Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:21pm
After Robert Griffin III struggled in joint practices with New England last week, members of the Patriots organization opined to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss that Kirk Cousins was the best quarterback on the Redskins roster.
Reiss specifically cited Cousins' edge in "running the offense, fine-tuned mechanics and how decisively the ball came out of his hand."
Griffin attempted just four passes in the preseason opener, a 23-6 win over the Pats, but we couldn't help but wonder if the footwork issues that dogged him last season have yet to be ironed out.
As well as Cousins played versus the Patriots, though, there is no hint of controversy in Washington.
It would be hard to believe the team would turn to Cousins as the starting QB over RGIII. If anything, this increases Cousin's trade value...
Friday, August 8, 2014, 9:49am
Pats rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s surprisingly productive performance was particularly noticeable after Mallett’s struggles. The second-rounder completed 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL action, and wide receiver Brian Tyms had five receptions for 119 yards and the scoring grab.
Mallett did have some moments, completing passes to Brandon LaFell and Josh Boyce, the story noted. The performance comes just days after Mallett was deemed NFL ready and was called someone who could start in the NFL right now.
Friday, February 7, 2014, 10:57am
Browns OC Kyle Shanahan said he was “a big fan” of Brian Hoyer’s coming out of Michigan State in 2009 and reviewed him again when New England let Hoyer go in 2012. By then, Shanahan had his hands full with RG3 and Kirk Cousins as rookies.
“I think Brian’s a very capable guy,” Shanahan said. “Everyone’s looking for one of those top five guys. If you’re not one of those top five guys, then odds are you’re trying to get replaced. Obviously, no one here has proven they are one of those top five guys.
“But he has shown he can play in this league. You’ve got to see what his ceiling is and how high a level he can reach. Everyone wants a franchise quarterback. I truly believe that’s the only way to have sustained success in this league. I’m not saying he is. But he hasn’t shown that he can’t be. So I’m looking forward to studying him more. It’s nice to be in this building so I can look at a lot of practice tape, also.”
Hoyer is atop the Cleveland depth chart at this point, but the Browns are expected to draft a QB early.
This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.
NFL Network, which had earlier reported Cousins would start, reported that Redskins players have been told that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday's game and veteran Rex Grossman would be the backup quarterback.
Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffered in the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.
Cousins has one NFL start in his career -- Week 15 last year against the Browns in Cleveland. He threw for 329 yards on 26-of-37 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed three times for 22 yards. He was the #7 QB that week. He comes in at #19 in a nice matchup against the Falcons, though he carries some risk since the Redskins organization is a dysfunctional mess right now. Alfred Morris may see a few extra carries, but the defense won't have to respect Cousins' running ability as much, so they can key on Morris. Pierre Garcon looks like an upside WR2, while Jordan Reed -- if healthy -- isn't a bad option at tight end.
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"No doubt at all," Cousins said.
Cousins participated in practice Monday but said he's still not 100 percent when it comes to rolling out or quick changes of direction, the story said. If RGIII doesn't play, Cousins may actually be an emergency, QB2 option against what's been a very poor Eagles secondary.
The Redskins need the insurance of Cousins, even with Robert Griffin III expected to be ready for Week 1 as well. It's a good matchup for either QB against an Eagles defense that isn't supposed to be very good. If for some reason neither QB could play, Rex Grossman would get the call.
With 11:50 left in the second quarter of the Monday Night game against the Steelers, Cousins dropped back to pass, didn't find any receivers open, and took off running towards the sidelines. Except Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons beat him to it, tackling the second-year quarterback by the ankles.
Cousins limped back to the huddle before sitting down in the middle of the field and pointing to his right foot. He eventually hobbled to the bench where he was examined by the Redskins' medial staff.
Cousins didn't return to the game, but the team announced at halftime that X-rays of Cousins' right foot were negative - and it was diagnosed as a mid-foot sprain. With Robert Griffin III out of the preseason, most likely, the team went to veteran Rex Grossman. That's not a direction they want to go in come Week 1...
Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has spent the offseason working with the first-string offense while Robert Griffin III recovers from knee surgery. But Cousins thinks the chances are slim to none that he’ll be with the first-string offense when the season starts.
“Robert looked awesome, and I’m not just saying that,” he said on NFL AM. “He is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, he has healed very quickly, he couldn’t practice with us, but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring during OTAs and minicamp. He looked really good. I think he’ll be on the field Week One. But my mindset is to be ready no matter what, and I’m getting ready all summer so I’ll be ready if called upon.”
It appears to be all systems go for Griffin to play in Week 1. Now the only worry is that he's going to alter the way he plays (i.e. fewer runs) to protect his body. While it's not a bad idea (at all), fewer runs will likely result in fewer fantasy points.
Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:24pm
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will continue to be evaluated on a daily basis this week, according to coach Mike Shanahan, who gave no indication Monday whether he expects Griffin to return to the lineup for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.
Shanahan would not say whether he expects Griffin to practice fully Wednesday.
Griffin was limited in practices last week and was held out of Sunday’s win at Cleveland because of a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, according to the story. Kirk Cousins started in Griffin’s place and threw for two touchdowns to extend the Redskins’ winning streak to five games. Cousins could be a decent option, likely in the QB2 ranks, this week against the Eagles.
Robert Griffin III (knee) will apparently miss the game. This is a downgrade for the entire passing game, though Alfred Morris could see a few extra carries with Cousins under center.
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:16pm
Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that a team doctor will determine whether or not Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will play on Sunday versus the Browns. RGIII suffered an injury to his LCL and didn’t take first-team reps all week. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start in Griffin’s place if the No. 2 overall pick can’t go.
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