Backup QB continues to prepare himself to start game one of the regular season.
Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins has stepped up his preparation in becoming the team’s short-term starter, as franchise QB Robert Griffin III continues to recover from his ACL tear.
The third round pick from last year has shown flashes of starting material in games that Griffin has been injured, and feels the pressure of becoming the team’s starter has added some urgency into his life.
“Where it changes is that sense of urgency. You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go.” Cousins told the Washington Post.
“We don’t know what it’s going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don’t know. That’s not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I’m going to do all I can between now and then to do that.”
Cousins has developed himself into one of the most reliable backups in the NFL, and has certainly earned the talk of becoming a big trade target next season from a QB-needy team.
The former Michigan State standout will be given all first team reps during the off-season, as he will aim to build a relationship with the starting offence before game one of the pre-season in August.
A strong arm and a sound pocket presence means head coach Mike Shanahan will not be too worried about letting the 24-take the reigns of the offence for the early part of 2013.
While Cousins is a solid young Quarterback, he does not display the playmaking abilities and wow factor that RG3 brings to the offence, and while Cousins should impress, Redskin fans will be hoping that he isn’t the starting Quarterback for too long.