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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Robert Griffin III is out for at least 4-6 games. Kirk Cousins is perhaps a more malleable pocket passer than Griffin, which is in head coach Jay Gruden's wheelhouse. Cousins will at least have some good matchups to exploit, such as next week's game at Philadelphia, although he is less attractive if former Eagle DeSean Jackson can't go. There is a real chance that Cousins could win this job for good while Griffin is out.

General News (Tue Sep 16): has the skill set suited for what head coach Jay Gruden wants to do with the offense, according to a person with knowledge of Gruden's thinking. Gruden thinks Cousins can succeed in the offense better than Robert Griffin III (ankle), but Gruden understood it would have been impossible to make a quarterback change without Griffin being injured. Gruden was having a hard time getting Griffin to grasp the drop-back passing system the last few months.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Robert Griffin III is out for 4-8 weeks due to a dislocated (but not fractured) ankle, so the Washington offense belongs to Kirk Cousins now. He looked good off the bench last week (22/33 for 250 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown), but Cousins has had problems previously once he becomes officially 'the Man' at quarterback. We'll see how he responds to his elevation as starter this time around, under new offensive coordinator Sean McVay. The Eagles' pass D is ranked 11th so far this year in terms of yards allowed (207.0), but they have coughed up five passing scores in two games vs. one interception generated. Andrew Luck was not sacked last week on the way to 20/34 for 172 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown. Cousins had a hot start to his tenure as starting quarterback. Against the so-so Eagles, this looks like a neutral matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2 vs JAX 22 33 250 2 0 1 -1 0 0
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds 25 38 * * * 3 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay 23 37 * * * 3 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom 22 34 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs JAX (22 / 33 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins once again came in to a game in relief of an injured RG3 and proceeded to light up the scoreboard enroute to a lopsided Washington victory over the Jaguars. Cousins entered the game early in the first quarter after Griffin blew out his left ankle and scored on his first pass of the game to his wide open fullback Darrel Young. The Jacksonville defense could not have made Cousins's throw easier -- there wasn't a defender within 10 yards of Young. Cousins looked extremely comfortable leading Gruden's offense all game, looking crisp on play-fakes and showing very good short range accuracy. With little threat of a pass rush from the Jaguars, Cousins mostly kept his jersey clean by getting the ball out in rhythm to his receivers. Cousins also showed good control of the hurry up offense to end the first half, spreading the ball around to multiple receivers with quick-hitting, accurate throws. The young quarterback demonstrated a rapport with his TE Niles Paul, targeting the converted WR five times in the first half, especially as his first read on hot routes. Cousins was judicious with his deep throws and exhibited great touch on a deep 30 yard pass over the top of the defense to a double-covered Garcon that almost scored, but the receiver was unable to hold on to the ball. Cousin's second TD pass of the evening was a picture-perfect jump ball fade to Niles Paul that showed off the QB's timing and excellent pre-snap recognition. Cousins was unafraid to take shots in the endzone, working the corner fade with multiple receivers. Though Cousins shredded a mostly inept Jaguars defense, he looks like he is a great fit to lead Gruden's West Coast offense should Griffin miss extended time this year.

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Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin could return in eight weeks (Wed Sep 17, 05:11 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could return around eight weeks after head coach Jon Gruden said Griffin will be in a cast for the next 10 days. After that, he'll likely spend four to six weeks rehabbing his dislocated left ankle. QB Kirk Cousins will continue to start in place of Griffin in the meantime.

Our View: Awesome...his season isn't over, but does Griffin come back as the starter? Simply put, Cousins is a better fit for the Jay Gruden system and if he performs well he could hang onto the starting job even when Griffin is healthy.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins better suited for offense? (Mon Sep 15, 05:09 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has the skill set suited for what head coach Jay Gruden wants to do with the offense, according to a person with knowledge of Gruden's thinking. Gruden thinks Cousins can succeed in the offense better than QB Robert Griffin III (ankle), but Gruden understood it would have been impossible to make a quarterback change without Griffin being injured. Gruden was having a hard time getting Griffin to grasp the drop-back passing system the last few months.

Our View: Cousins is a lot like Gruden's former quarterback, Bengals starter Andy Dalton. Both are accurate with weaker arms, but they both have the willingness to challenge the edges of the defense. Griffin is going to be out for some time, so Cousins could essentially cement himself as the starter if he plays well.
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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs New York Giants
5vs Seattle Seahawks
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Tennessee Titans
8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys