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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 Oct 5): Cousins played an excellent backup QB game. He made safe decisions and kept the offense on schedule, spreading the ball around and keeping his emerging young secondary receivers involved. Things should get easier for him with DeSean Jackson back soon. He's not a crazy spot start against the Falcons this week, especially if Jackson can come back.

Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Kirk Cousins threw the game-winning TD at :26 left in the fourth quarter on Sunday (31/46 for 290 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and also ran in a one-yard TD to lead his team to a key divisional win over Philadelphia and a 2-2 record during the season's opening month. Not too shabby, huh? Pierre Garcon (eight targets for 7/55/1 receiving) hauled in the game-winning score. Ryan Grant saw seven targets for 5/45/0 receiving across from Garcon at wide receiver. However, there was a significant loss, too, as Jordan Reed (eight for 5/37/0) was knocked out of the game due to another concussion - he has a long history of brain traumas, and has missed chunks of seasons to similar injuries in the past. Head coach Jay Gruden provided 'no timetable' Reed's recovery from his latest concussion on Monday, and also revealed that Reed also sprained his ankle and knee (MCL) in Sunday's upset of the Eagles. Gruden said that he was 'concerned' with Reed's health - it doesn't sound like Reed will be active for this game, at least at midweek the chances look dim. Derek Carrier is the next guy up for the Washington tight end stable - they already have Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul on IR, and word at midweek is that DeSean Jackson isn't likely to play in Week Five either. Cousins is swimming uphill against a lot of injuries to teammates right now. The Texans swapped starters midway through the loss to Atlanta, and wound up with 29/57 for 382 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown across two passers - at one point they were down 42-0, so part of the big yardage total is due to the fact that the Falcons went into prevent-defense mode partway through the second half (and started pulling starters for rest). Against Atlanta, Dallas managed 22/26 for 220 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago. To date, the Falcons are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 305.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores handed out vs. four interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and five sacks (tied for 28th in the NFL) generated. This is a good matchup for Cousins, assuming that the 'next men up' for the Redskins at tight end and wide receiver are able to provide him with reliable hands.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIA 79 21 31 196 1 2 2 -1 0 0 10.7
2 vs STL 72 23 27 203 1 0 0 0 0 0 14.15
3 at NYG 77 30 49 316 1 2 0 0 0 0 17.8
4 vs PHI 84 31 46 290 1 0 1 1 1 0 23.6
5 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 24 33 * * * 2 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 22 34 * * * 1 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 27 42 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 STL (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

NFL | Eagles-Redskins could have weather issue (Thu Oct 1, 01:11 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins could be affected by Hurricane Joaquin in Week 4 Sunday, Oct. 4. The game could be postponed due to the storm.

Our View: Keep an eye on this and have some alternatives ready as this whole game could be shifted around. We wouldn't touch either quarterback even in sunny weather so they shouldn't be an issue for you.
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