Kirk Cousins ranked as NFL’s 7th-best deep passer of 2020

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The stat experts at NFL’s Next Gen Stats put together a list of the league’s deep passers.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ranked seventh on the list, completing 42.9% of his deep passes, 9.1% above of what was expected.

Here’s a bit of what NFL writer Nick Shook wrote about Cousins:

Say what you will about Kirk Cousins, but he finds his way into this space year after year. In fact, Cousins hasn’t budged a single position on this list from last year, and he posted a better CPOE in 2020 at +9.1 percent (up from +6.4 in 2019). His passer rating was slightly lower, dropping from 121.5 to 114.6, and his TD-to-INT ratio went from 9:1 in 2019 to 8:2 in 2020. The statistics illustrate a quarterback who is about as steady as they come when looking downfield, even after his offense changed coordinators with the departure of Kevin Stefanski last offseason.

Cousins also threw for 35 touchdowns in 2020, which was a career-high. Even with those stats, the Vikings won just seven games.

Aaron Rodgers, who came in at No. 4, was the only other player in the NFC North on the list.