Asked about Justin Jefferson‘s MVP candidacy following a nine-catch, 186-yard, two-touchdown performance, Cousins broke character for a moment before quickly putting MVP conversations to rest with the season still young.
“Yes, they were,” Cousins said, acknowledging fans chanting “MVP” in regard to Jefferson.
“So he is an MVP candidate?” Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press replied.
“If they made the decision after Week 1, I’d think he’d have to be in the conversation. There’s a lot of weeks left, Chris. We’re going to do this a lot more, you and me…,” Cousins replied.
— Heavy On Vikings (@HeavyOnVikings) September 15, 2022
It was a candid moment from the veteran quarterback who has maintained a message of consistency toward Jefferson since the third-year star receiver arrived in the league.
However, Jefferson’s time may be on the horizon, evidenced by Cousins’ grin.
Kirk Cousins Praises Justin Jefferson’s Ability to Finish
Live footage from NFL films captured a candid moment between Cousins and Jefferson that’s emblematic of their relationship over the past three seasons.
Jefferson asked Cousins,” You like that one,” after he took a catch from the Packers’ 19-yard line to the end zone, stepping around one defender and diving through another to push Minnesota’s lead to 17 points before halftime.
bold strategy by the packers to leave justin jefferson this wide open pic.twitter.com/9oW73jt8vp
— johnny trash (@theMATThatter__) September 11, 2022
“What I really like is the finish, man. Not a lot of guys would be able to make that six points,” Cousins replied on the sidelines. “You just get us off the field man, great job finishing.”
— Brev (@brevmanbane) September 15, 2022
Kirk Cousins is the Same Guy on the Field and at the Podium
Speaking in his press conference after the game, Cousins elaborated on the conversation he had with Jefferson.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 12, 2022
“I just wanted to affirm him on what he’s done since 2020, among other things, there is a specific …read more