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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 Jan 31): Impending free-agent Kirk Cousins said he is happy that the Redskins named Matt Cavanaugh as their offensive coordinator because he would not have to learn a new offense if he re-signs with the Redskins.

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17 vs NYG 55 22 35 287 1 2 0 0 0 0 16.35

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 17 vs NYG (22 / 35 / 287 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an abysmal day running the Washington offense. He has shown the ability to take advantage of weaker secondary personnel, but he struggled against the elite defensive backs for New York. Midway through the third quarter the offense had only amassed around seventy-three yards total for the game. Therefore, Kirk's final stat line is somewhat impressive and indicative of the fact that he tried to give them one last spark. It seemed as if Washington may have some momentum after a forty-nine yard reception to Pierre Garcon but that momentum quickly fizzled on the very next play. Kirk threw an awful interception that was seemingly a bad read and bad timing with his receiver. Kirk was able to manage a field goal before tying the game at midway through the fourth quarter. He connected on a slant from the four yard line to Jordan Reed. It was setup by a terrific wide receiver screen in which Pierre Garcon was able to elude a few defenders for a twenty yard scamper (plus penalty yardage tacked on). Kirk had an opportunity to tie or take the lead when they got the ball back with a little over two minutes remaining. He failed to take advantage as he was picked off once again to seal the game. It was another terrible read across the middle. He pump faked it and stared down his receiver before throwing it which made it even worse. This was one of Kirk's biggest challenges all year and he struggled mightily to get the offense moving. Shaky o-line play and penalties that led to stalled drives were factors in his performance as well.

2016 Week 16 vs CHI (18 / 29 / 270 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 30 / 2 rush)

Cousins had a career day on the ground, rolling up 30 yards and two scores. The opening drive was capped off by Cousins eluding an unblocked rusher and finishing in the end zone after a 15-yard scamper. Washington's receivers regularly separated from Chicago's secondary, creating clear passing windows for Cousins. While he was accurate on most throws, notably a deep sideline route to Pierre Garcon, a handful of inaccurate passes prevented a monster passing performance by Cousins. A rare Washington punt early in the game was the result of Cousins missing a wide open Jamison Crowder on an out route. Later, Cousins overthrew DeSean Jackson behind the defense, a sure touchdown. Finally, Vernon Davis was wide open in the end zone, but Cousins under pressure missed Davis on fourth down. Cousins hit 300 total yards and three scores, but 400 yards and five scores were well within reach.

2016 Week 15 vs CAR (32 / 47 / 315 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an abysmal outing versus the Carolina Panthers. Kirk spent much of the evening misfiring on passes and having too much drives prematurely ending. Most of the night when they need him to make a play he simply came up empty. It was surprising to see how inefficient the passing game was considering the fact he didn't see major pressure. Washington reached the red zone four times the entire game and came away with only one rushing score. Kirk had an inexplicable interception in the second quarter on a poor read over the middle targeting (and staring down) Jamison Crowder. The second half started with a strip sack that immediately put the Panthers in scoring position which was the second turnover of the game for Kirk. He attempted forty-seven passes throughout this game but the short passing game was ineffective due to great tackling. It was also clear that the injury to Jordan Reed hampers Kirk's production in the passing game because of his reliance on Jordan's ability over the middle of the field. However, his replacement Vernon Davis dropped a ìwould beî touchdown on a crossing route that may have changed momentum in the game. There were several drops and penalties that contributed to the overall production of the offense as well but Kirk wasn't nearly as sharp as recent weeks. Another aspect that should be noted is the inability to run the football. A healthy dose of the run game helps establish a rhythm in the passing game but Carolina held their rushing attack in check. Kirk doesn't have a good flow when the game script is extremely pass heavy.

2016 Week 14 vs PHI (14 / 21 / 234 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins wasn't as sharp in this game is it was hard fought throughout the afternoon. In the first half Washington had four possessions, but was only able to muster seven points out of the opportunities. Kirk was often under pressure and as a result he was off target often throwing incompletions. When he doesn't have a clean pocket you often struggles, but the offensive line was having a rough day as well. After halftime Kirk got the Washington offense on track after its first possession as he engineered two touchdown drives. Both touchdowns coming on passes where Kirk had time and delivered with accuracy. He found DeSean on an eighty yard bomb as he hit him in stride and Pierre Garcon on a fade route in the red zone. The Washington offense stalled a bit after the 3rd quarter explosion and Kirk followed it up with a pick six to open the fourth quarter. It was an awful read by Kirk as the cornerback jumped the route to cause the turnover. Kirk found redemption as he orchestrated the game winning drive late in the fourth quarter which ended in a touchdown run. Kirk only had fourteen completions on the day as the Washington offense didn't have many possessions. They were also in a tight game throughout so it wasn't necessary to go pass heavy.

2016 Week 13 vs ARI (21 / 37 / 271 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins cooled off quite a bit in this matchup versus a stout Arizona team ready to take on the red hot Washington offense. Kirk had a very inconsistent day in which he constantly saw pressure. He isnít great at completing passes when the pocket is crumbling around him. The first half of this game he had trouble moving the ball downfield. There was a mix of penalties, misfires, batted passes, and drops that constantly stalled drives for Washington in the first half. Kirk barely got Washington in field goal range as they only managed three points. Kirk lost a fumble as well due to heavy pressure which immediately put Arizona in scoring position. The second half was a better outing as he led drives resulting in twenty points. However the red zone struggles continue as the offense often gets bogged down once they are in scoring position. Washington had a great opportunity to put a touchdown on the board but a couple of inaccurate passes and a penalty put a halt to the drive and they had to result in three points. Kirk threw one touchdown pass in this game and it came towards the end of the game on a seam route to Jamison Crowder. Kirk also scored on a quarterback sneak, but this was not a strong game for Kirk. It should also be noted that he barely missed out on a long touchdown in which he connected with DeSean Jackson (but he was shoestring tackled at the five yard line). This was also the stiffest competition he has seen in a few weeks. The game ended on an interception in which Kirk was under heavy pressure. He was erratic the entire final drive due to constant blitzing.

2016 Week 12 vs DAL (41 / 53 / 449 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played an outstanding game as he put up his best day of the year statistically. It was a tad unusual to see Kirk play at such a high level considering the high volume of pass attempts in this game. However, Kirk had his way with the Dallas secondary as he tossed three touchdowns to go along with fifty-three attempts. The first touchdown of the game came in the third quarter to Jordan Reed from five yards out. Kirk led Washington within scoring range in the first half but both times resulted in a missed field goal. The yardage was there and Kirk helped Washington to dominate time of possession so it was only a matter of time before the touchdowns started to register. After hooking up with Jordan Reed, Kirk found DeSean Jackson streaking up the sideline after a breakdown in coverage for a sixty-seven yard touchdown. It was a welcoming site to see Kirk connect on a deep ball to DeSean as they have struggled all year. The final touchdown for Kirk came on late in the game while using their hurry up offense. Kirk found Jordan Reed in the back of the end zone on a twenty yard strike. Kirk hit nine different receivers in this game and he was completely dialed in against a lackluster Dallas secondary. Kirk was in rhythm all game but there were certainly more opportunities touchdowns.

2016 Week 11 vs GB (21 / 30 / 375 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played an overall terrific game against the Packers Sunday night. He took full advantage of a depleted Packers secondary as he was efficient in the passing game. He also kept the turnovers at zero which helps Washington's offense immensely. He was sharp early as he connected with several receivers before finding DeSean Jackson for a first quarter touchdown. It was a post route in which Kirk made a great read as DeSean shook loose from his defender over the middle doe the score. Kirk and the offense stalled a bit in the second and third quarter, but exploded in the fourth. Kirk put together five touchdown drives in the fourth quarter that put this game away. The running game was clicking so that allowed him to dissect the field in the passing game with his potent play action passing. He found Pierre Garcon for a seventy yard bomb and later connected with Jamison Crowder for fifty three yards. Kirk's attempts in the passing game were right at thirty which is good and shows that the offense has balance. He is most effective when being able to run the ball and this game was a great example in that area. The wind was problematic for passing all night but Kirk demonstrated a strong arm in the adverse conditions. This was Kirk's strongest output of the season leading this offense. If they can remain balanced moving forward Kirk can continue these type of performances.

2016 Week 10 vs MIN (22 / 33 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played a fairly clean game due to the fact that he didn't commit any turnovers. He had a few erratic throws but keeping the ball out of harm's way was huge for him. Kirk threw two touchdowns in the first half but failed to get the ball in the end zone in the second half. His first touchdown went to Vernon Davis in the first quarter on a perfectly placed ball right up the seam. The second touchdown came in the second quarter where he found success in the red zone locating Jamison Crowder. It was a simple out route in which Jamison shook free of his defender for a ten yard score. The second half was a defensive battle where Kirk had to settle for field goals. He had two trips in the red zone the entire second half but could not capitalize as he was once again inaccurate. He completed passes to seven receivers and kept his volume of passes down due to a steady run game. That formula usually helps him play a 'turnover-free' game.

2016 Week 8 vs CIN (38 / 56 / 458 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a big day passing the ball and they needed every bit of it. The Bengals have a stout front seven that takes pride in stopping the run, so essentially Kirk needed to make plays with his arm. He had fifty-six attempts and what made his day more impressive is that many of those attempts were while under pressure. However, with such a pass heavy day comes opportunities for error. There were several pass attempts that should have been intercepted but Kirk only had one turnover in this game. He was under extreme pressure and threw an errant pass downfield that went straight to the defender. Kirk's performance was otherwise impressive as he completed passes to six different receivers. His best play of the day was with less than two minutes left in regulation when he needed to convert a third down. That play put Washington in field goal range to tie the game up to go into overtime. The Bengals brought a blitz and while being under pressure he was able to complete the pass to Jamison Crowder. Kirk only threw two touchdowns in this game despite the enormous yardage totals which is the downside to such a productive day statistically. He had five trips in the red zone but only came away with two touchdowns. His red zone production has to improve to avoid games like these where you tie or ultimately lose due to missed opportunities.

2016 Week 7 vs DET (30 / 39 / 301 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins played a steady game against Detroit. He almost avoided the turnovers but had two fumbles with one of them being lost. However, Washington had another high volume passing game in which Kirk almost threw 40 passes but he stayed clear of interceptions. He was very accurate on short to intermediate throws and stuck to his strengths in those areas. Kirk's longest completion of the day was for twenty seven yards as he found his speedy tight end Vernon Davis. Kirk threw his lone touchdown of the day to the backup running back on a one yard pass at the goal line. He can have had an even bigger day if they converted on a few more of their red zone trips. The turnovers could have been costly but Kirk played well enough to win the game. The late fourth quarter touchdown run from nineteen yards out put them ahead but the defense couldn't hold onto the lead. It might be wise to use Kirk on more play action run opportunities in the red zone as he has proved to be a capable runner.

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (18 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins battled through constant pressure most of this game and played well enough to get the win. The first two drives of the game started out skittish as he constantly missed receivers and the run game couldn't get started. By the end of the first quarter Kirk found his groove and he marched the team down field and found Jamison Crowder for a twenty yard strike. On the following possession Kirk found success in the red zone again as he hooked up with Vernon Davis on a terrific throw up the seam. Kirk is still a bit out of sorts when facing pressure as he threw his lone interception of the day facing a blitz. The play action roll out didn't fool the defense and before Kirk could make a proper read he just panicked and threw it. Kirk tried to find his intended receiver without noticing the defender cutting underneath and it was returned for a touchdown. Kirk only managed two field goals in the second half as he was unable to capitalize on two red zone opportunities. There was a mixture of bad throws and heavy pressure that prevented him from putting touchdowns on the board. Fortunately for Kirk his running backs played a huge role and kept him away from more mishaps in the passing game. It is clear Kirk needs a clean pocket to be as efficient as he would like to be.

2016 Week 5 vs BAL (29 / 41 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins struggled to find consistency in the passing game today for various reasons. The sporadic high winds and inaccurate throws were often seen from Kirk in this game. The run game wasn't as effective as the last two games so it forced Kirk to pass more than maybe they desired. Kirk attempted forty-one passes but only had one touchdown on the day. He missed DeSean Jackson twice for potential big plays but ultimately wasn't able to generate a spark with the electric receiver. Kirk also had one interception and one fumble. The interception could have been costly had the linebacker not fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback. The fumble was fortunately recovered by Washington. The interception play would have been a late game pick six and likely closed the door on Washington's chances to seal the win. This game turned into a defensive battle and Kirk was fortunate enough not to come out on the wrong side of this contest. The Ravens and the weather kept this game bottled up for Kirk and didn't allow the chunk plays that they like to get in the passing game. Overall, Kirk was unable to sustain drives as he displayed scattered accuracy and poor decision making throughout this game.

2016 Week 4 vs CLE (21 / 27 / 183 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins put together one of his better performances of the season this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He had great balance and it showed from the opening drive. There were six pass plays and five runs all while keeping the offense on schedule. However, the biggest showing for Kirk and the offense this game was there efficiency in the red zone. On the opening drive of the game Kirk found Jordan Reed for an eight yard score. He followed up that drive by finding Jordan again in the back of the end zone after scrambling to buy time. In total Kirk executed four red zone trips which is what is needed if they want to accumulate wins. Washington had only three red zone touchdowns in total prior to playing Cleveland. Kirk still has to clean up the turnovers as he still threw an interception despite his improvement on scoring drives. He lost a fumble as well to go along with a few drives that got bogged down by penalties and misreads. As a result of some sloppy play in the third quarter, Washington went on a scoring drought until the fourth. Overall, Kirk did a good job closing the game out in the fourth quarter by executing two scoring drives which led to touchdowns instead of field goals. The run game helped Kirk immensely with seeing the field better and staying away from such a high volume passing game.

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (21 / 35 / 296 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -5 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had another slow start which has been part of the issue with the Washington offense so far this year. Kirk's first three drives resulted in field goals and stopped Washington from gaining any real momentum on the road. Then as they were looking at a 21-9 deficit it was once again on Kirk to dig the team out of a hole. The offense finally got on track as Kirk connected with DeSean Jackson for a forty-four yard touchdown towards the end of the first half. DeSean ran what seemed to be a "nine/go route" and Kirk put the pass right on target in the end zone in front of two defenders. This was vital to Kirk's confidence as well as the entire offense going into halftime. He has struggled with accuracy so far this season and has several misfired deep shots to DeSean so that play was much needed. On Washington's first possession of the second half Kirk threw a bubble screen to Jamison Crowder and he did the rest of the work on his way to a fifty-five yard touchdown. These were Kirk's only two touchdowns of the day but his clean play allowed Washington to stay on track. Kirk's zero turnover day was a huge plus and proved to be a huge factor in their comeback. He still has to get more efficient in the red zone with reads and accuracy but today was a good start towards building some positive momentum.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (28 / 46 / 364 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a classic tale of two halves. Kirk often missed on throws that either stalled drives or left opportunities to score on the field. He has been known for being an accurate quarterback but his play so far has been erratic and streaky. Kirk's most notable mishaps that could have potentially turned the tide of the game are his touchdown misses to Desean Jackson and Jamison Crowder. Kirk had DeSean deep up the right sideline but overthrew him and missed Jamison Crowder on what appeared to be a post corner route. These two plays would have sent them into the half with fourteen points instead of six. However, in the second half he found somewhat of a rhythm as he put together of seventy-five yard scoring drive to open the third quarter. Kirk found Jamison Crowder in the red zone as he took advantage of the slot corner going up the seam. The pass had perfect touch which demonstrates Kirk's terrific accuracy that leaves him at bad times. It was great to see him capitalize in the red zone for once because he has struggled mightily there so far this season. It should be noted that Kirk threw another red zone interception as he misread the coverage trying to find Pierre Garcon in the end zone and ultimately ended another potential scoring drive. Washington had one last chance to redeem the day as they got the ball back with a little over one minute left. Kirk made a few good throws to put them within striking distance for one last Hail Mary heave but it was thrown out of the back of the end zone and the game was over. Kirk leads a pass heavy attack but his inaccuracies and seemingly confused reads in the red zone have been problematic for the entire offense.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (30 / 43 / 329 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins day had some highlights and its fair share of lowlights. Kirk did a very good job of finding receivers all game, but came up short finding touchdowns. He started the game a little cold as he often missed receivers by being off target. Their first possession was a three and out mainly due to the fact that the offense had poor execution. Cousins continued this trend while managing to get two field goals out of reaching the red zone. Kirk only completed passes to two receivers in the first half with a few to Jordan Reed as well. The Steelers forced Cousins to be patient as they played plenty zone to avoid the big plays. This plan hindered his ability to get Jordan Reed going as his biggest weapon. As the game started to get out of reach and forced Kirk to be more aggressive the offense slowly started to unravel. He had two interceptions as the first one was a blatant misread down the middle. The 2nd interceptions came as a result of a tipped pass. Overall Kirk managed the game well making high percentage passes but inconsistent execution stalled the offense most of the night. Kirk threw 43 passes which is usually the danger zone for him being at his best. His favorite target turned out to be DeSean Jackson for this game as the Steelers completely took Jordan Reed away. The biggest potential play of the game for Kirk was wiped out by a pass interference call going deep to DeSean Jackson.


Latest News

Browns | Cleveland not pursuing Kirk Cousins? (Thu Apr 27, 09:27 PM) - The Cleveland Browns have not made any trade offers for Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, according to Jason La Canfora.

Our View: Sounds like this was wishful thinking on somebody's part. It seems like this would have been a very expensive answer for a team rebuilding and one which values picks a lot.
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Browns | Cleveland looking to acquire Kirk Cousins (Thu Apr 27, 08:56 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is a player the Cleveland Browns are trying to acquire.

Our View: So the ownership is panicking now that Mitch Trubisky is off the board. We're lukewarm on this overall, but would reserve judgement until we saw how much it cost them. On the other hand, are you so close to being a contender that you need a veteran quarterback right now?
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Redskins | Terrelle Pryor works out with Kirk Cousins (Sat Apr 15, 03:34 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor recently worked out with QB Kirk Cousins in order to work on their timing on the field.

Our View: It's a good move for the young wide receiver as he tries to get on the same page as his veteran quarterback. Pryor said Cousins also helped him learn the playbook during a meeting they had before working out.
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