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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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Kirk Cousins completed 41-of-52 passes for 449 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Redskins' Week 12 Thanksgiving loss to Dallas.
The Cowboys got the win, but Cousins got the stats. Like a poor man's Drew Brees, Cousins waited for the open man to break open and consistently delivered, dicing up the Cowboys' Mo Claiborne- and Barry Church-less secondary. You can keep doubting Cousins or you can embrace reality: This is a top-12 NFL quarterback with a Top-5 supporting cast, and that equates to Top-10 fantasy stats. Nov 24 - 8:03 PM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins are willing to use the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again this offseason if they cannot reach a long-term deal.

It is both price and cap prohibitive to use the tag two years in a row on the same player, but the Redskins look willing to pay the price. The better option would be to reach a long-term deal with a quarterback who has proven he is worth the investment this season. That is also the most likely outcome.
Nov 24 - 12:14 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-30 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns in Washington's Week 11 win over the Packers.

Cousins had his way with the Packers secondary, hitting Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder for 50-plus yard touchdowns. He connected with DeSean Jackson for a 17-yard post for his other score. The stats are big, but most of his deep shots were on blown coverages. Cousins still made some nice throws he hasn't shown this year. He's been on fire with a 8:1 TD/INT ratio over his last four games. Cousins will be a QB1 for Thursday's game against Dallas.
Nov 20 - 11:54 PM

The game total on Sunday night's Packers-Redskins game has dropped by 2-3 points.

Some books have the total at 49, others at 48. It opened at 51 points. We believe the reason for the line movement is weather concern relating to wind in the forecast, although the latest forecasts for FedEx Field aren't nearly as severe as Sunday's games in Cleveland and New York. Kirk Cousins probably has the least to worry about among quarterbacks in Sunday's weather-affected games. The Redskins aren't a vertical passing offense, anyway, and the wind isn't looking too bad based on the latest estimates. We would still downgrade players like DeSean Jackson, Redskins K Dustin Hopkins, and Packers K Mason Crosby.
Nov 20 - 10:54 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-33 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns in Washington's Week 10 win over the Vikings.

Cousins threw both of his touchdowns on the Washington's first two drives. He managed the game from there, with the majority of his yards coming on checkdowns to Pierre Garcon. Cousins has a 5:1 TD/INT ratio over his last three games but isn't taking any deep shots. A matchup with the Packers in Week 11 has him on the streaming map.
Nov 13 - 4:22 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 38-of-56 passes for 458 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Redskins' Week 8 tie with the Bengals.

Cousins outplayed Andy Dalton and put the team in position to win with both a dominant first half and two touchdown drives in the second, but Washington blew plenty of chances to put the game away. The most notable was a missed field goal in overtime, but the Redskins failed in the red zone a couple times in the first half and settled for a field goal after driving to the Cincinnati 22 late in the fourth quarter. Cousins certainly shares some of the blame for those miscues, but overall it was a solid performance. Despite the big day, Cousins will not be worth using against the Vikings after the bye.
Oct 30 - 1:35 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-39 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 20-17, Week 7 loss to the Lions, adding three carries for 19 yards and a touchdown.

With the Redskins trailing 13-10 with 1:05 remaining, Cousins appeared to give his team the victory with a brilliant 19-yard keeper on a read option. Instead, Matthew Stafford marched right down the field and stole the game for the Lions. Cousins was highly accurate, but couldn't hit any big plays. He continued to show zero chemistry with DeSean Jackson. He also lost a fumble on an ill-advised handoff decision as he was falling backward. Cousins has been keeping his head above water in fantasy, but lacked his 2015 ceiling. He'll be on the QB1/2 borderline against the Bengals in London next week.
Oct 23 - 4:27 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-34 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Redskins' Week 6 win over the Eagles.

Cousins did all of his damage in the first half, throwing a pair of touchdowns to Jamison Crowder and Vernon Davis. His interception was a bad pick-six, but he managed Washington to their fourth straight win. Cousins failed to hook up with DeSean Jackson on his only deep shot. His lack of downfield ability limits his upside, but Cousins will remain a high-floor QB2 for Week 7 against Detroit.
Oct 16 - 4:49 PM

Over the last two seasons, Kirk Cousins has a 14-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio without Jordan Reed (concussion, questionable) in the lineup.

With Reed on the field, Cousins has thrown 32 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. Reed is almost certainly going to miss this week, and Cousins is facing an Eagles defense which has given up the second-fewest points per game to quarterbacks. There are better options on the wire.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 10:42 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 29-of-41 passes for 260 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Redskins' Week 5 win over the Ravens.

The Redskins got the win, but Cousins' game was another story of missed opportunities. He missed Jordan Reed for a would-be long gain early, and also missed DeSean Jackson for a would-be long touchdown bomb in the second half. Cousins is best viewed as a high-end QB2 in season-long fantasy leagues. He gets another difficult matchup against the Eagles' defense next.
Oct 9 - 4:58 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-27 passes for 183 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in Washington's Week 4 win over the Browns.

Cousins didn't have a ton of yards with Joe Haden taking away DeSean Jackson. He threw all of his touchdowns in the red-zone, with two of them going to Jordan Reed. After getting off to a slow start, Cousins has bounced back with five TDs over the last two games. He's a low-end QB1 for Week 5 at Baltimore.
Oct 2 - 4:19 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-35 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns in Washington's 29-27, Week 3 win over the Giants.

Cousins also fumbled, but the Redskins recovered. Cousins remained horrendous in the red zone — six Washington trips inside the Giants' 30-yard line produced five field goals — but found DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder for long scores. D-Jax's was a perfectly-delivered 44-yarder in stride, while Crowder turned a screen into a weaving 55-yarder. Cousins still sailed too many throws and flat out missed more than one receiver, but looked better than he did in Weeks 1 and 2, and against a solid defense. He'll be back in the QB1 discussion against the Browns in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 4:52 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 20 - 11:21 AM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Nate Sudfeld
RB1Rob Kelley
2Matt Jones
3Chris Thompson
GLB1Rob Kelley
2Matt Jones
3RB1Chris Thompson
2Matt Jones
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Rashad Ross
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Josh Doctson
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Vernon Davis
3Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
2Vinston Painter
LG1Shawn Lauvao
C1Spencer Long
2John Sullivan
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins