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8 Kirk Cousins QB
Height/Weight: 6-3/202 | Birthdate: 8/19/1988 | Birthplace: Barrington, IL, USA | Team: Washington | College: Michigan State | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 73/25 | Average Draft Position: 168.00
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Kirk Cousins tops 400 yards, three scores in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins put together a huge performance in his first start of the season in Week 3, but he just feel short in a 37-34 loss to the Eagles.

Cousins led the team on five scoring drives in the game, and put together one of the most productive single-game performances in team history. Cousins passed for 427 yards in the game, the fourth-highest total in Redskins history. He completed 30 of 48 passes and racked up three touchdowns, but also threw a costly interception mid-way through the fourth quarter, his first of the season.

Cousins has impressed through his first two games, after taking over in relief last week. He has passed for 677 yards while completing 52 of 81 passes, with five touchdowns and one turnover. He will look for more success in Week 4 against the Giants, set for Thursday. 


Kirk Cousins impresses in relief duty


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Redskins quarter Kirk Cousins was forced into action in Week 2 against the Jaguars following an injury to starter Robert Griffin III, and Cousins excelled in a 41-10 win Sunday.

Cousins entered the game in the first quarter and proceeded to complete his first 12 passes, including a 20-yard touchdown to running back Darrell Young on his second play. It was one of two touchdowns Cousins would throw in the win.

Cousins ultimately finished the game 22 of 33 for 250 yards and two scores, while being sacked just twice. Griffin was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle following the game, which should leave Cousins as the starter moving forward. The team's next game is set for Week 3 against the Eagles next Sunday. 


Redskins dispel notion of quarterback controversy


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) With reports circulating that Kirk Cousins has been outplaying Robert Griffin III in training camp, Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay sought to dispel any notion of a quarterback controversy. "Robert is our starting quarterback," McVay emphatically told reporters.

Report: Kirk Cousins outperforming Robert Griffin III


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) The Redskins' Robert Griffin III "didn't look like the best quarterback on his own team" in joint practices with the Patriots last week, reports ESPN.com. Kirk Cousins played better than Griffin "from the perpsective of running the offense, fine-tuned mechanics and how decisively the ball came out of his hand," the report said.

That sentiment was echoed by several people in the Patriots' organization, the report added.


Kirk Cousins in a groove against Patriots


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played most of the first half against the Patriots, completing 9 of 13 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Cousins hit wideout Aldrick Robinson for a 10-yard score late in the first quarter.

Kirk Cousins' trade called unlikely


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Redskins still could trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins during the NFL draft, but it's a long shot, reports the Washington Post. A source told the paper that another team made contact with the Redskins but added it's "doubtful [that] anything happens."

Redskins say no Kirk Cousins trade talks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2014) Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said the team has had no trade talks regarding backup quarterback Kirk Cousins and that he's "happy" to have Cousins on the team, reports the Washington Post.

Report: Kirk Cousins worth third-rounder at most


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins is worth at most a third-round pick, an NFL executive told ESPN.com. The website said any discussions of trading Cousins to Cleveland likely won't intensify until the draft begins.

"The key in this equation is what Cleveland’s new staff thinks about Brian Hoyer and the quarterbacks in this draft," the report said.


No one's called about Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team has not received any inquiries about third-year quarterback Kirk Cousins, who would welcome a trade and a chance to start, reports the Washington Post.

“No. no. nothing,” Gruden said. “We’re excited to have Kirk. You need two great quarterbacks on your team. you never know. The way Robert plays and the style he plays with, you never know what can happen. Injuries are a part of the game. You need two excellent quarterbacks and we’re fortunate to have two of the better quarterbacks.”


Redskins will listen to offers for Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) The Redskins aren't shopping backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, but will listen to offers, reports the Washington Post. The team would be willing to trade Cousins for a second-round draft pick, the report said.

“It’s not a case of looking to trade him,” a source told the paper. “That’s not the situation. But it’s not a case of there being absolutely no interest in a trade under any circumstances, either. It would all depend on what someone might offer.”

Cousins was a fourth-round pick in 2012, and it's unlikely any team would give up a second-rounder for him. Washington would be content to go into 2014 with Cousins again backing up Robert Griffin III.


Kirk Cousins will push his cause 'in a classy way'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins wants a chance to compete for the starting job, or to be traded. But he's vowing not to be a distraction. “I’m gonna communicate my desire to play in a classy way,” Cousins said, per the Washington Post.

“I don’t want to do it in a way that’s gonna hurt our organization or reflect poorly on me or the team. But yeah, I absolutely want to play, and that’s not a complicated fact. But we’ll see what happens. We’ll see what’s in the cards. And if I’m not good enough, I’ve got to accept that, but all I’m looking for is that chance.”


Report: Redskins 'have no plans' to trade Cousins


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) The Redskins don't have plans to trade quarterback Kirk Cousins according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cousins figures to remain as the backup in Washington this season behind Robert Griffin III. 

Report: Redskins want 2nd rounder for Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) The Redskins want a second-round draft pick if they are going to part with backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, reports the Washington Post. It's not clear if the team is having active discussions about Cousins or if Washington ultimately might settle for lesser compensation, the report added.

Report: Kirk Cousins not on the trading block


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) It is believed that Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will not get traded this offseason, the Washington Post reports. Cousins' poor play late in 2013 along with a lack of market for him and a need for a capable backup behind Robert Griffin III make him unlikely to get moved. The Post did suggest that if a team is desperate and overpays for him that the Redskins would be interested. 

Kirk Cousins undergoes eye procedure


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been in the news a lot lately as a potential trade target for another team. Maybe news about improved eyesight will not only help his prospects for a new team but also his on-field performance. 

Cousins underwent a Lasik procedure so he wouldn't play with contacts anymore, ESPN reports. His vision should improve and, more importantly, he won't need to carry backup contacts with him. 

"In this league the difference between Pro Bowl and getting cut is that small," Cousins said. "For me in shotgun, when I go through the cadence my eyes are on the defense but as I'm closer to saying 'hut' my eyes have to stay on the ball. To have my eye on the ball coming at me, I still have to feel a blitz from the left or right to know if you need to throw a hot or if the corner is blitzing off the edge. There's a lot to process and you have to feel the pass rush. The more you can see out of the corner of your eye -- blitzes, pass protection, open receivers -- all of it is effective. When you have strong peripheral vision you can take in a lot of information at once."


Jets should have options at quarterback


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) The Jets are expected to be in the market for a quarterback to compete with Geno Smith this season, and ESPN speculates Michael Vick, Matt Schaub and Kirk Cousins are three potential veteran options.

For Vick, who is a free agent, there is a familiarity with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system when the two were in Philadelphia. Schaub could be cut or traded by the Texans, and he might need a change of scenery after last year's disaster. And Cousins could be someone the Jets target via trade as a young veteran with upside.

Smith is still expected to be the starter this year, but a lot will depend on who is brought in for competition.


Report: Cleveland unlikely to deal for Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2014) Although new Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan "really likes" quarterback Kirk Cousins, Cleveland is unlikely to trade for the Redskins' backup, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Washington general manager Bruce Allen said this week that he expects Cousins to be with the Redskins in 2014.

Redskins GM expects Kirk Cousins to be on team in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) Redskins general manager Bruce Allen refuted an ESPN report that backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has asked for a trade and said he expects Cousins to be with the team this fall, reports the Washington Times. "There's no change from our perspective on Kirk," Allen told the paper. "That's it. We're comfortable with Kirk."

Of course, the situation could change if Washington gets a good offer for Cousins. New coach Jay Gruden has declared Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback.


Report: Redskins might land good draft pick for Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) An NFL executive told ESPN.com that Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins could start for some teams and that Washington might be able to acquire a second- or third-round draft pick for him. Cousins, who has no chance of unseating Robert Griffin III, has said he'd welcome a trade.


Kyle Shanahan 'loves' Kirk Cousins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) New Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan "loves" Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Cousins has indicated he wants a shot to start, so the teams could start talking trade.

It's unclear how much Washington would demand for Cousins, who threw for 747 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions in the final three games last season.


Kirk Cousins 'believes he is ready to start'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins "believes he is ready to start" and is open to an offseason trade, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Washington is expected to field calls about Cousins from quarterback-needy teams, possibly including Cleveland, the report adds.

Cousins appeared in five games this season, throwing for 854 yards and four touchdowns against seven interceptions.


Kirk Cousins falls flat in Week 17


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins had a miserable day in the rain Sunday, completing 19-of-49 passes for 169 yards and no touchdowns in a 20-6 loss to the Giants. Cousins was intercepted twice, lost a fumble, and was sacked three times. 

Cousins never got into a groove, and finished with his worst numbers since being named starter in Week 15. It was an ugly day for offense overall in this game, as the teams combined for 10 punts in the first half alone. 

With an offseason of uncertaintly ahead for Washington, there is no clear role for Cousins in 2014. He finishes 2013 with four passing touchdowns and seven interceptions. 


Kirk Cousins has tough Week 17 matchup


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was a hot Week 16 start, but it was mainly because of a favorable matchup against the Cowboys, following a surprisingly excellent performance in Week 15 against the Falcons. He threw for 197 yards and a touchdown last Sunday, and heads into a Week 17 matchup against the Giants with far less enthusiasm. 

Cousins is still an option for 2QB formats, but the Giants have been fairly solid against quarterbacks this season, allowing them to score 17.9 Fantasy points per league (putting them right around league average). Over the last nine games, however, the Giants have allowed opposing quarterbacks to go over 20 points just twice. And they've held quarterbacks to fewer than 10 points five times in that span, including Week 16, when Matthew Stafford managed just six Fantasy points. 

Cousins is a good quarterback, with some decent offensive weapons, but the Giants have been great against the pass lately. He can be started in 2QB formats, but can be left on the bench in most standard Fantasy formats. 


Kirk Cousins playing for the future


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing for his future, according to the New York Post.

"I would love to catch the eye of a team, of a coach, of a general manager who says, ‘We need to acquire that guy to be a starter,'" said Cousins. He added that his job was to help Washington win now. After Robert Griffin III was shut down for the season, the team has turned to Cousins for the last two games. Over that period, he's thrown four touchdowns to three interceptions. Cousins will take on the Giants Week 17. He may draw some interest on the trade market during the offseason if he performs well. RG3 is expected to be the long-term starter in Washington moving forward.


Kirk Cousins held to one touchdown


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins tossed one touchdown Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Cousins finished the game 21 for 36, with 197 yards and a score. Cousins also tossed an interception. Cousins had a tough time against the worst pass defense in the NFL. He was also locked on to Pierre Garcon, who finished the game with a whopping 18 targets. Cousins will take on the Giants Week 17.