Kirk Cousins opens up about rookie center’s sweaty backside
The center-quarterback exchange is among the most important, yet underemphasized, component of a functional offense. For the Minnesota Vikings, it sounds like there are some awkward issues between signal-caller Kirk Cousins and rookie center Garrett Bradbury that the duo will need to resolve before the regular season kicks off.
Following a humid training camp practice on Wednesday, Cousins opened up about first-round pick Bradbury’s … excessively sweaty backside.
So I asked Kirk Cousins what he's looking to see from #Vikings rookie center Garrett Bradbury on Friday night.— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) August 7, 2019
"The moment of truth, Friday night." pic.twitter.com/cJfhnHXjVS
“I’m going to take it back to how much he sweats again,” Cousins said of Bradbury’s posterior perspiration, per the Star-Tribune. “He promises it’s not a problem in games, but it remains to be seen because his shorts today were soaked.
“He says it’s not a problem on game days, so the moment of truth Friday night. But apparently you know they keep these domes air conditioned. You get a break on the bench with those cooling fans. I’m hoping that really helps.
“That’s a big thing I’m going to take away from Friday night, was how tough was it to grip the ball after he snaps it to me? If it is tough, we might be in pistol and shotgun all year, which coach [Gary] Kubiak and Kevin [Stefanski] wouldn’t like very much.”
As Cousins mentions in his arguably awkward commentary, the hope is that Bradbury’s sweat issues won’t become an ongoing problem, especially during games.
That said, it stands to reason that a massive man who comes in at 6-foot-3 and 306 pounds would perspire a lot in the heat and humidity. Still, odds are the Vikings will figure out how to navigate the issue and ultimately come up with a sensible solution.
Perhaps the application of a heavy dose of some kind of starchy, absorbent powder could be implemented. Whatever the case, the fact that a sweaty backside is among the bigger stories out a team’s training camp illustrates there’s always something crazy going on in the wacky world of the NFL.