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QB Kirk Cousins - Minnesota Vikings

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

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General News (Fri Feb 2): said he was surprised when he heard about the Redskins' agreement to acquire Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins said he is looking forward to hitting the free-agent market because he has not been able to choose the team he plays for since college. He said he will be looking to sign with a team that can win a championship.

General News (Thu Feb 1): is unlikely to be pursued by the Buffalo Bills, in the opinion of beat writer Mark Gaughan.

General News (Thu Feb 1): has drawn the attention of "quarterback-needy teams," with the New York Jets "expected" to be one of his suitors, according to Rich Cimini of

General News (Wed Jan 31): is all but assuredly done in Washington with the team's acquisition of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Cousins would be welcomed by Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller. "Kirk could take us over the edge," Miller said, "but that's the National Football League. There are a lot of teams that need Kirk."

General News (Tue Jan 30): won't be solely focused on how much money he can make this offseason. He wants to be on a team that will contend for the Super Bowl. "Is money a part of it? Sure. Is it the only thing? No," Cousins said. "It is about winning, and that's what I want more than anything, so I'm going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win, and that's what the focus is going to be."

General News (Mon Jan 29): Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas said he wants the front office to use cap space to sign Washington Redskins impending free-agent Kirk Cousins.

General News (Mon Jan 22): isn't a "special" player, according to former general manager Scot McCloughan. "You just need to have some talent around him because you don't want him to be throwing the ball 35 to 40 times to win the game," McCloughan said.

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs NYG (20 / 37 / 158 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 12 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins may have saved his worst performance of the year for the last week of the season. The conditions at MetLife stadium weren't ideal with the wind speeds but Kirk struggled with accuracy and decision making once again. He didn't account for any touchdown passes in this game, but he did score a rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown came in the first quarter on a read option play from twelve yards out. After scoring that first quarter touchdown the Redskins struggled to score throughout the rest of the game. However, Kirk did lead the team to a field goal opportunity before halftime. The three interceptions were a season high for Kirk and each one showed poor decision making. Kirk's aggression in the passing game and questionable ability to make tough throws under pressure were the biggest reason for his turnovers. There were a couple of impressive throws on the day for Kirk but overall he had a lackluster day throwing the football. This game looked uninspiring to Kirk and the Washington offense. The weather conditions and injuries attributed to Kirk's performance but his decision making throughout this game didn't help as well.

2017 Week 16 vs DEN (19 / 37 / 299 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an up and down afternoon versus the Denver Broncos. He struggled with accuracy but made enough plays to help secure the victory. Kirk threw three touchdowns in this game and each one came in impressive fashion. He only completed nineteen out of thirty-seven passes which illustrates his inaccuracies on the day. Kirk's most impressive pass on the day was a touchdown he threw to Vernon Davis off his back foot avoiding a blitz. It was a dime towards the corner of the end zone from thirty yards out. There were still struggles in the red zone that showed Kirk's season long inconsistencies. Kirk also did a better job of making plays under pressure in this game which resulted in getting points on the board. Kirk accounted for one interception as he has been keeping his turnovers to a minimum lately. The passing game was aggressive today and Kirk did a decent job getting the ball down field versus the Broncos pass rush.

2017 Week 15 vs ARI (18 / 26 / 196 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins didn't have a big day in the box score but did enough to get the win. The offense got off to a quick start as Kirk capitalized off an Arizona turnover. Kirk was able to get possession of the ball already in the red zone where he found Jamison Crowder on a drag route. He had twenty six attempts on the day but was wildly inaccurate throughout much of this game. The second touchdown Kirk threw came on a screen pass that went for thirty-six yards. Kirk still had trouble converting third downs, but he had zero turnovers. Kirk was able to manage this game well enough to secure a win as Washington's defense continued getting Kirk the ball back. This was one of the more conservative games that Kirk has played all year.

2017 Week 14 vs LAC (15 / 27 / 151 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an abysmal afternoon against the Chargers. He was completely flustered by the pressure being applied by the Chargers defense. Kirk threw twenty-seven passes but didn't even clear two hundred yards. He threw one touchdown in this game as he connected with Vernon Davis in the end zone after escaping pressure. The offense seemed to be at a total mismatch as they often could not find a rhythm. Washington had countless three and outs as there third down conversion rate was extremely low. Kirk has had struggles but today might have been his worst outing of the year.

2017 Week 13 vs DAL (26 / 37 / 251 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an abysmal night against the Dallas Cowboys. The quick rhythm passing game was out of sync and too many turnovers were a problem. Kirk finally got a touchdown on the board at the end of the first half to salvage an otherwise awful two quarters of play. The offensive line didn't help Kirk out much either as he saw constant pressure all game. The first interception for Kirk was somewhat unlucky as his pass deflected off his receiver's hands and into a defender. Kirk lost one of the two fumbles he had as ball security was problematic while standing in the pocket. He often looked overwhelmed by the pressure and couldn't convert under duress. The third down efficiency wasn't good for this offense which also made for inconsistency. Kirk only managed fourteen points on a night that he attempted thirty-seven passes. It was a disappointing evening against a porous Dallas secondary.

2017 Week 12 vs NYG (19 / 31 / 242 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a sluggish day running the Redskins offense. The offense failed to score a touchdown or even get in scoring position for most of the first half. Kirk finally managed to get three points on the board towards the tail end of the first half. Kirk was inaccurate majority of this game and had a few passes nearly intercepted. He only recorded one interception as a poorly thrown ball deflected off his intended receiver's hands. The running back was coming out of the backfield and Kirk threw it slightly behind which made for a tough adjustment. He also threw up a jump ball for Josh Doctson in the endzone between two defenders. Fortunately for Kirk it was knocked down and not picked off. In the second half, he finally found a rhythm with Jamison Crowder. Kirk was able to find him for a fifteen-yard touchdown. Late in the fourth quarter, Kirk hooked up with Josh Doctson in the corner of the endzone to basically seal the win. The entire night was peppered with stalled drives, bad penalties, and constant misreads. However, Kirk was able to make a few plays offensively to get the win.

2017 Week 11 vs NO (22 / 32 / 322 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had one of his best games of the season down in New Orleans. Throwing under pressure has been a massive issue the past few weeks for Kirk, but he constantly made plays under duress. He found eight different receivers in this game as he spread it around and made correct reads. The run game was effective today as well which helped keep the passing game balanced. Kirk had thirty-two attempts in this game and he actually completed a few deep throws. The offense came out and got going quickly as Kirk played aggressive making decisive throws down field. He got Washington on the board with a sixteen yard pass to Chris Thompson on a great throw finding him on a wheel route. His second touchdown came against an all-out blitz when he found a wide open Ryan Grant up the sideline. The third down efficiency was still lackluster and ultimately came back to haunt them as they squandered a double digit lead in the last four minutes. Penalties were part of the issue as well, but Washington could not put this game away as the offense went stagnant. Kirk threw three touchdowns and got help from his supporting cast but this game was lost on both sides of the ball as the clock wound down. If Kirk can keep making plays under pressure like he did against New Orleans they will be in good position to win more of these type games.

2017 Week 10 vs MIN (26 / 45 / 327 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 2 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a seemingly big day statistically, but in reality, he didn't play as well. Kirk was constantly inaccurate in a pass heavy game. He attempted forty-five passes barely completed over half of them. However, he threw a thirty-six yard dime on the opening drive that was caught for a one-handed touchdown. Kirk also accounted for two rushing scores in the red zone which is rare. Washington was down double digits but the defense gave Kirk great field position to capitalize and make a comeback. Pressure was a factor for Kirk in this game but some of the throws he had were simply off. As the franchise quarterback, it is a must that he plays better in order for Washington's offense to put up points. The inability to sustain drives on 3rd downs is also a huge factor in the offense stalling for Kirk. When the run game is sputtering he will need to make more plays and hasn't shown the ability to carry the offense when needed. Kirk only had one turnover despite the high volume of passing in today's game. The turnover was on a brutal misread in which he seemed to predetermine where he wanted to throw the ball. It should also be noted that Josh Doctson dropped a potential touchdown where Kirk placed the ball out for him to make a play.

2017 Week 9 vs SEA (21 / 31 / 247 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins got off to a cold start in this game and didn't warm up much as it unfolded. The first five possessions were a mix of punts and a turnover before putting together a productive drive. The first touchdown came on a thirteen play drive in which ended on a one yard run to cap it off. Kirk was under extreme pressure all throughout this game. The run game was nonexistent so that forced Kirk into bad situations for him to try making plays through the air. He caught a break against a defense missing Earl Thomas, Sheldon Richardson, and Cliff Avril. However, he couldn't consistently take advantage due to the injuries along the offensive line. Kirk was able to salvage the rough day by orchestrating a last-minute drive to get the win. He made two clutch throws including one to a newcomer in the passing game Brian Quick. The drive only took three plays to get a touchdown. The second throw was a precise pass under pressure along the sideline for a thirty-eight yard gain down to the one yard line. Kirk was under a ton of pressure and both throws came on a three step drop before tossing it up for grabs. Kirk didn't throw any touchdowns for this game but a gutsy last-minute effort made up for it.

2017 Week 8 vs DAL (26 / 39 / 263 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins could have performed better, but it is worth mentioning his circumstances were awful. He was down two starting offensive linemen and couldn't get the run game going. Therefore, he was forced to go pass heavy in a rain storm. He accounted for three turnovers as two of them were fumbles. In adverse weather conditions, it is even more imperative to focus on ball security and Kirk struggled with that in this game. Kirk managed to throw one touchdown in this game and had another potential touchdown dropped. He attempted thirty-nine passes but the protection got worse was the game wore on. Kirk showed fight in this game but he had an uphill climb with the conditions and being so pass heavy. This is never the recipe for success with Kirk and this game illustrated that. Being in predictable passing situations all day left him vulnerable and Dallas was able to take advantage.

2017 Week 7 vs PHI (30 / 40 / 303 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins didn't play a bad game but he needed to be better versus Philadelphia. Kirk got off to somewhat of a fast start in this game as he marched down field with a few chunk plays. However, he couldn't capitalize in the red zone and had to settle for a field goal. As the night unfolded it became apparent that he was going to need seven points each trip he made it to the red zone. Without much help from the defense Kirk was forced to be more aggressive than he is comfortable handling. The Eagles also stifled the Redskins run game which put even more of the game in Kirk's hand. Kirk was able to make plays in the passing game but attempting forty passes isn't ideal to have Kirk playing at his best. The game started to tilt out of hand for Washington in the third quarter so Kirk spent most of the night playing catch up. He threw one interception as the pocket collapsed and a defensive lineman got a hand on the ball. The turnover wasn't really his fault although it tallies as a turnover for him. Kirk didn't have much trouble making plays against the Eagles secondary but going pass heavy isn't the recipe for his success.

2017 Week 6 vs SF (25 / 37 / 330 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 26 / 1 rush)

Kirk Cousins had an efficient day running the offense against the 49ers. The game plan remains the same in terms of keeping things conservative and low risk for Kirk. He had his first turnover in 3 weeks as he tried to get aggressive on a throw down field. It turned out to be a bad read and an overthrow into double coverage. Kirk got out to a quick start for the third consecutive week as he found Josh Doctson early for a red zone touchdown. It was basically a layup as Kirk hit Josh on a quick slant from eleven yards out as the cornerback got caught flat footed in coverage. Most of Kirk's completions were short passes as Washington took full advantage of the 49ers linebackers' inability to cover. Kirk found Samaje Perine for a swing pass touchdown in the second quarter. Perine not known for his receiving ability with Washington managed to beat the linebackers in the flat to find the end zone from ten yards out. Kirk's fourth quarter touchdown that essentially ended up being the game winner came on an excellent read option decision. He used his legs to score a late fourth quarter touchdown for almost fifteen yards. Aside from the turnover it was an overall successful day for Kirk running the offense. The third down completion to Ryan Grant late in the fourth quarter to maintain possession of the football was his biggest play of the game.

2017 Week 4 vs KC (14 / 24 / 220 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 38 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins got off to another fast start on Monday night and looked sharp. He capped off an opening drive with a forty-four yard strike to Terrelle Pryor for a touchdown. In the first half he had complete command of the offense. He often made the correct reads and got the ball out of his hands quickly. He has looked much better in the red zone as of late and even threw a touchdown when getting there. Kirk threw a three yard slant in the third quarter to Ryan Grant, which was his second touchdown of the game. In the second half Washington rarely had the ball and got dominated in the time of possession game. Kirk also wasn't great on third down in the second half and that further put them in the hole for time of possession. Kirk only had fourteen passing attempts and it spoke to the conservative approach and lack of opportunities. He almost led Washington to the win with a late game drive that should have ended with a touchdown but Josh Doctson couldn't complete the catch. Kirk put the ball perfectly up top for Josh to high point it but ultimately went incomplete. Kirk also led the team in rushing largely due to his late game drive to keep plays alive.

2017 Week 3 vs OAK (25 / 30 / 365 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins night started off great as he put together a rare opening drive touchdown. It is clear they wanted to reel Kirk in from being so pass heavy. The short passing game got him in a rhythm that carried over all night. He didn't commit a turnover which also kept him on schedule with the game flow as well. Kirk was highly efficient and only had five passes not on target. The high yardage total was somewhat misleading as over two hundred of his passing yards were accumulated after the catch. The highlight of the night for Kirk was a fifty-two yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Josh Doctson. The pass wasn't placed well but Josh Doctson made a terrific adjustment on the ball to snag it from the defender. The game plan seems to emphasize more balance with the run and pass so that kirk isn't pressed to make every play. He was in a groove today that allowed him to operate at a high level.

2017 Week 2 vs LAR (18 / 27 / 179 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins played as the ultimate game manager against the Rams today. Whether it was by design or noticing how effective the run game worked, Washington took the ball out of Kirk's hands. The Rams pass rush could have been problematic for Kirk but Washington's run game kept him out of harm's way. Kirk had twenty-seven pass attempts but his main goal today was to be efficient on third downs. Washington was inconsistent with executing on third downs but Kirk made just enough plays to hold on. He didn't have any turnovers against the Rams which helped maintain a lead as well. Kirk could have had a bigger day if he could convert in the red zone, but once again his inaccuracies stalled the drive. An overthrow to Chris Thompson sailed out of bounds and resulted in a field goal attempt. Kirk's lone touchdown came on an eleven yard strike to Ryan Grant that sealed the win. A turnover free game and a run heavy scheme helped Kirk succeed today.

2017 Week 1 vs PHI (23 / 40 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)

Kirk Cousins had a difficult time finding his rhythm today due to constant pressure. He got off to a slow start as he misfired on several occasions trying to connect with his receivers downfield. He had a couple of near interceptions in the first half as well resulting from bad reads. Kirk only accounted for one offensive touchdown on the day as he connected with Chris Thompson in the 2nd quarter. Cousins accounted for three turnovers as he had two fumbles and an interception. One of his fumbles went for a defensive touchdown. He was harassed all afternoon and could not sustain enough drives to get the offense out of its funk. Kirk had forty pass attempts but barely completed over half of them. Without solid protection, he does not feel comfortable making plays downfield. The Eagles often made him skittish in the pocket and indecisive with his reads. The receivers had a few drops that didn't help his case, but Kirk's inability to make plays under duress was on full display against Philly. Kirk had an opportunity to seize control of the game with a seven-play drive in the third quarter. As it looked like they may have established some continuity, he throws an errant pass over the head of Jamison Crowder. The pass was intercepted in the end zone and that was an illustration of how most of the day went for Washington's Kirk Cousins led offense.


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