Kirk Cousins Surprising Moves Shows Off Ankle Health
If Rashan Gary had his way, rookie Kenneth Odumegwu would have all the minutes he needs to fully realize his potential for the Green Bay Packers. Of course, that can become a reality, especially if the Nigerian-born linebacker finds a way to take a leap next season.
Born in the Anambra state of southeast Nigeria, Odumegwu found himself playing for the Packers’ practice squad in 2023 as an international exemption. This occurred because of several tryouts and combines that led him to play for Green Bay.
For his part, Gary was a top recruit in college football and knows something about becoming better in the NFL. The linebacker took Odumegwu under his wing during the past season and taught him what he knows to improve.
Fortunately, the young rookie soaked in all that he could to get better from the veterans around him, Gary included. His first season in Green Bay secured a reserve/futures contract that can lead Odumegwu to greater heights if he works hard for his future in the NFL.
Rashan Gary Raves About Kenneth Odumegwu’s Potential for the Green Bay Packers
Along with earning the respect of his teammates, Odumegwu made such a leap since his 14-snap appearance in a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Gary shares his thoughts about the rookie in this article posted on the Packers’ official website:
“His get-off got 10 times faster,” Gary said. “I don’t want to tell his moves, but he’s got two special moves that if he keeps working, he could tear some of our tackles up coming back in camp. I’m loving his progression. I love his effort. He loves being around the guys. He really doesn’t take it for granted.”
With that kind of talent, there are a lot of reasons to be excited about Odumegwu’s future with the Packers. When the new campaign starts, a lot of eyes will definitely be on the rookie, along with Jordan Love’s progression after a breakout season this year.
Kirk Cousins Ankle Health
Most would not know that Kirk Cousins was capable of such rhythmic moves, especially after his injury this past season. Only 101 days ago Kirk Cousins ruptured his Achilles on the playing field.
Cousins injured his ankle on October 29th in a win over the Green Bay Packers. He was able to have surgery 3 days later. “The 35-year-old quarterback tore his Achilles tendon during the Oct. 29 win over the Green Bay Packers. He had surgery three days later. He will miss the rest of the season on injured reserve”
He recently showed off his scar on the Pat McAfee show.
Cousins has commented on multiple formats that he wasn’t sure if he would play again, or what his career held next, but is very optimistic on what the future holds.
“Cousins was a guest on The Adam Schefter Podcast Tuesday and said, “One thought went through my head, ‘Will I ever play football again?’ You know, I’m an older guy, free agent, is there a market? I didn’t know. I believe I will, and I believe it will be there but you wonder.” All of this according to SI.com.
What will the Minnesota Vikings do next?
Kirk has stated he wants to return “Honestly, I’d love to be back in Minnesota. But even Minnesota, those conversations don’t start yet. It’s more late February, early March,” Cousins said. “Until we can get to March 1 maybe, maybe a little after that, you just don’t really expect much.”
Kirk was playing at a high level the past 2 season under head coach Kevin O’Connell. They’ve both stated how they have helped each other in the process of O’Connell taking over, as well as Kirk’s growth in the offense.
Reports state that Kirk will demand close to 90 million dollars guaranteed over 2 years. There will be a high demand for a veteran pro bowl quarterback, so we shall see what the market demands.