a leader of this football team. I know I’ve sat in a couple quarterback meetings where they’re sitting in there going over the game, and just sitting there listening to him talk, and being critical of himself and how he can improve. He’s always looking to try and get better. It’s pretty fascinating to sit there and listen to him sitting there breaking down game tape, and how important this is to him.”
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been working to try and get acclimated in the team’s offense this offseason, and as training camp approaches, he knows he needs to balance the work and rest to ensure he gets 100% in sync with his new team.
“It’s a bit like drinking through a firehose right now,” Cousins said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Ben Goessling.
“I need to use the five or six weeks of the summer to go back. All the stuff I didn’t catch, go back through and see that I had starred this, I had check-marked this as something to go back to when we had time, rather than take time when we were so busy. I’ll make a list, probably get on the phone with coach [John] DeFilippo or give coach [Kevin] Stefanski an email and just go through it all to get each question answered over the summer.”
Cousins knows all to well the importance of balancing the work with rest, but feels he has honed in on the right mix to get to the right place.
“It’s a balance for me, and I’ve had to learn this after playing the last few years,” Cousins said. “Last year we got to like Week Two, and because of how much I was grinding all camp and even in the summer, I felt like we were in Week 12. I couldn’t believe that we were only in Week Two because I had treated July and August like it was game day. You have to pace yourself a little bit.
“Because I feel a little behind the eight ball and am learning the offense, I do need to be in it every day, but there also needs to be a healthy balance of getting away, catching your breath, and getting a change of scenery, knowing that when we come back at the end of July we still have six more weeks before Week One. I’ll definitely get away, relax, and also just stay in it every day for a few minutes so I don’t lose what I’ve gained.”
Vikings’ Ameer Abdullah Willing to Do Whatever it Takes
Minnesota Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah was recently signed following his cut from the Detroit Lions, mainly due to his failure to justify the Lions’ draft investment in him and his inability to build off a solid rookie season.
Now in Minnesota, with a fresh start, Abdullah says he is willing to do whatever the team asks of him.
“Life is amazingly unpredictable,” Abdullah said earlier this week, during an appearance on 1500ESPN. “Excited to be here. It’s a great team, great culture, great atmosphere. Ironically in the same division. Everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited to be here in Minnesota.”
Abdullah knows it will be a battle to get carries, with veterans such as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray in the backfield with him.
“I’m entering a backfield with a lot of talent with Dalvin and Latavius and all of the guys who have been here,” Abdullah said. “Just to come in today and see these guys welcome me the way they have, it does a lot for my confidence, it does a lot for my focus. I’m ready to work. Anything the Vikings ask me to, I’m willing to do.”
Vikings’ Rick Spielman Says Kirk Cousins Has Been ‘Phenomenal’
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Speilman is feeling pretty good about the massive free agent contract that the team inked veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins to during the offseason, saying that the highly sought after Cousins has been “phenomenal” this season.
“I think Kirk not only has done extremely well in how he’s performed, especially when he’s been getting pressured in the pocket, but you see some of the throws that he makes in games, those are some throws that are unique,” Spielman said, according to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “There’s not a lot of people who can make those type of throws.”
Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions loss to the Minnesota Vikings, putting them at 3-5 and last in the NFC North division.
1. The offensive line got beat from the start of the game
The offensive line for the Lions gave up a total of 10 sacks. That was a franchise record for the Vikings and they were getting to Matthew Stafford from the start of the game. It was a combination of Stafford hanging onto the ball too long as well as the line just collapsing against the pass rush. When you give up that many sacks in a game, it is very difficult to overcome and win.
2. Golden Tate is already missed
It was clear that the Lions needed Tate on offense after watching this game. The Lions wide receivers had a tough time getting open all game and it showed when Stafford would hang onto the ball too long and get sacked. This was the case all game and was a clear reason why the Lions were only held to nine points.
3. The play calling on offense and defense was predictable at times
There were multiple occasions on offense when even I could predict what was getting called. Screen passes were the trend of the offense this week and every time this play got called, it led to negative yardage. The same can be said on defense too when there were moments where you could tell the defense was either running man to man or zone defense. In the moments where the Lions were running man to man, Kirk Cousins read it with ease and would pick up the 1st downs.
This was a big game for the Lions this week and they looked terrible. The offense struggled all game and in turn, it hurt the defense because they had to try and make up for it. Things are starting to go south for the Lions and a game against the Bears in Chicago next week isn’t a good sign of things to come. While the division is still up for grabs even after this week, trying to go from last to first in a span of a few games almost sounds impossible but this team has been unpredictable all year.
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