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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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Kirk Cousins is a healthy scratch for Sunday's Week 13 game at Indy.
Jay Gruden has gotten his way and benched Robert Griffin III, but RG3 is still ahead of Cousins and is active as the No. 2 behind Colt McCoy. The rudderless Redskins now have two quarterbacks they'll be trying to fetch late-round picks for this offseason. Nov 30 - 12:32 PM

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Colt McCoy has officially passed Kirk Cousins on the Redskins' depth chart.

In other words, it wasn't a one-time thing as the Redskins searched for a "spark." McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and get the call against the Cowboys if Robert Griffin III (ankle) isn't ready. Cousins can be safely dropped in all formats of fantasy.
Oct 20 - 3:16 PM

Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime of Washington's Week 7 game against the Titans.

Colt McCoy is now in the game, and threw a 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon on his first attempt. Cousins' benching was richly deserved, as he committed two first-half turnovers, and appeared genuinely spooked. CBS commentator Rich Gannon was less than impressed with Cousins' body language as he went 10-of-16 for 139 yards, zero scores, one pick and one lost fumble. Cousins' fumble was a sack where he held onto the ball for far too long, while his pick was thrown right to LB Wesley Woodyard. Cousins leads the NFL in interceptions despite his part-time slate. Robert Griffin III is shaping up as a strong bet to return in Week 8. Cousins is safely droppable in all formats of fantasy.
Oct 19 - 2:52 PM

Kirk Cousins has struggled in the second half of games this season.

Cousins has completed 65.3 percent of his throws and thrown six touchdowns to zero interceptions in the first half this season. He is only completing 57.8 percent with a 4:8 TD-to-INT ratio in the second half. Cousins believes the discrepancy results from him pressing as the Redskins fight back from big deficits. Despite his real-life struggles, Cousins has been a decent fantasy bet, scoring the 13th most fantasy points per game among quarterbacks this season. He is an interesting QB2 against the Titans this week.
Oct 18 - 9:35 AM

Coach Jay Gruden said he will not replace Kirk Cousins with Colt McCoy.

Cousins has been bad in real life, throwing seven interceptions in his last three games and losing four straight. But his gunslinger style is working well for fantasy owners, as he's averaging 330.2 yards and 2.0 touchdowns during that span. So despite the woes, Cousins is on the QB1 streamer radar for a nice home matchup against Tennessee this week. Gruden knows that turning to the popgun-armed McCoy would only handcuff this offense.
Oct 14 - 9:00 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 24-of-38 passes for 354 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Redskins' Week 6 loss to Arizona.

Cousins got the Redskins on the board early in the second quarter by threading a 64-yard touchdown dart to DeSean Jackson, who whipped Patrick Peterson. Cousins hit Pierre Garcon for a five-yard score to give Washington some late-game life, but was pick sixed on the Redskins' ensuing possession by Cardinals S Rashad Johnson. Just a week-to-week streamer QB in fantasy, Cousins will continue to be a turnover-prone option next week against the Titans, albeit with upside. Jay Gruden is letting Cousins be a gunslinger.
Oct 12 - 8:23 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-36 passes for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Redskins' Week 5, 27-17 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night.

Cousins actually played pretty decently aside from a few off-target passes early in the game. Seattle easily boasts the top defense in the league, and Cousins luckily got them on his turf. He hooked up with DeSean Jackson on a 60-yard TD bomb behind Kam Chancellor before finding Jackson again for 57 yards on the first play of the third quarter. In the short passing game, Cousins leaned on Andre Roberts, whom he found for a late 6-yard TD, and Roy Helu. Pierre Garcon and Niles Paul were non-factors, and the run game managed just 32 yards. Still, Cousins is 0-6 in his last six starts. That's not enough to emphatically win the job over RGIII.
Oct 6 - 11:48 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 19-of-33 passes for 257 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Washington's 45-14, Week 4 loss to the Giants, also losing a fumble.

Cousins was simply horrendous, staring down receivers, underthrowing passes and failing time and again to be on the same page with his pass catchers. One of the passes he did complete was an over-the-middle ball into triple coverage that got TE Niles Paul concussed. Cousins' confidence was clearly shattered in the second half of a blowout, but coach Jay Gruden kept dialing up passes. Cousins was the complete 180 of the passer he was against the Eagles in Week 3, and is going to have an extremely difficult time getting on track in Week 5 when the Seahawks come to town. Tonight should quash any hope there was of Cousins becoming a QB1. He's a pure streamer, one who will be off the radar vs. Seattle.
Sep 25 - 11:41 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Kirk Cousins could remain the team's starting quarterback even after Robert Griffin III (ankle) returns in 6-8 weeks.

"Crazy things have happened in NFL," Gruden said. "I'm not going to discount anything." Gruden is just admitting the obvious, but it's telling he isn't being more diplomatic barely a week after RGIII went down. Gruden was trying to square peg Griffin into a round hole as his quarterback, while Cousins is a perfect fit for what he's trying to do. RGIII owners need to move forward realizing there's a good chance he doesn't start another game this season.
Sep 23 - 2:47 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 30-of-48 passes for 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 3 loss at Philadelphia.

Robert Griffin III may never get his job back. Cousins turned in one of the best performances by a quarterback all season, repeatedly throwing perfectly into tiny windows all over the field. He's clearly very comfortable in this Jay Gruden scheme that turned Andy Dalton into fantasy's No. 5 overall quarterback last season. Cousins has tough matchups coming up (vs. NYG, vs. SEA, at ARZ), but needs to be owned in all formats. If he holds off RG3 all year, note that the Redskins host this rancid Eagles pass defense in Week 16 -- also known as fantasy Super Bowl week.
Sep 21 - 4:36 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Silas Redd
4Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Darrel Young
3RB1Roy Helu
2Silas Redd
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Santana Moss
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Leonard Hankerson
3Ryan Grant
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Logan Paulsen
K1Kai Forbath