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See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights. Just over a month after signing a historic fully guaranteed million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins was already getting down to business.At the forefront was his receiving corps, highlighted by De Sean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder.Jackson established himself as one of the NFL's top vertical threats dating back to the start of his career in 2008 and helped Cousins become one of the league's most productive deep-ball passers that season.Diggs and Thielen elevated themselves into an elite category of wideouts last season while simultaneously elevating at times mediocre quarterback play.Establishing themselves as the league's top receiving duo, they combined for 12 touchdowns and 155 receptions.

Diggs did most of his work out of the slot in 2016 (43 catches, 478 yards) and shifted to a role outside last season whereas Thielen lined up inside more often than not (46 catches, 592 yards) in 2017 and caused mismatches with his speed.

He made 39 of his 94 deep-ball attempts (passes that traveled 20 or more air yards) for an NFL-best 1,359 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2016.

Regularly at the other end of those passes was Jackson, who averaged 17.9 yards per catch and became Cousins' favorite vertical threat.

There are a couple of areas to zero in on in determining how having Thielen and Diggs can take Cousins' game to the next level.

The first goes back to his bread and butter with Jackson: the deep ball.

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