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QB Kirk Cousins - Washington Redskins

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

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General News (Tue Feb 2): is expected to be re-signed this offseason, and general manager Scot McCloughan prefers signing him to a long-term deal instead of giving their quarterback the franchise tag. A long-term deal would be in the $17-20 million range, according to McCloughan, while Washington would have to pay Cousins about $20 million if they were to tag him.

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17 at DAL 24 12 15 176 3 0 0 0 0 0 20.8
18 vs GB 0 29 46 329 1 0 2 2 1 1 23.65

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 18 vs GB (29 / 46 / 329 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins was bogged down with inconsistency in this game. This game turned into somewhat of a shootout which Kirk isn't quite ready for in this stage of development. Kirk looked sharp on his second possession of the game after quickly going 3 and out. The throw he made to DeSean Jackson should have been a touchdown but DeSean failed to cross the ball over the pylon. As a result, they failed to score after coming up empty on 3 consecutive plays and having to settle for a field goal. Kirk had a tough time all day dealing with pressure and ball security. Luckily he only lost one of his three fumbles. He showed plenty fight as he orchestrated an opening drive touchdown in the second quarter. He found his favorite target Jordan Reed over the middle for a 25 yard score. This was his only touchdown pass on the day as he found himself struggling to keep up with Aaron Rodgers once the Packers got rolling. There were many times it appeared Kirk was skittish in the pocket if his primary read didn't get open. Therefore, he took sacks and made errant throws while not having better pocket presence. He never stepped up in the pocket to follow through on throws or went through his progressions well enough to keep drives alive. Kirk looked like a quarterback that is still developing and wasn't quite ready for the big stage.

2015 Week 17 vs DAL (12 / 15 / 176 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins only played one quarter but that was all he needed to stay sharp. He wasn't going to play much due to the fact that their playoff berth was already in stone. Kirk completed his first 7 passes and threw 3 touchdowns in 1 quarter of action. He went 12 for 15 overall and the highlight for him was a perfect 39 yard touchdown pass to Pierre garcon in stride down the sideline. He also connected with Jamison Crowder and Ryan Grant on short touchdown passes in the red zone. Kirk ran the offense efficiently and looked ready for a postseason run based on how firm a grasp he has of the Washington offense. As usual, he was precise on the quick pass attack that seems to fit him well.

2015 Week 16 vs PHI (31 / 46 / 365 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / -4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins took full advantage of a porous Eagles secondary. Kirk has been one of the hottest quarterbacks in recent weeks and it continued in Philadelphia. He was fairly accurate throughout the game as he threw four touchdowns. Kirk's decisiveness with the football was most impressive in this game as he spread the wealth to seven different receivers. He also kept his turnovers at zero for consecutive games. However, he was fortunate to not have a turnover as he threw a horrendous pass in the red zone at the end of the first half that was dropped by an Eagles defender. Kirk followed that play up with a brain freeze move of taking a knee with no timeouts remaining and left with no points on the board. That was his only blemish on the night for this game. The Eagles made a point to stop the run and put the game in Kirk's hands but he answered all game converting on third downs and consistently making the correct reads. The most impressive play of the night for Kirk was when he dropped a dime of a throw to Pierre Garcon in the 4th quarter to seal the game. The throw was a fade route to the corner of the end zone over two defenders that landed right in Garcon's hands in stride. This was a huge test for Kirk on the road where he has often struggled but he played with confidence and composure.

2015 Week 15 vs BUF (22 / 28 / 319 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins played his best game of the year at the most critical time in the season. He completed his first nine passes and put together touchdown drives on Washington's first three possessions. This was the second consecutive week Kirk has orchestrated a touchdown drive on the team's opening possession. Kirk also managed to score on a quarterback keeper from 13 yards out as well. Kirk distributed the ball well in this game as he got it to the main playmakers while also sprinkling in passes to role players. He only missed on 6 out of 28 passes so the precision and accuracy was great as he looked dialed in. Kirk's two best throws of the day were the 77 yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson in which in intentionally underthrew the ball to allow DeSean to stop and run back to it to gain yards after the catch. The other pass was to Jordan Reed in which he found his tight end up the seam on a skinny post route to beat the zone coverage. It was also another game Kirk stayed away from turnovers which allows the offense to stay on schedule. Kirk is peaking at the right time, but he will need to take this act on the road in order for his hot play to be truly validated.

2015 Week 14 vs CHI (24 / 31 / 300 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a solid game by his standards as he guided Washington to a much needed win. Kirk's day started out well as he organized a game opening drive for a touchdown. It looked as if he threw a touchdown to Jordan Reed, but upon further review he was down at the 1 yard line. Therefore, the following play went to Alfred Morris to cap off the touchdown drive. Kirk distributed the ball well as he found 9 different players for a reception on the day. He also followed up his game opening drive touchdown with another one on his second possession. He was accurate on an 8+ play drive that ended him using play action to run it into the end zone himself from 5 yards out. Per usual, he found a way to make it interesting as he turned the ball over in his own territory late third quarter. That resulted in Chicago being able to tie the game up. Fortunately Washington was able to muster up a field goal early 4th quarter because they went the next 3 possessions without tallying any points. Kirk manufactured just enough offense to preserve the victory.

2015 Week 13 vs DAL (22 / 31 / 219 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins performance on Monday night sputtered with subpar play. Kirk's inability to sustain drives was the main reason the offense sputtered. The running game was highly inconsistent which led to Kirk needing to make more plays and that put him in uncomfortable situations. He normally thrives off of play action and quick passes but with the running game being unreliable Kirk struggled. The Cowboys also brought constant pressure which Kirk doesn't manage well either so that was another contributing factor to his lack of effectiveness. However, Kirk did show good poise when orchestrating a game tying drive late in the game where he made multiple accurate throws to several receivers. He capped off the drive with a 28yard pass to DeSean Jackson that laid out beautifully for him to run under for the score. Overall, the pressure of the Cowboys defense and an inconsistent rushing attack hampered Kirk's ability to flourish in this game.

2015 Week 12 vs NYG (20 / 29 / 302 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 1 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had one of his typical inconsistent days, but did just enough to preserve the win. In the box score it shows that Kirk didn't have a turnover but he actually avoided two horrendous throws. One of the throws he made was early first quarter that would have been an interception returned for six points if the defender catches the ball. Kirk kept drives alive with timely throws in the quick passing game. His lone touchdown pass came in the 2nd quarter when he found DeSean Jackson for a 63 yard bomb in stride past two defensive backs. Kirk was still erratic on throws when under pressure or on the run but managed to make enough positive throws to balance out the bad. Kirk was fortunate to not have any mistakes based on some of his poor decision making. However, avoiding those mistakes this game ultimately helped seal the victory.

2015 Week 11 vs CAR (22 / 30 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins found himself in plenty trouble this Sunday trying to generate offense. He often struggled against pressure and didn't convert on third downs. He had 3 turnovers total as one of them was a brutal interception in which he overthrew Desean Jackson who was wide open. Errant throws and inability to sustain drives via the run game were a great hindrance to Kirk's performance. Kirk's only touchdown pass of the day came in the first quarter on a beautiful deep throw to Desean Jackson.

2015 Week 10 vs NO (20 / 25 / 324 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins took full advantage of a porous defense and awful tackling. This was quite evident by his perfect passer rating and the fact that 263 of his 324 total yards thrown were yards after the catch. Kirk was in full command of the offense all day as he orchestrated an opening drive touchdown that established a tempo right from the start. He had four touchdowns on the day and none of the throws went over 10 yards. The quick passing game that Washington features was beneficial for this game. It was hard to get a full read on Kirk's performance in this game due to him facing nearly zero adversity. However, he kept the offense on schedule throughout the game and consistently put guys in productive situations. He only had five incompletions for the day but those mainly came on passes traveling down the field. Overall, Kirk led a clean game plan that included no turnovers.

2015 Week 9 vs NE (22 / 40 / 217 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a rough day generating any offense against a team that demands your best performance. Washington only had 15 total yards in the first quarter and was down by 14 points before they even ran 2 plays. Kirk only had 217 yards passing and his longest completion came in the 2nd quarter on a play to Pierre Garcon. Kirk didn't get much help as Washington had about 7 or 8 drops that ultimately stalled or altered numerous drives. Kirk's lone touchdown came in garbage time as he found Jordan Reed on a 3 yard pass with 25 remaining in the game. This game wasn't completely on Kirk as they were dominated by time of possession and drops. Therefore, it was even more imperative to maximize opportunities when having the football.

2015 Week 7 vs TB (33 / 40 / 317 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins showed major grit and poise in this game despite his usual inconsistent ways. Normally large deficits can spell doom for Washington and Kirk Cousins, but in this game he made some big plays to help turn this game around. Kirk didn't put any points on the board until late 2nd quarter as there were multiple stalled drives and a fumble that kept the Redskins blank. Finally, late in the 2nd quarter Kirk scored on a read option quarterback keeper from the 5 yard line. Normally a high volume of passes isn't ideal for Kirk but he was forced into such action on the day as he tallied 40 passes. It was even more impressive considering his completion rate was well over 60 percent. Kirk went on to organize drives in which they scored 21 unanswered points. Kirk's highlight of the day was orchestrating a game winning drive with 2:18 to go in the game. Kirk made 11 straight completions to four different players in that span. He clearly had a sense of confidence as he stood tall in the pocket completing passes under duress several times on the last drive. The drive was capped off by finding Jordan Reed in the end zone on a slant much like they executed earlier in the game.

2015 Week 6 vs NYJ (25 / 43 / 196 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a lousy day against the Jets even though he started the day 8-8 passing the ball. Kirk was playing against an elite defense that didn't even allow him to throw for over 200 yards. Granted, he was missing two of his top weapons in tight end Jordan Reed and receiver Desean Jackson but he was still abysmal. Kirk's only bright spot for the day was capitalizing off a turnover to march the team down and score off a 2 yard slant pass to Garcon. He also put together a solid drive to get a field goal before the 1st half ended. However, that was the last we'd see of good play from him. Once the Jets stampeded out to 24 straight points in the 2nd half it put Kirk in the most uncomfortable of spots. He had to make plays with his arm and that isn't his strong suit. Kirk was wildly inaccurate going down field and threw two awful interceptions in the 3rd quarter. Kirk threw a total of 43 passes on the day with less than 200 yards so that is a clear indication as to how ineffective he was this game.

2015 Week 5 vs ATL (21 / 32 / 219 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins performed well in this game, but as usual he had some untimely mistakes. He managed the game well with a solid balance of the run game used to set up the pass. One thing that was better this game as opposed to the last few weeks was his ability to sustain drives. On Washington's 3rd possession of the game Cousins put together a 60+ yard drive that was capped off by finding his tight end for a touchdown. Kirk's accuracy was inconsistent all day on the intermediate to deep throws. He tried to find Garcon across the middle late in the 2nd quarter but the pass was slightly behind him as it deflected off his hands for an interception. This is one of the main reasons the coaching staff keeps his passes in the 10 yard range. Getting out of the pocket and making throws on the move were better this week for him as well. Cousins showed some fantastic poise as he made 3 clutch throws with 24 seconds left in the game to force overtime. This was an excellent time for Cousins to snatch a win on the road but an awful interception (where his receiver slipped) ended the ball game. Kirk did well enough to hang in the game but not secure the victory.

2015 Week 4 vs PHI (31 / 46 / 290 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had his best performance of this season against the Eagles. He had zero turnovers which are always great, but he looked a lot more decisive and confident. It should be noted that he did throw a near interception on the first possession of the game but nonetheless it was dropped. The game plan didn't change much seemingly as most of the pass plays dialed up was safe and short. However, Kirk was much more aggressive down field than usual as the coaching staff may have wanted to test the Eagles suspect secondary. Most of the throws Kirk made came on crossing routes, drag routes, screens, and comebacks. He looked extremely comfortable and confident in execution. Kirk's biggest bright spot of the day was orchestrating a late 4th quarter drive that gave them the lead and ultimately won the game. It started with a couple of good runs, but then Kirk found Garcon 3 times in the drive that were big time throws. The last two were completed in tight coverage including the game winner in which Kirk had to squeeze the ball between two defenders. The day could have been even bigger for him had he converted a potential touchdown to Jamison Crowder that was ruled incomplete because he stepped out of bounds. Kirk did a great job negating the Eagles aggressive tendencies with quick accurate throws all afternoon.

2015 Week 3 vs NYG (30 / 49 / 316 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins performance on the night was filled with inaccurate throws and bad reads. Once the running game started to sputter, their system began to slowly malfunction. It was quite unusual to see the running game sputter compared to how well they established a ground attack in the first two weeks. Kirk as a volume passer is always trouble which is what he was this game throwing 49 passes. Inaccuracy on the run continues to be problematic for Kirk as he was often flushed from the pocket. When he got outside the pocket he often became erratic. One of his worst throws of the night came on a play action pass during the first quarter. The Redskins were backed up on their own 20 yard line and Cousins throws a senseless pick thinking Garcon was open off play action. It looked almost as if he just automatically assumed Garcon would be open instead of observing the field. This was the beginning of the end for Washington offensively as the Giants immediately capitalized. His 2nd pick came in the 3rd quarter as he was flushed from the pocket trying to make a play on the run. He was staring down Andre Roberts but the defender deflected the ball into the air and it was intercepted. Kirk should have just thrown the ball away. He often tried to keep throws safe as he found Chris Thompson out of the backfield most of the night. After falling down to a double digit deficit for the majority of the night it put Kirk in an uncomfortable situation having to win this game with his arm. The Redskins have limited options in the passing game especially with Desean Jackson still sidelines so this was an uphill battle from the start.

2015 Week 2 vs LA (23 / 27 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played as well as needed in this game versus a hard-nosed Rams defense. The game script went perfect as it pertains to keeping the ball moving down field with an efficient ground game. Kirk wasn't asked to make too many plays in the passing game by simply dropping back for passes as he made a majority of his throws off play action. The first play of the game was a play action pass for Kirk right down the seam to Jordan Reed which worked precisely as the Rams were intent on stopping the run. Many of Cousins' passes were "safe" throws as well based on the fact that his completions were consistently in the 5-12yards range. The game plan seemed awfully simple for Kirk as he orchestrated a heavy dose of the run, but was also given throws that allowed him to let loose on the first read. He had one pass down field of 35 yards to Ryan Grant that could have possibly been a touchdown had he put more on it. The other long gain in the passing game came in the most critical drive of the game with less than 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Kirk found Jordan Reed up the seam for a 29 yard gain that sealed the victory. He threw one touchdown on a back shoulder throw to Pierre Garcon from the 5 yard line that was executed well. However, the fact that he had no turnovers is the best illustration showing that he had a clean game and didn't put the offense in a hole.

2015 Week 1 vs MIA (21 / 31 / 196 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a disappointing afternoon considering all he had to do was be a caretaker of the football. The Redskins clearly wanted to establish the run early and keep the pressure off Kirk. It was successfully executed to start the game and lasted majority of the first half. Whenever the Redskins did decide to pass, Cousins had simple reads/throws on hitch routes and crossing routes. The success running the ball early setup Kirk to make easy reads at the intermediate level of the field. The quick and simple reads also allowed Cousins to avoid constant pressure from the Dolphins O-Line. Despite all the early success on offense, Kirk Cousins still found a way to show his inconsistencies. It was quite evident that Cousins doesn't throw well on the run as he missed 3 crucial throws. He overthrew Desean Jackson for a potential touchdown, threw an awful interception intended for Pierre Garcon, and misfired to Ryan Grant for a first down. These particular plays brought much of Washington's good groove to a halt. Cousins organized a 17 play drive in the 2nd quarter that was capped off by a nice throw to Jordan Reed for a touchdown which was one of Kirk's bright spots. They drained the clock in the first half establishing the run game. The 2nd half for Cousins was bogged down with penalties, sacks, and inconsistent play. Kirk couldn't seem to get the Redskins going when they needed him most as he struggles with adversity a tad. As soon as Kirk tried to get aggressive seeing the game was slipping away he threw another interception that pretty much sealed the deal. Washington's offense imploded in the 2nd half which can be attributed to the absence of Desean Jackson to stretch the field. Cousins found 7 different receivers on the day, but ultimately couldn't make the big plays when they needed him most.


Latest News

Redskins | Kirk Cousins fine with contract status (Mon May 2, 01:41 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he is comfortable with playing under the one-year franchise tag if the team wants to see him play in more games before they give him a long-term deal. 'I think that people make great decisions when they have a lot of information at their disposal, and if the Redskins would like more information from this next season to be able to make a decision on me long-term, I totally understand that and understand where they're coming from,' Cousins said.

Our View: There's a reason why Cousins signed his franchise tender so quickly. If he proves it (again) this year that he can play at a high level, then he could make even more money on the free agent market. Cousins also said he would be fine if the team wanted to give him a long-term deal before next season.
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Redskins | Kirk Cousins optimistic for deal (Mon May 2, 11:07 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is optimistic about signing a long-term deal before the season starts. 'I think there's a chance,' Cousins said. 'The ball's in the court of the Redskins.'

Our View: Cousins has already signed his franchise tender, and he's ready to prove that last year was no fluke. The ball is in Washington's court. With the current (crazy) market for QBs, the team might not want to chance Cousins hitting the market next offseason.
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Redskins | Positive negotiations with Kirk Cousins (Tue Apr 26, 12:56 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins continue to talk about a long-term deal, according to general manager Scot McCloughan.

Our View: Cousins showed that he could be a very good starter last year, and the team would love to lock him down with a long-term deal. The negotiations are considered positive, and McCloughan thinks a deal could be imminent. Cousins signed his franchise tag for close to $20 million on March 3. The deadline for a long-term deal is July 15.
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