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Kirk Cousins | Quarterback

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Michigan State
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Coach Jay Gruden was noncommittal Monday when asked if Robert Griffin III (dislocated ankle) would get his starting job back when healthy.
Reports Monday morning surfaced in D.C. stating that Gruden believed Kirk Cousins was a better fit for his offense than RG3. Gruden's refusal to anoint Griffin his starter when healthy adds fuel to that fire. "We'll cross that bridge when it comes," Gruden said. If Cousins plays well in the Andy Dalton role during RG3's 6-8 week absence, it's possible he'll remain the late-season starter. Griffin could then be placed on the offseason trade block. Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

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A source tells the Washington Post that Jay Gruden preferred Kirk Cousins to Robert Griffin III even before Sunday's injury.

Gruden had no interest in developing a scheme to suit Griffin's strengths. Instead, he tried to shoehorn RG3 into a pocket passer role and the early results were troubling. The Post says the silver lining of RG3's dislocated ankle is that Gruden now gets to insert Cousins free of political backlash. "Kirk is a special guy. ... obviously has a skill set that I feel like is very much suited for what we do," Gruden said. Cousins will be a reasonable QB2 bet at Philly in Week 3.
Sep 15 - 10:47 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-33 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 2 blowout of the Jaguars.

Robert Griffin suffered a potentially serious ankle injury on the second series of the game, bringing Cousins on in relief. The third-year man immediately shredded, completing his first 14 passes while showing total command of the Jay Gruden scheme from the pocket. He did it without DeSean Jackson (shoulder) and Jordan Reed (hamstring), but with Niles Paul (8-99-1). It's a lot like what we saw in the preseason when Cousins thoroughly outplayed RG3. Cousins will be a fine QB2 play against the Eagles in Week 3 if Griffin remains sidelined.
Sep 14 - 4:12 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the Redskins are unlikely to trade Kirk Cousins with Robert Griffin III "struggling."

There have been the usual rumors and dots connecting Cousins to the Rams after Sam Bradford re-tore his left ACL, but the move would make little sense for either side. The Redskins need a back-up plan in case RGIII flames out, while it's far from a guarantee Cousins would be an upgrade on Shaun Hill in St. Louis. He struggled mightily after replacing Griffin last December. It would be best for both sides to stand pat.
Aug 25 - 1:26 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 14-of-20 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday night's preseason game against the Ravens.

Cousins played exclusively with the second-team offense, connecting with Santana Moss and Nick Williams for his touchdowns. He's completed 35-of-54 passes (65 percent) for 370 yards with four touchdowns and an interception this preseason. Cousins will continue to back up Robert Griffin III this season. He's under contract with Washington through 2015.
Aug 24 - 12:17 AM

Redskins GM Bruce Allen confirms he "never came close" to dealing No. 2 QB Kirk Cousins during the draft.

That's because Cousins isn't worth more than a day-three pick. At that price, the Redskins are much better of keeping a player who's attempted 203 passes in two years behind Robert Griffin III. Cousins is not a commodity. Hopefully some of the talking heads out there soon realize that.
May 12 - 5:22 PM

A source tells the Washington Post that Kirk Cousins has drawn recent interest from "several teams."

The report states the Redskins continue to want at least a second-rounder for Cousins. If that's true, we'd be stunned if he isn't still a Redskin come Monday. In eight career NFL appearances, Cousins has posted a 56.2 completion percentage with eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He's 1-3 as a starter.
May 8 - 6:17 PM

Redskins GM Bruce Allen says he's had "no discussions" about trading Kirk Cousins.

As expected. Teams aren't willing to surrender an early-round pick in a loaded draft for a quarterback who struggled to a 58.4 rating and 4:7 TD:INT ratio in three spot starts down the stretch last season. Cousins would be among the second- and third-tier quarterbacks if he were in this draft class. He'll very likely handle No. 2 duties in D.C. for the remaining two years of his rookie deal.
May 6 - 11:52 AM

An NFL executive told ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim that Kirk Cousins "at most" is worth a third-round pick.

Speculation of a Cousins-to-Cleveland trade hasn't gone away deep into the pre-draft process, and may continue into Thursday based on Cousins' history with new Browns OC Kyle Shanahan. The most likely outcome remains Cousins toting the clipboard for at least one more year behind Robert Griffin III in D.C. There are increasing signs pointing to the Browns drafting a quarterback high.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 2:22 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests the Browns could target Kirk Cousins in a draft-day trade.

"It's all on the table. It might even include trade discussions for Kirk Cousins," writes beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns have ten picks in the upcoming draft, while the Redskins are without a first-rounder and may be looking for additional selections in what is widely considered the deepest draft in recent memory. The Redskins are reportedly seeking a second-round pick for Cousins. That's not going to happen. We bet they'd take a third-rounder. Ultimately, Cousins is likely to be holding the clipboard as Washington's backup in 2014.
Apr 20 - 10:20 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said the Redskins haven't heard from any teams regarding a Kirk Cousins trade.

Once the Redskins put it out there that they wanted a second-round pick in exchange for Cousins, the rumors predictably died out. The third-year man is not going anywhere despite his offseason campaign. "You need two great quarterbacks," Gruden said. "The way Robert plays, you never know what can happen."
Mar 26 - 8:19 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter stated on the Ross Tucker Podcast that two informed sources have told him the Redskins will not trade Kirk Cousins.

Schefter recently tweeted Cousins "is not going anywhere." Stated Schefter on Tucker's podcast, "Somebody told me not even with an ounce of hesitation that basically there's no way they're trading Kirk Cousins. ... And then, there was somebody else that I spoke to, who basically said 'that's exactly right. Not happening.'" Per Schefter, "Nobody's made an offer for Kirk Cousins, to my knowledge. They're not interested in listening to offers for Kirk Cousins. It's not gonna happen. That's why I tweeted he's not going anywhere."
Mar 2 - 2:59 PM

Kirk Cousins again stated his desire to be a starter.

This story just won't die. Cousins is like just about every other NFL backup in that he wants to get on the field consistently and prove to the world he's a difference-maker. But he's entering the third year of a four-year contract and the Redskins reportedly want a second-round pick in exchange for their RG3 insurance plan. It's not going to happen, meaning Cousins needs to accept his role in Washington and not be a distraction.
Feb 24 - 11:17 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Redskins "have no plans" to trade Kirk Cousins.

"He's not going anywhere," Schefter added. The Redskins were said to be seeking a second-round pick for their backup quarterback, and we'd find it hard to believe they'd turn that down if one was offered to them. However, there's little chance any team is willing to surrender that type of compensation for Cousins. He simply means more to the Redskins as a reliable backup to RGIII.
Feb 21 - 8:59 AM

A source tells the Washington Post that the Redskins want a second-round pick in exchange for Kirk Cousins.

They're highly unlikely to get it. Cousins profiles as more of a plus backup than a quality starter, as evidenced by his 56.2 completion percentage, 51.5 QBR and 8:10 TD-to-INT ratio in eight career games. It would be a sign of absolute desperation if a quarterback-needy team gave up a second-rounder for Cousins. The most likely outcome here has him returning to Washington as Robert Griffin III's backup.
Feb 19 - 1:04 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Silas Redd
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Ryan Grant
4Leonard Hankerson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
K1Kai Forbath