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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

6-3, 214Born: 8-19-1988College: Michigan StateDrafted: Round 4

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Kirk Cousins has been given enough playing time to know that his future is at a backup. Cousins is 2-7 as a career starter, including a 1-4 stint last year in place of an injured Robert Griffin. Cousins main issue is a tendency to force the ball into coverage, resulting in an inflated 4.7% interception rate. The career 59% completion rate belies uneven mechanics, and a particular struggle throwing downfield or handling an aggressive pass rush. Given Griffin's struggles under Jay Gruden, one can't rule out Cousins seeing the field again in 2015 -- but fantasy owners would do well to avoid the temptation of adding him under any circumstance. (August 16)

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2012 WAS 3 33 48 466 4 3 3 22 0
2013 WAS 5 81 155 854 4 7 4 14 0 2
2014 WAS 6 126 204 1710 10 9 7 20 0 2
2015 PROJ-Dodds 7 88 137 * * * 12 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 6 63 105 * * * 11 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 4 61 95 * * * 4 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 2 26 43 * * * 5 * * *

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Latest News

Redskins | No decision on Washington QB starter (Sat Aug 29, 03:40 PM) - Washington Redskins QBs Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III still don't know who will start Week 1, according to a source. It was previously reported that Cousins was expected to start Week 1 over Griffin.

Our View: There are plenty of reporters around that team who indicate that Kirk Cousins is going to start in Week 1 of the regular season. It's seems to be up in the air right now, but we won't be shocked if Cousins is the starter for Washington when the regular season gets here.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins to start Week 1? (Sat Aug 29, 11:24 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is expected to be the starting quarterback for the team's Week 1 game, according to sources.

Our View: Should anyone really be surprised with this news? Robert Griffin has not stayed healthy, and he's in a make-or-break year. The team could be moving to remove him as the starter and give Cousins the chance to prove himself. Washington is a mess right now, and fantasy owners should stay away from this quarterback situation.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins to start Saturday (Sat Aug 29, 10:14 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback for the third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29, since QB Robert Griffin III (concussion) has not been cleared to play.

Our View: Cousins could begin the regular season as the starter if Griffin is not ready. There's a chance the team could just turn to Cousins as their guy even if Griffin comes back from his concussion.
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Redskins | Colt McCoy, Kirk Cousins battling (Fri Aug 21, 07:58 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy replaced QB Robert Griffin III (concussion, shoulder) when he was injured in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 20, not QB Kirk Cousins.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation in deeper leagues. Cousins is expected to be the backup entering the season, but head coach Jay Gruden said it remains an 'open competition' for the backup job.
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Jets | Geno Smith nearly replaced by Kirk Cousins (Fri Aug 21, 12:39 PM) - New York Jets QB Geno Smith was nearly replaced by Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, whom the team would have traded for if they hired Dan Quinn as head coach. Quinn wanted to bring Kyle Shanahan aboard as offensive coordinator, and the tandem sought to acquire Cousins to be the starting quarterback for the Jets.

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