Kirk Cousins is a limiting factor for the Vikings and Lamar Jackson raises the ceiling
Just looking at the box scores and the stat sheets overall, many a person has been fooled into thinking that Minnesota Vikings quarterback is one of the best in the league at the position. He puts up numbers and, though it has been a bit inconsistent, the truth of the matter is that he’s won a lot of games.
Watching Cousins in Week 17 against Green Bay, however, there wasn’t a person alive who felt confident in him. Yes, he wasn’t done any favors behind a patchwork offensive line that was getting blown up routinely against the Packers, but even then, it felt as if Cousins being under center took away any chance of winning a crucial game from the moment he made his first throw.
That’s not an uncommon feeling from the Vikings and their signal-caller in recent years. And this is despite him playing with one of the best young receivers in the NFL, Justin Jefferson, and an overall good offense. The quarterback is the limiting factor, which is why many have suggested Minnesota moving on from Cousins and searching for an upgrade in order to raise the team’s ceiling with the talent in the building.
Lamar Jackson is the player that could do that. His rushing ability would open a new element of the offense and the talent around him on the Vikings would open the door for him to play with the most weapons he has in his entire career. It could be a match made in heaven and the opportunity for Minnesota to claim firm control of a soon-to-be wide-open NFC North with looming changes in Green Bay.