QB Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

HT: 6-3, WT: 214, Born: 8-19-1988, College: Michigan State, Drafted: Round 4

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2014 Projections

David Dodds4.033.055.03967.
Bob Henry16.037.065.04607.
Jason Wood1.015.025.01656.
Maurile Tremblay1.019.032.02226.


If the reports were true and Washington could've fetched a conditional 2nd round pick for Kirk Cousins, then it was a colossal mistake to pass on the deal. Cousins star is fading, at least in terms of his being an NFL starter. Cousins' woeful play in place of Robert Griffin III last year was to blame. In three starts, Cousins completed just 52% of his throws and managed four touchdowns against 7 interceptions. Washington is better off keeping Cousins and hoping he adjusts to Jay Gruden's offense in the same way Andy Dalton flourished in Cincinnati.

2014 Schedule

1at St. Louis Rams
2 New England Patriots
3at New Orleans Saints
4 Atlanta Falcons
5at Green Bay Packers
6 Detroit Lions
7at Buffalo Bills
8at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9 Washington Redskins
Bye week
11at Chicago Bears
12 Green Bay Packers
13 Carolina Panthers
14 New York Jets
15at Detroit Lions
16at Miami Dolphins
17 Chicago Bears

2013 Game Summaries

Week 8 - Cousins took over at quarterback on the Redskins' thirteenth offensive series following a knee injury suffered by Robert Griffin III. With Washington down by double-digits with four-plus minutes in the fourth quarter, Cousins led the Redskins on two drives that resulted in interceptions. Cousins completed four of six short passes and executed a one-yard quarterback sneak before throwing a pick-six on his seventh pass attempt of the game. Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie jumped Pierre Garcon's route and outmuscled the Redskins receiver, taking Cousins' to the house for a seventy-five yard interception return. Cousins lasted a mere one play before throwing another interception, this time on a ball that hit Jordan Reed in the hands before getting snagged by Broncos linebacker Shaun Phillips. Given that Robert Griffin III's absence from the final minutes of the game were precautionary, it stands to reason that Cousins will likely revert back to his spot on the sideline for Week Nine.

Week 14 - With Washington down by thirty-five at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Cousins played the last four series for Robert Griffin III. The second-year quarterback from Michigan State did not fare much better than Griffin, getting only one first down in the fourth quarter. Cousins looked comfortable commanding the offense at the line of scrimmage, but the effects of the weather and the Chiefs' pass rush was a recipe for a lot of three-and-outs from Cousins. With the Redskins' coaching staff in disarray and Robert Griffin III an asset worth protecting through a few weeks of meaningless games, in stands to reason Cousins might see more work with Washington coming up on what promises to be a tumultuous offseason.

Week 16 - The Redskins' second leg of the three-game Cousins showcase was a bit on the uneventful side, in spite of a truly juicy matchup against the hapless Dallas defense. Even with the Cowboys giving up yardage in record fashion, Cousins could not crack two hundred passing yards or five-and-half yards per pass. In Cousins' defense, the weather in Landover was not particularly accommodating, with intermittent rain and winds blowing through FedEx Field. The Redskins' offensive plan of attack against the Cowboys was fairly simple - feed Alfred Morris on the ground and target Pierre Garcon through the air. Cousins did exactly that during Week Sixteen, throwing to Garcon on eighteen of his thirty-five pass attempts. Oddly enough, Cousins still completed passes to seven different pass-catchers and targeted nine Redskins receivers total, but Garcon ended up accounting for a staggering seventy-three percent of his passing yardage total. The onus was clearly on Cousins to get the ball out quickly and avoid turnovers, whether by decree from the sidelines or the pressure brought on from the Redskins' defense. He did not take a sack, and while he did throw the ball away on numerous occasions, he only accounted for one turnover, a poorly thrown pass Cowboys safety Jeff Heath intercepted. Cousins threw a massive amount of quick passes Garcon's way, allowing the receiver to accumulate yards after the catch to move the ball down the field. This was effective for the most part, except on the Redskins' final two offensive series, in which Cousins and Garcon could not connect on critical third downs to keep drives alive. Cousins looked comfortable under center, and the Redskins certainly have a decent trade chip in the offseason in him. While he is winless as a starter in 2013, he has, at least marginally, breathed a bit of life into a stagnant offense and made Redskins football watchable, which Robert Griffin III was not able to do in his final weeks as a starter.

Week 17 - The third game of the Kirk Cousins Showcase was by far the most forgettable - a soggy, somber affair in the empty New Meadowlands. It was also Cousins' first matchup with a competent defense playing for pride. The second-year quarterback from Michigan State was wildly inaccurate, completing under forty percent of his passes. Admittedly, the wind and rain played a part in Cousins' inaccuracy. Coupled with the elements was a Giants' pass rush that made Cousins look like an emergency quarterback running a bare-bones offense. Cousins took three sacks and threw two interceptions, both to Giants cornerback Trumaine McBride. His passes were wobbly and were every manner of poorly throw to his receivers. He also lost a fumble on one sack, though the Giants, who also struggled offensively, were unable to convert it to any points. While he made the Redskins into a palatable offense led by a pocket-passing quarterback against the Falcons and the Cowboys, Cousins did not look the part of an NFL quarterback on the road against the Giants. He forced passes to his receivers, especially on shorter routes, and his inaccuracy and impatience were only abetted by a Giants defense unable to reel in more would-be interceptions. Cousins entered the game against the Giants a longshot to compete for the starting job as Redskins QB1 in 2014, and left the contest with a trade value more depressed than ever. The Redskins front office certainly has a fair amount of soul (and head coach) searching to do in the offseason, with deciding what to do with Cousins being of paramount importance.