Current backup QB content with his role within the team, and is not looking toward the future.
After the knee injury that has critics guessing on whether Robert Griffin III will be fit for the start of the season, it will be up to incumbent starter Kirk Cousins to lead the team until Griffin returns to full fitness.
Cousins was drafted in the fourth round last season, with the Redskins immediately naming him the backup QB, with a long term vision of turning him into a valuable trade pick in future year.
Since then, Cousins has done a superb role of coming in as a relief QB when RGIII has gone down injured, showing signs that he is capable of running the offence in the absence of the team’s franchise Quarterback.
The performances have led to some media reports that the 24-year old will be looking for a trade in next year’s off-season, however the player himself recently told ESPN via NFL.com, that he is only looking at the long-term future right now.
“Patience is the name of the game,” Cousins said.
“It’s a part of life. Things don’t happen as fast as we want them to. I was a backup at Michigan State for two years. That’s part of the deal: You wait your turn.
“Right now, I view my NFL career as a marathon, not a sprint. While I may have to sit for a few years … I believe long-term that may be the best blessing I could possibly have had.”
While it is clear that so long as Mike Shanahan believes Griffin is fit to play, he will, Cousins is held in high regard within the organisation.
The time will come when he will eventually ask to leave via a trade, or even through free agency, when there is no doubt that he will be a very capable starter for whichever franchise picks him up