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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
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Kirk Cousins completed 31-of-46 passes for 289 yards and the game-winning touchdowns Week 4 against the Eagles.
Cousins hooked up with Pierre Garcon three times on the Redskins' game-winning drive including a four-yard touchdown with less than 30 seconds to go in the game. With the running game struggling, Washington relied on Cousins and the short-passing game to move the ball down the field. Cousins was successful dinking and dunking underneath, completing 67 percent of his throws and allowing the Redskins to dominate time of possession by over 20 minutes. Cousins is never going to be a fantasy star, but he can be a serviceable starter for the Redskins as they attempt to execute a ball-control gameplan. After four games, Cousins is on pace for 4,016 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Oct 4 - 4:26 PM

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Coach Jay Gruden said Kirk Cousins remains the Redskins' starter, and "there is no quarterback controversy whatsoever."

"Kirk was fine," Gruden said. "We've got to play better around him. We got to do some things around him. We can't make this all about the quarterback. We got to create some turnovers on defense. We got to continue to run the ball, and the receivers got to make some plays. And Kirk's got to do better. We've all got to do better." Cousins' leash is getting shorter, but he's got 10 days to prepare for the Eagles. Colt McCoy remains a strong bet to make starts this season.
Sep 25 - 10:39 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-49 passes for 315 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Washington's 32-21, Week 3 loss to the Giants.

As former Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling opined on Twitter, it might have been the most meaningless 300-yard game in NFL history. Cousins was flat-out bad, showing no drive on his passes while continually staring down receivers. Both his picks were forced into too tight of coverage, while he underthrew Jordan Reed on two "gimme" touchdowns. 119 of Cousins' yards came on Washington's pointless final two drives. Game flow hurt the Redskins this evening, but a lot of it was Cousins' fault. He won't survive many more performances like this as starter. Cousins gets the Eagles in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 11:55 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden believes Kirk Cousins is "becoming more poised," and "bouncing back from adversity better."

Gruden believes Cousins still has lots of untapped potential. Gruden acknowledged Cousins will continue to make mistakes going forward, but that he's become "mentally stronger." Despite Gruden's lofty words, Cousins has just 398 yards and two touchdowns through two starts. He's being used in a caretaker role, one that might not translate to the spot-start fantasy value he's had in the past.
Sep 22 - 1:59 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 23-of-27 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown in the Redskins' Week 2 win over the Rams.

Cousins didn't have to do much more than simply be efficient and not turn the ball over. He did just that with no turnovers and only four incompletions. The Redskins' offensive line dominated the Rams' defensive line, opening gaping holes for Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. Cousins' score was a four-yard toss to Pierre Garcon, who boxed out the cornerback for an easy grab. This is the formula to success for Washington. Cousins is a mere low-end QB2 and will take the Redskins on the road to the Giants in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 4:21 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-31 passes for 195 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Washington's 17-10, Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

It was a mediocre day made worse by the early loss of DeSean Jackson to a hamstring injury. Cousins' first interception was a horrifying ball that should have never been thrown on 3rd-and-18, but the second was just a phenomenal play by Dolphins CB Brice McCain. Cousins showed good chemistry with Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed, but did nothing to alter the perception that he'll be a limited game manager for coach Jay Gruden. Cousins will be off the DFS radar against the Rams in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 4:23 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden named Kirk Cousins the team's starting quarterback.

Gruden said Cousins "is the best quarterback on our roster" and will be the starter for all of 2015. That may be the intention today, but nothing in the Redskins' recent history suggests they will slide through the entire season with one quarterback. Cousins owns a 59-percent career completion rate and has thrown 19 interceptions to 18 touchdowns in his three-year career. Robert Griffin III and even Colt McCoy could still make starts this season.
Aug 31 - 12:46 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have named Kirk Cousins as their Week 1 starter.

Over the weekend Russini reported Washington planned to start Cousins Week 1. She has taken it a step further this time by saying the team was informed of the decision to start Cousins this morning. Russini's original report was questioned by other national reporters like the NFL Network's Albert Breer, so it will be interesting to see if this one gets any pushback. It is becoming clear Robert Griffin III's time in Washington is nearing its end.
Aug 31 - 9:20 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he will discuss his quarterback decision with GM Scot McCloughan, team president Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder.

Gruden added he had the final say in the quarterback decision, but if that were the case Robert Griffin III likely would not have been named the starter in February. Kirk Cousins was shaky in the third preseason game, but at this point he may offer Washington the best chance to win. Griffin may not be cleared from his concussion in time to play Week 1, so all of this may end up being a moot point.
Aug 29 - 11:31 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-27 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Redskins' third preseason game.

Cousins looked scared in the pocket early in the game. His interception came on a screen pass when he forced the ball into a crowd, and he fumbled a snap on the first play of the next drive. He struggled with ball placement all night, and his touchdown came on a tipped ball which should have been intercepted. Cousins calmed down as the game wore on, and he was sharp two-minute touchdown drive to close out the first half. Even if Cousins opens the season as the starter, he should not be trusted in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 29 - 9:29 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer said the Redskins have yet to make a decision on their Week 1 starter.

This negates a report from ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, who said Kirk Cousins had been tabbed for Week 1. Russini spent several years covering the Redskins, so she is aa plugged in with the team as any national reporter. Robert Griffin III (concussion) may not be cleared to play by Week 1, which would make this all a moot point. The bigger point to take away from the last week is the Redskins' organization is about as dysfunctional as they come.
Aug 29 - 1:42 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins in Week 1 against the Dolphins.

Russini made her bones as a D.C. reporter, so she is as plugged into the team as any national reporter. ESPN's Ed Werder reported GM Scot McCloughan is "determined to change team culture" and could decide to move on from Robert Griffin III. The mystifying situation surrounding Griffin's concussion may have given McCloughan a prime opportunity to cut ties. Cousins is the owner of a career 59-percent completion rate and has an 18:19 TD-to-INT ratio across 14 NFL appearances.
Aug 29 - 11:14 AM

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will start the third preseason game.

Cousins has gotten most of the second-team reps ahead of Colt McCoy, so this is not that surprising. With Robert Griffin III (concussion) sidelined indefinitely, Cousins could open the season as the Redskins' starter.
Aug 29 - 9:03 AM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports if the Jets had hired Dan Quinn as coach, they likely would have acquired Kirk Cousins to be their quarterback.

That's because Quinn would've hired Kyle Shanahan as his OC with the Jets just like he did when he got the job with the Falcons. Per Mehta, Shanahan's plan didn't include Geno Smith, and Shanahan has an "affinity" for Cousins after he was the OC for the Redskins when Cousins was drafted. It's all moot now, but it's an interesting story nonetheless, especially after Smith's broken jaw.
Aug 21 - 9:15 AM

Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan still thinks Kirk Cousins will have a "great career" as an NFL starter.

"I think Kirk Cousins has a big-time future," Shanahan said. "He’s a starter in the NFL, and that’ll be proven out in time." Cousins completed 12-of-14 passes for 154 yards after taking over for Robert Griffin III in the preseason opener. He’s always looked good in the preseason, but has never put it together consistently in the regular season. Entering the final year of his contract, Cousins will likely be limited to backup-caliber offers in 2016 free agency.
Aug 15 - 5:39 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Jamison Crowder
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Derek Carrier
3Anthony McCoy
LT1Trent Williams
LG1Tom Compton
2Arie Kouandjio
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Spencer Long
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins