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Kirk Cousins to use downtime to study up on new Vikings offense

Kirk Cousins last week said his whirlwind offseason thus far has been “a bit like drinking through a fire hose,” given the crash course involved in learning a new offense after signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

With about a month before the Vikings open training camp, Cousins finally will be afforded a little down time. While Cousins intends to decompress a little bit, the 29-year-old signal-caller also plans to stay busy by keeping his nose in the playbook to familiarize himself with so many new offensive concepts, formations, schemes and the like.

“I think the more important level of communication will be between me and the coaches, talking about some philosophy things and how I want plays to be designed,” Cousins said, via ESPN. “I’ll have my iPad with me as I go home, and I’ll spend time every day going back

“All the stuff I didn’t catch, go back through and see that I had starred this, I had checkmarked this as something to go back to when we had time rather than take time when we were so busy.

“… I’m going to go back, I’ll make a list, probably get on the phone with [offensive coordinator] Coach [John] DeFilippo or [quarterbacks] Coach [Kevin] Stefanski and email and just go through it all to get each question answered over the summer.”

It obviously takes more than a few OTAs and a minicamp to get acclimated to an entirely new offense, let alone master it. Cousins clearly understands this and some things he did ahead of the Vikings offseason program indicates there may be other things planned outside of keeping his nose in the playbook.

Cousins previously expressed an eagerness to take ownership of a leadership role with the Vikings but intends to let in happen organically. It goes without saying the Vikings paid big-time to secure Cousins services. It appears he’s ready for the challenge afforded such a huge payday. Perhaps just as encouraging is how Cousins’ patented enthusiasm has also been on full display as well.