The Vikings are locked into the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs and are already likely not playing Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison. Minnesota will be traveling to one of Seattle, New Orleans OT Green Bay, most likely one of the first two, so they want to get some rest before hitting the road. Sean Mannion would start at quarterback if Cousins sits.
Dalvin Cook's explosive playmaking abilities are the cornerstone of the Vikings' system and have boosted quarterback Kirk Cousins' play. What Cook has accomplished in 2019 -- his first healthy season in three -- is what the Vikings envisioned when they traded up to draft him 41st overall in 2017.
Before the season, Minnesota recommitted to a running game that struggled in 2018. The Vikings ranked 30th in yards (1,493), 27th in carries (357) and 25th in yards per carry (4.18). This season, a revitalized zone-blocking scheme has produced the fifth-highest output in running back yards (4.80) and open-field yards, defined as when a team's running back earns more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, the story added.
Thielen said it takes a long time to get on the same page with a quarterback and that you're always working on it. He added it's about the QB understanding what receivers are good at, like body control or a jump ball player. It could mean more efficient seasons for both Thielen and Diggs as well as Cousins, which is a scary thought as both WRs were over 1,000 yards and each caught nine TDs a year ago.
Vikings beat writer Chris Tomasson tweets, "QB Kirk Cousins: "Chad Beebe is another guy who I just think will make a major difference for our offense this year.''
Camp buzz for Chad Beebe has been strong so far and it looks as though he all but has the Vikings slot position wrapped up. Minnesota will look to run a bit more than they did last season and Beebe won't be a high-volume target, but his presence could push Adam Thielen to the outside more. Thielen thrives in the slot, so he'll still spend time there, but if Beebe works out, we could see Thielen's slot snaps scaled back, hurting his overall upside. Beebe's value is good compared to his ADP at the moment, but he'll likely need to be in a deep league to pay dividends.