Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins
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2014 Outlook:Last updated on Sep-19-2014 by Larry Gold
Kirk Cousins found himself behind center for the last three games of the 2013 season after RG3 was shut down in order to protect him from unnecessary injury. Cousins' performance was a mixed bag, including one terrific 381-yard, three-TD performance in a losing effort to the Falcons (who were terrible on defense at this point). His other two outings were poor, although given all the turmoil in Washington and obvious small sample size, not much can be read into it. Cousins has shown flashes that he could compete for a starting QB role down the road. For now, his only value is as an immediate waiver wire pick up should RG3 get injured or the tremendously patient dynasty owner who wants to wait until his rookie contact ends.
Update: Kirk Cousins filled in admirably in RG3's absence and carried the Redskins to victory in Week 2. Cousins inherits the starting role and could find success as a high end QB2 with an abundance of weapons around him.
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday that Robert Griffin III is nearing a return to action. "I think Robert is very, very, very close and we just have to decide if he's ready," Gruden said. "Physically I think he'll be ready to go. Doctors are feeling pretty good about it, they still want to feel around this week until we make the final determination. I just want to make sure he feels good in the pocket."
Griffin dislocated his ankle in the team's Week 2 game versus Jacksonville. There was some level of confidence in backup Kirk Cousins. That, however, has subsided. In relief, Cousins threw almost as many interceptions (nine) as touchdowns (10). Washington lost each of the four games he played in full. Cousins was benched in favor of Colt McCoy at halftime of the team's Week 7 game. McCoy got the start in Week 8 and played admirably. In spite of that, it appears the team will gladly turn back to Griffin as soon as he's physically ready to go.
This is good news for everyone in Washington as RGIII is easily the most talented QB on the Redskins' roster. His health has been an issue and was the source of many fantasy stories and headaches last season. If Griffin returns for Week 9, he'll have his work cut out for him. The 'Skins Week 9 opponent, Minnesota, gives up the second-fewest fantasy points in the league to quarterbacks.
The biggest beneficiaries from this news are WRs Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, along with TE Jordan Reed. Griffin being under center bumps up their value significantly. While we wouldn't recommend starting Griffin this week, his skill players should be used as they normally would, with a little added confidence.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/29 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) nearing return
10/25 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III questionable for Monday night
10/19 - QB Colt McCoy replaces Kirk Cousins for Redskins, leads team to comeback win
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