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Sunday, August 14, 2016, 8:19pm
With tight end Jordan Reed aligned in a tight slot position to the right and running back Chris Thompson split further outside, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins pounced on a defensive move. When safety DeAngelo Hall walked up to the line of scrimmage across from Reed, Cousins called an audible.
It turned into a touchdown pass, though if there had been officials it might have been a pick play (can’t rewind practice tape to check it if you don’t have it). But once Hall crept to the line, the Redskins changed to what amounted to a screen by Thompson. That freed Reed to run to the corner and catch Cousins’ pass.
As the story said, it was an example of how quickly the offense can adjust to a move by the defense. And the story said it's not just Cousins, but the entire offense. Something to keep in mind is Cousins, Reed and Thompson are in their third year in this offense, so they quickly were able to change their assignments.
Posted by Scott Pagel
Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 1:31pm
It's almost as if a switch went on for Kirk Cousins last season. Weeks 1-6 he threw six TDs and eight INTs before finishing Weeks 7-16 throwing 23 TDs to just three INTs. HC Jay Gruden was supposed to bring a running attack to Washington but it turned out the offense needed to throw to be successful. There's already talk of that being the case again this year with WRs like Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and emerging WRs Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson. With Robert Griffin III out of the picture, the job is clearly Cousins.
There's still a bit of a question as to whether or not Cousins is for real. Can Cousins continue the pace from the second half of the season or will he revert back to Weeks 1-6. With Alfred Morris now out of the way, there's a chance the team will want to feed Matt Jones and Chris Thompson the ball to establish a running game, something the Skins struggled to do last season. This would obviously put a dent in Cousins' fantasy potential.
If you're going to build your team around WRs and RBs and wait on QB, Cousins is a guy who should be available later in drafts. Right now we rank Cousins 13th among QBs on our list. His ADP is the 11th round in 12-team leagues, that's high-value potential as a low-end QB1 in 12-team leagues. In ten-team leagues, Cousins makes for an excellent QB2 option whether you take your QB1 early or later in drafts.
2016 Strength of Schedule - WAS
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||23.69||33.94||260.38||1.81||0.69||7.67||10.99||1.63||3.00||0.31||0.19||1.85||64.19/66.94||95.76% |