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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 22-of-30 passes for 207 yards, a touchdown, an interception, and two lost fumbles Week 11 against the Panthers.
Cousins had no help from his running game, and that allowed the defensive line to tee off on him all day. Cousins was not free of blame, however. His interception was a terrible overthrow on what would have been an easy third-down conversion in the first quarter, and he showed almost no awareness on his first sack-fumble to open the second half. Cousins had a strong game last week against a glorified college defense, but he remains prone to mistakes and has thrown for one touchdown or fewer in all but two games this season. He will not be a recommended option even in a good matchup next week against the Giants. Nov 22 - 4:23 PM

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he wants the team to re-sign impending free agent QB Kirk Cousins.

"Obviously, Kirk’s a guy we’d like to keep around, no doubt," Gruden said. "But that’ll be up to [GM Scot McCloughan] and Kirk’s agent and Kirk." The Washington Post reports there is "no evidence" contract talks have picked up, but with Robert Griffin III likely gone, Cousins should be a priority for the Redskins this offseason. A contract structured similarly to Nick Foles' deal with the Rams which allows Washington to continue evaluating Cousins at a reduced rate for the next couple seasons and allows Cousins to get out of the deal if he exceeds expectations could work for both sides.
Nov 17 - 10:44 AM

Kirk Cousins completed 20-of-25 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns in Washington’s Week 10 win over the Saints.

The matchup couldn’t have been more favorable against a barely-there secondary. Cousins had three first-half TDs, and connected with Jordan Reed for a second time in the third quarter. Most of his yards came after the catch, but Cousins was accurate at the short-to-intermediate levels. He finished with a perfect passer rating, and his 80-percent completion mark was his best of the season. Cousins will be a low-end QB2 for Week 11 against the Panthers.
Nov 15 - 4:17 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-40 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception Week 9 against the Patriots.

Cousins did not have much of a shot with New England dominating time of possession and his pass catchers dropping everything in sight. Washington receivers dropped at least seven passes, and there were several more which probably should have been caught. Cousins' interception bounced right off Pierre Garcon's hands. Perhaps the receiver issues will improve as DeSean Jackson gets healthier, but Cousins has proven time and again he is a low-upside option. Cousins is on pace for 3,908 yards, 20 touchdowns and 18 interceptions at the halfway point of the season.
Nov 8 - 4:24 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said the team will not extend Kirk Cousins unless they see more consistency down the stretch.

"As of now he’s too inconsistent to warrant a big contract and the belief that he’s the long-term answer," Keim wrote. "My last conversations about this with people in the organization suggest they won’t do anything until they see that consistency." Cousins has led comeback drives two of the last four games, but he also has more interceptions than touchdowns in four games this year. Cousins is not the franchise option the Redskins are after, and it would be surprising if they gave him a ton of guaranteed money on a long-term deal. Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent following the season.
Source: ESPN
Oct 31 - 12:34 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 33-of-40 passes for three touchdowns and rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' Week 7 win over the Buccaneers.

This was about as good as Cousins has looked. The 317 yards he posted were his most since Week 6 of 2014 when he torched the Cardinals for 354 yards on 24-of-38 passing. Cousins showed flawless chemistry with Jordan Reed, connecting on 11-of-13 throws to the tight end. His longest completion came on a beautifully executed 38-yard catch-and-run by Andre Roberts early in the third quarter. Things will get a bit tougher for Cousins next time out against New England. The Redskins have a bye week before that.
Oct 25 - 5:01 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirms Kirk Cousins won't be benched for Week 7.

"I'm not looking to make any drastic changes right now," Gruden said. Gruden did allow that Cousins "needs to play better." Cousins has been arguably the worst full-time starter in the league this season, posting a 6.23 YPA to go along with a 6:8 TD:INT ratio. Unlike generational athlete Robert Griffin III, however, Cousins is getting the benefit of the doubt. Colt McCoy or RGIII won't be far away if Cousins' play doesn't pick up in a hurry. There's been nothing in his four-year career to suggest that it will.
Oct 19 - 3:05 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden continued to support Kirk Cousins, even after another two-interception game in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Gruden strongly backed Cousins, stating the intention remains for Cousins to stay in the starting lineup for the "remainder of the season." Cousins has thrown multiple interceptions in four of the Redskins' first six games. "It was a little windy," Gruden said. "He had a lot of pressure on him, really. There were a lot of things going on pre-snap that he’s got to deal with, getting the formations, the protections and all that. ... Overall you hate to pin this game on Kirk. I know he could have played better, but we had no running game whatsoever and Kirk’s not in that stage of his career right now, nor is anybody on our roster, to carry our team throwing the ball as much as we had to." The Redskins face the Bucs next.
Oct 18 - 8:08 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-43 passes for 196 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Redskins' Week 6 loss to the Jets.

Although he still turned the ball over twice, Cousins was sacked only once in a very controlled, conservative passing offense that focused on getting the ball out of Cousins' hands near the line of scrimmage. Cousins' TD-to-INT ratio on the season currently stands at 6:8. Even against a weak Buccaneers defense, Cousins won't be a recommended streamer in Week 7.
Oct 18 - 5:24 PM

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-32 passes for 218 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Redskins' Week 5 loss to the Falcons.

He only took one sack and managed Sunday's game effectively before throwing a game-ending pick six to Falcons CB Robert Alford in overtime. Cousins will enter Week 6 with a 5:6 TD-to-INT ratio. Cousins will be a target for fantasy D/ST streamers when the Redskins face the Jets at New York next.
Oct 11 - 4:42 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3Chris Thompson
GLB1Matt Jones
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Jamison Crowder
3Andre Roberts
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Rashad Ross
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Derek Carrier
LT1Trent Williams
LG1Spencer Long
2Tom Compton
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins