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RG3: 'We will have definite mismatches'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said he can't wait to start working with an offensive cast that includes running back Alfred Morris, receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts, and tight end Jordan Reed.

"I'm eager to see how we mesh together," Griffin told ESPN.com. "That's exciting for a quarterback. We can work matchups. We will have definite mismatches and then it will be good to distribute the ball around."

Griffin is excited about the variety of routes his receivers can run.

"All those guys can run," Griffin said. "None of them are limited to routes. It's not a limited route tree, which is exciting for a quarterback and exciting for an offensive coordinator calling plays. Now you know I can put these guys in any position and they can all run the routes."


Jay Gruden: I won't turn Robert Griffin III 'into a robot'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden said in a radio interview that he won't turn quarterback Robert Griffin III into a pocket-passing robot.

"Robert's the quarterback and ultimately Robert will play the position the way Robert plays it," Gruden told Andy Pollin. "You know, I'm not gonna turn him into a robot and say, ‘Stay in [the pocket] no matter what.' Part of his effectiveness as a quarterback is his ability to run. But will we have designed runs for him? Maybe not as many as they had last year, but there's a possibility of having those."

Gruden said the most important thing is for Griffin to make good decisions.

"Obviously when we call drop-back passes, we want him to be a drop-back passer, but if things break down like sometimes they do – sometimes guys are covered, they're not open – he needs to be Robert and make good decisions," Gruden said. "And sometimes throwing it away is a good decision, sometimes running for two yards is a good decision and getting down. So he's got to play the position the way he plays it."


Robert Griffin III embracing Jay Gruden's approach


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III declined to compare new coach Jay Gruden with former coach Mike Shanahan, but RG3 made it clear he's enjoying working with Gruden.

"I just know that Jay sees things from a quarterback’s perspective, having been a quarterback, and being a younger coach," Griffin told the Washington Post. "He knows quarterbacks need weapons, so we’ve added weapons. He knows quarterbacks need protection, so we’ve added protection. Really, in this league and this game, it’s about making the quarterback comfortable, and that’s what he’s in the process of doing, and at the end of the day, it’s on me to make everything work, and that’s what I’m going to do.

"Coach is giving me all the proper tools, and he’s putting the tools in the shed," Griffin added. "I’m ready to go to work. I’ve got my hard hat on, and I think everybody else [does] too."

Griffin told the paper his top offseason priorities are to re-establish sound fundamentals and regain confidence after a year he described as “a whole journey of second-guessing and wondering."


Jay Gruden: RG3 'works out more than anybody'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) With Robert Griffin III unveiling his new personal logo, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's not concerned about the quarterback getting distracted by off-field pursuits.

"He works out more than anybody I’ve ever seen," Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If I ever felt like that was an issue, or if he was spending more time trying to create logos than he was working out and getting himself ready to play, then there’d be an issue. But there’s no issue in my mind.

"I think nowadays, these quarterbacks and these players in general, they have people do a lot of work for them," Gruden continued. "They have these mangers, these agents, and these commercial people working for them, and they’re doing all the work. I don’t think Robert’s doing any. He’s just signing off on it. Adidas is doing all the logo things for him. So if it’s extra money for him, have at it. As far as dedication and his desire to win and his work ethic, that is not to be questioned. He’s unlike anybody I’ve ever seen as far as that’s concerned."


RG3 pumped about team's firepower


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) With receiver DeSean Jackson joining the team, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has the best collection of weapons he's had since entering the league.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Redskins fan and a part of this team because of the firepower that we have,” Griffin told the Washington Post. “Everyone needs to understand that we haven’t won anything yet, and these next few months will be about building those bonds and chemistry so that we can.”


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 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.

Robert Griffin III has chance to improve


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/12/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has the chance to make strides in his third year now that he's not rehabbing his knee this offseason, reports ESPN.

Griffin already has started to throw with his receivers this offseason. And he plans to work with his teammates again in Arizona in March. Griffin also will work out again with Terry Shea, the former NFL quarterbacks coach who trained him before the NFL draft. There's a desire to improve his footwork and to speed up his release

"Everybody will see a big jump in his game and he'll look more like he did in Year 1 than in Year 2," said former Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur. 


Robert Griffin III to work on footwork, quicker release


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) With the Redskins' Robert Griffin III entering the offseason healthy, he'll once again train with quarterback guru Terry Shea, reports ESPN.com. "There's a desire to improve his footwork and to speed up his release, to work on areas that will help him in an NFL pocket," the report said.

Griffin worked with Shea before his rookie season but wasn't able to last year while he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery. The report added Griffin most likely won't wear the knee brace that limited his mobility in 2013.


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.


Jay Gruden to emphasize Robert Griffin III's running ability


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden plans to take advantage of quarterback Robert Griffin III's running ability. “I worked with Andy Dalton for three years in Cincinnati, and built a foundation of concepts and protections that I think worked well with him,” Gruden told SI.com.

“With Robert, we’ll obviously use his skill set differently," he continued. "When it comes to the quarterback position, my job is to make him comfortable and productive. I’m not going to try to turn RG3 into Andy Dalton or Drew Brees. He isn’t them. They’re not him. I would be foolish to try to turn RG3 into a pocket passer. It would be foolish.

"The way he is as a runner, we have to take advantage of that. He strikes fear into defensive coordinators when he runs outside. I’m going to let him be himself.”


Robert Griffin III excited about Jay Gruden's system


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spoke with new coach Jay Gruden and came away "with a sense of encouragment and additional motivation," reports the Washington Post.

“Excited, man. Can’t wait to get to work,” Griffin told the paper. “Key takeaways: excited to get this thing going, get better together, have fun, win.”

Griffin said he plans to immerse himself in Gruden's system. The system "is expected to have a fair amount of familiarity to the Redskins’ previous offense because Gruden comes from the same West Coast offense coaching tree as did [fired coach Mike] Shanahan," the report said.


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 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.


Kirk Cousins primed for big game?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins could have a big game Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Dallas has been the worst team against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to average 25.43 Fantasy points per game. Through 14 games, the team has allowed 30 passing touchdowns. That figure is second worst in the league. The first time the two teams met this season, Dallas actually held Washington without a passing touchdown, but that was with Robert Griffin III at quarterback. 

Cousins has shown promise in his two career starts. He's thrown for over 300 yards in both games, and has tossed at least two touchdowns. Given how bad Dallas has been against quarterbacks this season, he's likely to reach those numbers in his third career start. At the same time, Cousins is clearly inexperienced, making him a huge risk. He's the perfect high-risk, high-reward bet for Week 16.


Kirk Cousins makes great first impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Making his first start in place of Robert Griffin III, who has been shut down to preserve his health during a lost season, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins showed he might be a backup in name only Week 15 at Atlanta. Granted, he was facing a Falcons defense that has struggled in every facet, but he had the best passing performance of any Redskins quarterback this season, completing 29 of 45 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns.

He showed off his arm on the first two, hitting tight end Fred Davis on a 23-yard screamer in the first quarter and leading wide receiver Pierre Garcon past the secondary on a 53-yard catch-and-run in the second. The third came with the game on the line late in the fourth quarter, when he connected with wide receiver Santana Moss on what would have been the game-tying score if the Redskins hadn't made a failed attempt at a two-point conversion.

Cousins did show his inexperience when the Falcons blitzed, though, making several off-balance, ill-advised throws -- two of which resulted in interceptions. He also lost a fumble on the Falcons' only sack.

The second-year quarterback will try to keep it going Week 16 against the Cowboys.


Kirk Cousins risky despite matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) Frustrated by their lack of scoring over the last four weeks, during which they have averaged 12.3 points, Redskins are preparing to give quarterback Kirk Cousins his first start of the season and just the second of his career Week 15 at Atlanta.

They've picked a good time to ease him in. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, surrendering 245.8 yards per game. They've also allowed the highest quarterback rating and the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Then again, they stepped up against an inexperienced quarterback last week, sacking the Packers' Matt Flynn five times. Flynn still threw for 258 yards and a touchdown, but the point is the Falcons won't just roll over for Cousins.

The Redskins as a whole are in disarray right now, with unrest at head coach as well as quarterback, so the environment isn't right for Cousins to succeed. Why take a chance on him at this crucial stage of the season?


Mike Shanahan cites health in benching Robert Griffin III


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he's shutting down quarterback Robert Griffin III for the final three games so he can enter the offseason healthy. Shanahan said he can't risk Griffin missing two straight offseason programs.

"We felt the best thing to do for Robert was to not play him, give Kirk [Cousins] the opportunity to play, so he can go into the offseason healthy," Shanahan said. "I was afraid we would set him back. ... It's not worth it right now."