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3 Disappointing Vikings Who Need to Step Up in 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Laquon Treadwell #11 of the Minnesota Vikings runs after his catch against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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In 2018, the Minnesota Vikings went into the year with championship aspirations fresh off signing Kirk Cousins to a contract with $84 million guaranteed over three years. Instantly, however, Cousins regressed to the average quarterback he'd been in years past, they fired their offensive coordinator, and slumped to a disappointing 8-7-1 record. To prevent another disappointing season, these three Vikings need to start playing up to their talent.

3. K Dan Bailey

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 25: Dan Bailey #5 of the Minnesota Vikings sits on the field after missing a field goal at the end of the second quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings | Hannah Foslien

This is the most accurate kicker in NFL history? After cutting fifth-round pick Daniel Carlson following three misses against the Packers, Minnesota signed former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey. He proceeded to miss seven of his 28 kicks, including going a paltry 5-of-11 from 40+ yards out. Carlson, meanwhile, hit 16 of his 17 kicks as an Oakland Raider. Of course he did. Minny needs to see far more from Bailey this season.

2. WR Laquon Treadwell

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 16:  Laquon Treadwell #11 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Vikings and the Packers tied 29-29 after overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers | Jonathan Daniel

You ever wonder why Day 2 receiving talents like Kelvin Harmon fall to the late sixth round? Because no team wants to draft another slower receiver like Treadwell. The former first-round pick still can't separate from NFL corners, as was evidenced by his 302-yard season as the No. 3 wideout in a pass-happy offense this year. It's Year 4 now, and we're still waiting for the Treadwell breakout.

1. QB Kirk Cousins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears v Minnesota Vikings | Hannah Foslien

A 70.1 percent completion percentage, 4,298 yards and a 30-10 TD/INT ratio sounds nice, but watching the games revelas that those numbers were inflated by an offense that wanted to throw the ball 50 times every game, great receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and some garbage-time padding. Minnesota paid him this money to be an elite quarterback who can lead a playoff team, not a stat padder who is 4-24 against winning teams and 12-23-2 on the road. Enough is enough.