Kirk Cousins ranked better than league average in CBS QB rankings

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The Falcons easily experienced the most dramatic improvement at the quarterback position this offseason, going from Desmond Ridder to Kirk Cousins.

The former third-round pick’s poor play cost Arthur Smith his job last year, and the new regime didn’t mess around this time, inking Cousins to a $180 million deal in free agency while also investing in the future by taking Michael Penix with their top draft pick.

The Falcons quite literally went from one of the least stable quarterbacks to the most stable. Cousins isn’t the best by any means, but he’s head and shoulders better than what the club had last year.

If you ask CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin, Kirk Cousins is slightly better than league average, 14th in the NFL and 6th in the NFC.

Under pressure to make good on his big free-agent deal after the Falcons ‘ surprise first-round pick of Michael Penix Jr. , Cousins adds much-needed reliability to an ascending Atlanta squad. Going on 36 and coming off an Achilles tear, he still projects as a steady play-action rifle.

Below is the full list:

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Brock Purdy
  3. Josh Allen
  4. Joe Burrow
  5. C.J. Stroud
  6. Lamar Jackson
  7. Jalen Hurts
  8. Dak Prescott
  9. Justin Herbert
  10. Jordan Love
  11. Aaron Rodgers
  12. Tua Tagovailoa
  13. Jared Goff
  14. Kirk Cousins
  15. Trevor Lawrence
  16. Matthew Stafford
  17. Deshaun Watson
  18. Geno Smith
  19. Russell Wilson
  20. Baker Mayfield
  21. Kyler Murray
  22. Will Levis
  23. Caleb Williams
  24. Anthony Richardson
  25. J.J. McCarthy
  26. Derek Carr
  27. Jacoby Brissett
  28. Jayden Daniels
  29. Gardner Minshew
  30. Bo Nix
  31. Bryce Young
  32. Daniel Jones

I actually don’t think this is a horrible list, which is a pleasant surprise because most of the time they’re garbage.

Cousins is arguably a top 5 quarterback in the conference. He was certainly one of the best signal callers across the entire league last year before his season ending injury.

Granted, an Achilles injury isn’t exactly a given to come back from, but Cousins was never a mobile quarterback. He should be just fine behind a solid offensive line with plenty of weapons to distribute the ball.

The fact is the NFC is wide open, and the Falcons have one of the best signal callers in the conference. They’ll have a shot.

Photographer: Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire

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