Vikings’ Cousins Will Tell WR Doctson To “Be Ready” Against Atlanta

Hey, Josh. Remember that ONE play we ran in Washington?

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New Viking receiver Josh Doctson will play his first game with QB Kirk Cousins two years after his first in 2017.   Does their experience together give Minnesota real added value?

When the Laquon Treadwell was drafted out of Ole Miss by Minnesota, the idea was to put a player on the field that made athletic catches of well-placed passes–most especially in the red zone.

To say that Treadwell disappointed in his role as the potential catcher of these throws is a significant understatement.

Trying to even remember Treadwell’s targets in the red zone during his time in Minnesota take some doing.

Needless to say he did not win the confidence of former offensive coordinator Pat Schumer or quarterback Case Keenum in 2017, nor did he endear himself to John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins in 2018

Treadwell has now gone.  Potentially taking his place is one Josh Doctson, another guy whose draft pedigree was that of an aggressive and athletic receiver. 

Whether or not Doctson can succeed where Treadwell failed (or wasn’t given the chance to try), will start with Kirk Cousins.

“It’s hard to bring someone in who I have no reps with and expect them, with two or three days of practice, to jump in,” Cousins said of Doctson after Doctson’s first days of practice with the team, “but (if) you have a longer relationship, I think that makes a big difference, and I think he does have some special skill sets that we can use to our advantage.”

Man With The Red Hand

Of the six Redskins’ touchdowns Cousins threw to Doctson in 2017, one was a bomb that the receiver fought for and won, another was a bomb TD on a blown coverage, and the other four were red zone passes where Doctson beat coverage and made plays on the ball.

Finding such things as red zone success just got brighter in Minnesota with Doctson added to the Vikings’ receiving corps.

Considering the Vikings will often find themselves in three-receiver sets with one tight end in one running back (11 personnel), or three-receiver sets with a tight end and two running backs (12 personnel), the options of a vertical passing game available to Kirk Cousins beyond Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will most likely be TE Kyle Rudolph and whomever is the number three wide receiver.

If Doctson finds himself in such an opportunity, he may be facing a chess match in defensive zone coverage, or a simple checkers match in man coverage–probably against Atlanta’s weakest cornerback.

Because of their experience playing together, such a scenario may reduce the football field into the proverbial ‘boys game in the backyard’ for Cousins and his old teammate.  

Maybe for a play.  Maybe two or three.

“Get Open”

Everyone who’s played this game of football, in yards and kids leagues and on high school fields, have seen the quarterback–after a play call–give a last glance at a teammate and whisper to him, “be ready.”

In the scrum of the snap, the mesh of bodies and the diagram of options that come out of it, a quarterback sometimes sees or senses something about to happen and puts the ball in the air without thinking too much about it.

Indeed, Viking receiver Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs gave Cousins that opportunity at times in 2018,  but because the Minnesota offensive line did not consistently hold back the tide of opposing defenses, it was not often enough.

If there is improvement there–and there absolutely has to be–new Viking Josh Doctson and may give this quarterback another guy to trust in that last split-second he has to make a decision.

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    Doctson does bring an opportunity to have success where Treadwell failed, but I’ll be waiting to see the proof in the pudding. It’s not that I think he can’t do it, but he’ll be the 4th, 5th, or maybe 6th receiving option most of the time until he can show he can do it. Really hope my skepticism is wrong and he absolutely destroys the redzone though because I think he does have skils to do it.

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    What a shame that he just got a scratch in the game. Really wanted to see a few targets for him.

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    I think they have a plan for in vs GB ~ I do not believe we will see the Vikings run the ball 38 times and throw only 10 times ~ Oh it might start out that way to draw that 8th man into the box ~ But after they catch the Packers biting on the run the game plan will change and { should } catch the Pack sleeping a bit ~ I can see Doctson running deep on a hand full of mid to deep passes as he gets used to the Vikings playbook ~ It will most likely take him a few weeks to start getting the playbook down ~ I know he isn’t going to be the next speed burner but he has enough size and speed to help take pressure off of Thielen & Diggs ~ Hopefully, Beebe & Johnson take a step forward as well ~ Diggs did not look 100% today in what time I spent watching him while playing with the Grandkids ~ It was a busy day `A Great day to boot ~

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    I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see Doctson for a month.

    He has to earn those reps over Chad and Bisi who have put in the work.

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    You could be right ~ Everything for us fans is always a guessing game ~ Sure would be nice if one of us could be a fly on the wall so we could report back to other her in some secret part of the site to let others know what to expect~Yeah I know it could never work out that way but we can dream can’t we ~ LOL

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    Unbelievable

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