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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback | #8

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (102) / WAS
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Redskins coach Jay Gruden says he has "total faith" in Kirk Cousins.
"We have total faith that Kirk will get it done, and he will get it done," said Gruden. "He has proven that he can be a successful quarterback in this league." Those are the type of cookie-cutter remarks you'd expect from a coach when his star player is going through a rough patch. Lip service or not, Cousins doesn't appear to be in danger of losing his starting job. The contract-year quarterback is off to a nightmare start and rumors have surfaced that he's starting to lose the locker room. Gruden's vote of confidence helps but ultimately it's up to Cousins to right the ship. He'll try to do that Sunday against the Giants. Sep 20 - 11:21 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Kirk Cousins has completed just 5-of-17 passes for 34 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the red zone this season.

Cousins was stellar in the scoring area last season, completing 64 percent of his throws and posting 22 touchdowns against zero interceptions. The red-zone struggles help explain why Cousins has just one touchdown on 89 attempts through two games. Cousins is not playing well, but the touchdowns will come eventually. He will remain a fantasy factor in a pass-first offense with plenty of weapons.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 10:37 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports Redskins players "have begun to complain about quarterback Kirk Cousins, pointing to a lack of decisiveness, erratic play, and confusion" following the Week 2 loss to the Cowboys.

The Redskins are off to an 0-2 start after winning the NFC East last season. Cousins has thrown one touchdown and three interceptions across the two games and has looked wholly inaccurate at times. It's still early enough in the season, but the Giants are 2-0 and have the Redskins on tap next. "He can watch the tape, find out what’s going on if he’s not sure what the indecision might be, why he’s missing some throws, but you know, it’s a tough game" coach Jay Gruden said Sunday. "He’s got to make some tough throws and usually ones he would normally hit but he missed a few today." Some players reportedly believe Colt McCoy would play with more "poise." Cousins isn't in danger of being benched anytime soon.
Sep 18 - 8:25 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 28-of-46 passes for 364 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Redskins' Week 2 loss to Dallas.

He added two scrambles for 20 yards. Cousins has piled up a ton of passing yardage through two games in Washington's pass-first offense, but his on-field play has been horrific. His worst pass Sunday was an end-zone interception thrown directly into the arms of Cowboys FS Barry Church. The Redskins visit the Giants next. Cousins will be a low-end streamer in that game, but does get the Browns at home the following week.
Sep 18 - 5:08 PM

Kirk Cousins said he will "always be" a work in progress.

Coach Jay Gruden described Cousins as a work in progress after Monday night's loss. In response, Cousins recounted advice Tom Brady gave him after a game last season. "His answer was what I would echo here, and that it’s still clicking," Cousins said. "You’ve never figured it out. You’ve never arrived. The minute you think you have is probably when you’re going to be gone." Cousins struggled against the Steelers, but he has a great opportunity for a bounceback this week against the Cowboys.
Sep 15 - 9:30 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-43 passes for 329 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and also rushed once for eight yards Monday in the Redskins' Week 1 loss to the Steelers.

The numbers are deceiving as most of his yards came in garbage time. Cousins really wasn’t sharp on Monday, often jamming balls into the dirt and mistiming his throws. He forced the ball to Jordan Reed on a play where he had the check-down open, resulting in an interception. The pick was his first at home since Week 1 of last season. He threw another on a desperation end-zone heave with 18 seconds left in regulation. Playing under the franchise tag, this wasn’t how Cousins wanted to start his contract year. He won’t be more than a QB2 against the Cowboys next week.
Sep 12 - 10:24 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 12-of-23 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in one half of action during Friday night's third preseason game.

Cousins chucked an ugly pick on the sideline to kill the Redskins' first drive, throwing far outside the numbers to a covered receiver. He atoned with touchdown passes to Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Ryan Grant, catching fire in the second quarter as the Bills rested first-team defenders. Tonight's stat line looks better than Cousins played, but he remains one of the premier late-round quarterback picks due to his elite weapons, pass-first offense, and soft schedule in the first half of the season.
Aug 26 - 9:40 PM

Kirk Cousins is not expected to play against the Jets Friday night.

He is not believed to be dealing with an injury, so this is likely just a day off, perhaps because it is his birthday. Colt McCoy will start. Jordan Reed, Josh Norman, DeSean Jackson, Bashaud Breeland, Trent Williams, and Ryan Kerrigan are also getting the night off.
Aug 19 - 7:36 PM

Redskins OC Sean McVay said Kirk Cousins has displayed a better "overall command of the offense."

Cousins agrees, saying he has "a better understanding of the nuances" of the offense. "There are so many nuances and unique situations that only experienced players and quarterbacks are able to navigate properly," Cousins said. "So just continuing to get put in those situations and react and make quick decisions and the right ones is where I'm continuing to grow." Playing under the franchise tag, Cousins has a lot of money riding on his ability to master the offense and get the ball to his playmakers this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 11 - 1:04 PM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports Kirk Cousins "hasn’t looked the sharpest on downfield throws" early in camp.

Jones reports all but one of Cousins' interceptions have come on deep throws or fade routes. Cousins struggled downfield early last season as well, but his completion percentage improved dramatically once DeSean Jackson returned to the lineup. Jones adds Cousins has been "really sharp in that short to intermediate range." Despite this report, Cousins is still a nice pick in the later rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 2 - 11:07 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports Redskins GM Scot McCloughan did not meet Kirk Cousins' asking price in long-term talks because McCloughan believes he can find a cheaper replacement for Cousins "at some point in the next year or two."

In other words, the Skins view Cousins as a replacement-level quarterback. Specifically, Florio wrote McCloughan "believes he can find a comparable quarterback who will be much cheaper than Cousins, at some point in the next year or two." Florio reported Cousins wanted $44 million guaranteed at signing, far more than the $24 million McCloughan was willing to commit. As much as any quarterback in the league, Cousins has a ton riding on the 2016 season.
Jul 18 - 11:08 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Redskins' best long-term offer to Kirk Cousins before Friday was worth $16 million per year.

Friday was the deadline for teams to sign franchise players long term. GM Scot McCloughan wasn't willing to exceed $16 million annually and was offering only $24 million guaranteed. Letting Cousins play out this season on his $19.953 million tag could be best for both parties. The Redskins will get another full year to evaluate him and Cousins will have another season of tape with one of the NFL's top pass-catcher corps, which he could conceivably parlay into a monster deal with Washington or someone else in 2017.
Jul 17 - 1:04 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler reports the Redskins will not reach a deal with franchise player Kirk Cousins before Friday's deadline.

He'll become the first quarterback to play under the franchise tag since Drew Brees in 2005. The Redskins reportedly offered Cousins $16 million annually with up to $24 million guaranteed but that wasn't enough to close the gap. He's seeking a deal that would pay him at least $44 million over the first two seasons. The 27-year-old will earn $19.953 under the franchise tag in 2016.
Jul 15 - 3:28 PM

Profootballtalk confirms the Redskins are not expected to reach an extension with franchise player Kirk Cousins ahead of Friday's deadline.

PFT reported as such last week, and nothing has changed over the past seven days. Cousins is betting on himself, and the Redskins are making him prove his 2015 was not a fluke. It's a sensible strategy from both sides.
Jul 14 - 4:38 PM

A source with "knowledge of the situation" tells Profootballtalk there will be no long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise player Kirk Cousins before the July 15 deadline.

Per the source, even further negotiations are unlikely. This has been the expectation for months. Cousins is comfortable playing under his $19.953 million tender, while the Redskins — wisely — want to see him repeat his 2015 before handing out a cornerstone player contract. Cousins turns 28 next month.
Jul 8 - 1:03 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3Rob Kelley
GLB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Matt Jones
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Rashad Ross
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Josh Doctson
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Niles Paul
4Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
LG1Shawn Lauvao
2Spencer Long
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins