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Basic StatsKirk Cousins's Basic Stats

Kirk Cousins
ADP: 10.7
Bye: 12
Experience: 12
Age: 35.8
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 205
40 Time: 4.93

SPARQx (Rank): 79.30 (15%)
Burst Score (Rank): 104.40 (19%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.55 (44%)
Throw Velocity (Rank): 59.00 (89%)

Injury PredictorKirk Cousins's Injury Guide

Very Low Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024

17.2%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

1.1%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024

1.20

Durability

5.00

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 3, 2009 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Cousins missed 1 game in his 2nd season at Michigan St. with a sprained ankle.
Oct 29, 2023 NFL Pedal Achilles Tear Grade 3 Cousins tore his right Achilles in Week 8 vs. the Packers. He missed the remainder of the 2023 NFL season.

Basic StatsKirk Cousins's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line:

Signing with the Falcons was a best-case scenario for Cousins. He slides onto a team with young, talented weapons in Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and Bijan Robinson.

That said, a 36-year old QB coming off an Achilles tear carries a lot of questions. Cousins is not guaranteed to start Week 1. He also may take some time adjusting to a new offense and receivers due to lack of training camp reps.

That risk is baked into Cousins’ mid-QB2 ADP. We have him slotted similarly in our 2024 QB rankings.

If you are one of the last teams to draft a QB, Cousins is an appropriate upside backup with a low-end QB1 ceiling.

What We Learned Last Year:

  • Cousins finished as the QB24 in total fantasy points (149.7) and QB6 in points per game (18.7).
  • He had five top-10 finishes out of his eight games played. He finished worse than QB12 only twice.
  • He missed the final nine games of the season due to a right Achilles tear.
  • During the eight weeks he played, Cousins led the league in:
    • Passing TDs (18)
    • TD passes over 50 yards (3)
    • 300+ yard passing games (4)
  • He was also second in passing yards (2,231)
  • Cousins saw a drastic improvement in his second year in Kevin O’Connell’s offense. He improved in:
    • Completion rate
    • TD rate
    • INT rate
  • Cousins’ fantasy output was similar with Justin Jefferson playing (18.26 points per game) vs. when Jefferson was out injured (18.86 points per game)
  • Cousins had career bests in:
    • Adjusted Completion Rate (80.5%)
    • Turnover Worthy Play Rate (2.3%)
  • But those were coupled with career worsts in:
    • Average target depth (7.7 yards)
    • Big Time Throw Rate (3.0%)
  • Cousins played behind a very competent O-line that ranked #2 in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking grades.
  • He had the third-best Pro Football Focus passing grade (85.1) in his career, trailing only 2021 and 2019.

What to Expect in 2024:

  • Cousins signed a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons this offseason with $100 million guaranteed. His $45 million per year ranks seventh among QBs.
  • He will play under HC Raheem Morris and first-time OC and play-caller Zac Robinson.
    • Robinson has been on the Rams’ staff since 2019 under Sean McVay, working as the QB coach and pass game coordinator since 2022.
    • Under Robinson, the Rams averaged 628 passes per season.
  • Working back from his Achilles injury, it’s not guaranteed that Cousins will be ready for Week 1.
  • The Falcons drafted Michael Penix Jr. at 8th overall to be the heir apparent to Cousins.
  • Cousins’ new receiving weapons include:
    • Drake London
    • Kyle Pitts
    • Bijan Robinson
    • Darnell Mooney
    • Rondale Moore
  • He should be more supported in the run game. Bijan Robinson (75.1 PFF rushing grade) is a drastic upgrade from Alexander Mattison (70.2).
  • Cousins' offensive line will be similar to his time with the Vikings in terms of pass blocking. Last season, the Falcons had a 74.2 pass-blocking grade from PFF, 4th in the NFL. They ranked just behind the Vikings (74.4).
  • The Falcons are expected to be pretty good. They lead the NFC South with a 9.5 win total at most sportsbooks.
  • This expectation of success is largely due to Cousins joining the team. The Falcons’ Super Bowl odds jumped from +4000 before Cousins to +2800 after he signed.
  • Cousins enters his 13th season at age 36. According to our aging curve research, the average QB with Cousins' career produces at least 90% of his peak value at age 36. Most of those QBs, of course, were not coming off Achilles injuries.

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Kirk Cousins, QB ATL

9:22pm EDT 5/14/24

Kirk Cousins throwing at OTAs after Achilles tear

Falcons QB Kirk Cousins did some light jogging and throwing at Tuesday's OTA session. It's a positive sign as he works back from his October 29 Achilles tear. With about four months to go before the season opener, Cousins is seemingly on track to be cleared for Week 1.

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QB Kirk Cousins posted video on Monday of him dropping back and throwing passes. He's about four months removed from his torn Achilles and has had a setback-free recovery by all accounts. "Encouraged by the progress," Cousins wrote. He and the Vikings are reportedly in talks on a contract extension ahead of March 12, when Cousins' current contract will void. Turning 36 in August and coming off a significant injury, Cousins is a bit of a wildcard heading into 2024. But he remained very effective before last year's injury, completing 69.5% of his passes and ranking fourth in Pro Football Focus passing grade.

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A Monday MRI confirmed that Vikings QB Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles in the Week 8 win over the Packers, NFL Network reports. Cousins will miss the rest of the 2023 season. His contract is set to void in March, and Cousins will turn 36 in August, leaving his football future very uncertain. The Vikings, meanwhile, are left with QBs Jaren Hall and Sean Mannion for now. QB Nick Mullens, who at least has 655 NFL pass attempts under his belt, is eligible to come off IR next week. We'll see if Minnesota makes a move for a free-agent QB or swings a trade before tomorrow's trade deadline. Regardless, Cousins' absence is bad news for all of the team's skill-position players.

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