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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 believes Kirk Cousins needs to "improve seeing coverages," and making off-script plays to take his game to the "next level."
Gruden spent more time praising Cousins than critiquing him at his season-ending presser. The Redskins have made no secret of their desire to lock Cousins up long-term. Despite his sometimes polarizing play, Cousins is going to get paid and deserve it. Either via another franchise tag or multi-year pact, he'll be back with the Redskins. Jan 2 - 4:20 PM

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Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-35 passes for 287 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Redskins' 19-10, Week 17 loss to the Giants.

This one is going to sting for a while. Inexplicably losing 10-0 for much of the afternoon against a Giants team playing for nothing other than pride, the Redskins finally clawed back to a 10-10 tie before allowing the G-Men to take a 13-10 lead with 2:12 remaining. Driving for a field goal of their own, Cousins then committed the worst mistake of his career, sailing an interception under duress. The INT salted away both the game and Redskins' playoff hopes. It was a dismal day for Cousins, but it won't mean much in free agency. The 28 year old finishes 2016 with 4,917 yards passing, one of the highest totals in league history. Cousins is a frustrating player, but considering the state of quarterback around the league, also an above-average one. He'll get paid by the Redskins, and deservedly so.
Jan 1 - 7:31 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 18-of-29 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown in the Redskins' 41-21, Week 16 win over the Bears.

Cousins also rushed five times for 30 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn't a great passing day for Cousins, but he was able to rip off some chunk gains to Pierre Garcon (4-94) and DeSean Jackson (5-114), especially in the first half before the Redskins squatted on the ball late with a huge lead. Washington apparently had a plan to not let Rob Kelley score touchdowns, letting Cousins run the read-option for his nine-yard touchdown run and then calling a QB sneak for a one-yard score later. Cousins' passing score was a 17-yard dump-off to Chris Thompson, who also had a rushing score. The 8-6-1 Redskins will wrap up the regular season next week against the Giants.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:18:00 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 32-of-47 passes for 316 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Redskins' Week 15 loss to the Panthers.

Cousins continues to struggle since his lights-out performance against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. In the three games since, he's averaged just over 273 yards with a total of three touchdowns and three interceptions. His ball placement simply seemed a tad off Monday night. Cousins' interception was a shot down the seam to Vernon Davis that Kurt Coleman stepped in front of for the turnover. Cousins also lost a fumble on a strip-sack on the opening series of the third quarter, setting the Panthers up at the Redskins' one-yard line only to score an easy touchdown. Cousins will look to rebound next week at the Bears, but weather is always a factor in Chicago at this time of year.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 12:20:00 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 14-of-21 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Redskins' 27-22, Week 14 win over the Eagles.

Cousins' interception was a lazy outside toss Leodis McKelvin housed for a touchdown. Otherwise, Cousins was sharp, but struggled for volume in a game where the Eagles dominated time of possession. The biggest play of the day — perhaps a season saver — was Cousins' 80-yard touchdown strike to DeSean Jackson in the third quarter. Cousins underthrew his deep threat, but D-Jax made an excellent adjustment before shedding a tackle to head to the end zone. On pace for 4,978 yards, Cousins has an attackable Week 15 matchup in the Panthers.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:44:00 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim expects Kirk Cousins to take "a lot of shots down the field" this week against the Eagles.

Cousins had a 145.0 passer rating on throws of 10 yards or more in his first meeting with the Eagles, and the Redskins' improved running game should allow for more shot plays off play action. The #RevengeGame narrative for DeSean Jackson might actually have some legs in this one. Both he and Cousins are solid plays this week.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 08:20:00 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-37 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while adding a one-yard touchdown run in the Redskins' Week 13 loss to the Cardinals.

Cousins was quiet before halftime, but he started off the second half with an absolute dime deep down the middle of the field to DeSean Jackson. He capped that drive with a short rushing touchdown on a sneak. After losing the ball on a strip sack to let the Cardinals re-take the lead, Cousins led another solid drive he finished with a 26-yard strike to Jamison Crowder. Unfortunately, Washington could only manage a single field goal the rest of the way, and Cousins ended the game by throwing behind Crowder on what would have been a big gain and potentially a game-tying touchdown. This was not a great performance by Cousins, but he will get a chance to bounce back next week in Philadelphia. The Eagles have been shredded by Aaron Rodgers and Andy Dalton in back-to-back games.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:15:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 08:03:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 12:14:00 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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 11:54:00 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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 10:54:00 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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 04:22:00 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.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 01:35:00 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.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 04:27:00 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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 04:49:00 PM