Kirk Cousins knows he needs to deliver after disappointing initial season with Vikings

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As weeks and months have distanced him from his inaugural season in Minnesota, Kirk Cousins has gotten out in the community more.

Whether the quarterback finds himself at an area function, church gathering or even the grocery store, he always runs into Vikings fans. But none of them have mentioned the elephant in the room.

“They call it ‘Minnesota nice’ for a reason,” Cousins explained to USA TODAY Sports. “Face-to-face, fans were always so great to me, and so great to my family.”

The Vikings’ faithful certainly could remind Cousins that his signing in the spring of 2018 was supposed to have elevated the squad that fell in the 2018 NFC Championship Game to the Super Bowl in 2019. They could chide him for the Vikings instead going 8-7-1 while missing the playoffs.

Kirk Cousins threw for 4,298 yards and 30 touchdowns in his first season with the Vikings. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports)

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