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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 fully expected to be a Redskin in 2015.
It's not a true NFL offseason without Kirk Cousins trade rumors or demands, but he simply has more value to the Redskins than he would fetch in a swap. With free agent Colt McCoy moving on, Cousins will be counted on to put heat on Robert Griffin III. Per beat writer John Keim, the coaches "do like" Cousins and "there was a sense he got a raw deal last season" when he fell behind McCoy. Mar 5 - 9:15 AM
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Kirk Cousins has been working out with Jon Gruden this offseason.

We'll try not to read too deep into this, but it's certainly noteworthy that Jon is spending some time with one of his brother's players. Jay Gruden preferred Colt McCoy to Cousins in 2014, but perhaps he still sees some long-term potential. McCoy is a free agent, meaning it's Cousins who could be counted on to put some heat on Robert Griffin III in 2015.
Feb 17 - 1:55 PM

The Browns offered a fourth-round pick for Kirk Cousins last offseason but the Redskins were looking for a second-rounder.

We're not sure who this looks worse for: the Redskins for thinking Cousins was worth a second-round pick or Cleveland for standing pat with Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer. Cousins didn't help his trade value by underperforming in 2014. With that said, former Redskins and current Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has always been one of Cousins' biggest supporters. If the Redskins want to unload Cousins, Atlanta could look to stash him as a backup for Matt Ryan.
Feb 13 - 2:41 PM

ESPN Cleveland suggests Kirk Cousins may be the Browns' "prime target" as they search for a quarterback this offseason.

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan is fond of Cousins, who was drafted by the Shanahans in 2012 with Washington. If Cleveland plays its cards right, it should be able to acquire Cousins for a late-round pick. The Browns reportedly tried to trade for Cousins during the 2014 draft, offering the Redskins a fourth-round pick. At the time, the Skins wanted "at least a second." Browns beat writer Tony Grossi expects Cousins to be the Browns' "top target" this offseason.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 09:33:00 AM

Kirk Cousins said he wants to be traded if Robert Griffin III is named the Redskins 2015 starter.

It's the offseason once again in Washington, which means more headline-grabbing statements from Cousins. Note that this is a guy who torpedoed any trade value he had by throwing nine interceptions in six appearances and going 1-4 as a starter. Cousins ended the season behind both Colt McCoy and RG3 on the depth chart. He wouldn't fetch anything more than a seventh-round pick (if that) on the trade market.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:03:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 12:32:00 PM

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.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 03:16:00 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.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 02:52:00 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.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 09:35:00 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.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 09:00:00 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.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:23:00 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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 11:48:00 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.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 11:41:00 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.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 02:47:00 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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:36:00 PM