|Date of Birth:||08/19/1988|
|Drafted:||2012 | Round 4 | Pick 102|
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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says he thinks Kirk Cousins is going to play really well in 2019.
At the coaches breakfast during the NFL Owners Meetings, Zimmer said he had a conversation with Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan, who coached Cousins as the offensive coordinator for the Redskins and really wanted to sign him until San Francisco acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from New England, and he came away thinking Cousins will make a jump with Gary Kubiak's tutelage in Year 2 with the Vikings. Kubiak's concepts are very similar to Shanahan's, and Zimmer says "this offense with Kubiak and [offensive coordinator Kevin] Stefanski is going to be right down his alley. So I think this is going to be a really good fit for Kirk." The Vikings head coach also said "it's games" where his quarterback has to play better, implying that Cousins was either thinking too much or putting too much pressure on himself in 2018. A more comfortable Cousins would be an obvious candidate to potentially become an elite fantasy quarterback this season given all his weapons to work with—improvement on the offense line would certainly help, though.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings eliminated from playoff contention with 24-10 loss to the Bears.
Cousins was 20/33 for 132 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding a seven-yard rush. Minnesota was simply dominated with their season on the line, and Cousins has now dropped to 4-25 against teams with a winning record. Frustrations even boiled over as Cousins and Adam Thielen got demonstrative on the sideline, and the receivers have seemed to be visibly upset all month. It's unfair to point to money or pin all the blame on Cousins—the offensive line and play-calling have also been issues—but it's fair to wonder if the team would have been better off sticking with one of the three quarterbacks on last year's roster. Statistically, Cousins completed 70.1% of his passes for 4,298 yards and a career-best 30:10 touchdown-interception ratio this season. He will be a bounce back candidate next year if the Vikings can fix their protection issues.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings put away the Lions, 27-9, after slow start.
Cousins was 21/28 for 253 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, also adding a one-yard rush. Minnesota was down 9-0 by allowing three field goals out of the gate, but Cousins found Stefon Diggs for an eight-yard score in the second quarter, and he hit Kyle Rudolph on a Hail Mary to end the half. The final touchdown came again to Rudolph from four yards away. Now, the Vikings face a win-and-in game against the Bears, but Chicago will also be playing for a potential first-round bye. Even with the came coming at home, fantasy owners should look elsewhere if possible.
Kirk Cousins throws two touchdown against the Dolphins.
Cousins was 14/21 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with five carries for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 15 victory. The first game under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski went very well, with a strong commitment to the running game while taking pressure off Cousins, who attempting his lowest pass total in a game this season. Cousins threw a pick-six, but he played relatively well; the first score was to a wide-open Stefon Diggs for eight yards, and the second score was a dime to Aldrick Robinson on a 40-yard deep ball. Expect a low-volume passing attack moving forward, so Cousins is a shakier QB1 option entering fantasy finals. He next faces a Lions team he couldn't get much going against earlier this season.
Seahawks shut down the Vikings in Monday night win.
Kirk Cousins was 20/33 for 208 yards and one touchdown along with three carries for five yards and a fumble lost in the Week 14 loss as Minnesota drops to 6-6-1 on the season. While the numbers aren't bad, this was not a good game from Cousins and the Vikings offense. Cousins was not very accurate, missing at least a couple of would-be touchdowns if he would've put throws on target. His touchdown was at the end of the game on a short pass to Dalvin Cook to avoid a shutout make it a 21-7 game. Seattle is a tough place to play, and Cousins will look to bounce back next week against the Dolphins at home. He'll remain in the QB1 mix for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.
Kirk Cousins throws two interceptions against the Patriots.
Cousins was 32/44 for 201 yards, one touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Vikings' Week 13 loss. One interception came at the end of the game as he tried to make something happen down two touchdowns, and it was a tough spot playing in Foxboro in December. The score was to Adam Thielen on a corner route in the second quarter, but overall the Patriots basically shut down the dynamic Minnesota wide receivers. Cousins will look to bounce back next week against a Seattle team he's had success against while with the Redskins. He's in the QB1 mix for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Kirk Cousins throws three touchdowns in win over the Packers.
Cousins was 29/38 for 342 yards and three touchdowns along with six carries for 17 yards in the Sunday night win. The first touchdown was to Dalvin Cook on a swing screen pass. The second was to Stefon Diggs on a wide-open wheel route. And the third was to Adam Thielen on a scramble to the right. Cousins now has 1,142 yards, ten touchdowns, and one interception in three career games against the Packers, so it’s a team he just plays really well against for whatever reason—which is just the case in sports sometimes. His success against the division rival bodes well for the Vikings moving forward. Next week, Cousins faces the Patriots, a team he faces back in 2015 with the Redskins and threw one touchdown and one interception against in a loss. Cousins has a ton of weapons to work with in Minnesota, so he’s a QB1 option for Week 13.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings fall to 5-4-1 with 25-20 loss in Chicago.
Cousins was 30/46 for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, also adding a five-yard rush. Minnesota came alive in the fourth quarter, but the damage was too little, too late after Cousins connected with Aldrick Robinson and Stefon Diggs for scores. Overall, it was a dominant defensive performance by the Bears, and the Vikings will now host the Packers in a NFC North battle on Sunday night as both teams look to keep pace with Chicago, who has a chance to be 8-3 with a game against the Lions on Thanksgiving. Cousins needs to play better, but he probably remains a low-end QB1 for Week 12.
Kirk Cousins throws one touchdown in Vikings' win.
Cousins was 18/22 for 164 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against the Lions. He was also credited with a fumble lost on a pitch to Dalvin Cook, but a stat correction might change that to a fumble for Cook. The interception was a ball forced into coverage to Adam Thielen, and the touchdown was a red-zone throw to Thielen. It was a disappointing performance for fantasy owners, but overall Cousins played well. He now gets the bye week before facing the Bears in Week 11
Kirk Cousins throws two touchdowns in Vikings' loss to the Saints.
Cousins was 31/41 for 359 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the 30-20 home loss. Overall, Cousins played well and spread the ball around to his weapons—mainly Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, as usual—but the interception was a costly pick-six on play where he forced a ball to Diggs (who stopped his route in a miscommunication) under pressure and probably should've just thrown the ball into the turf instead. Through eight games, Minnesota's franchise quarterback is on pace for 5,042 yards, 32 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, and he has a legit chance to hit or exceed those marks despite the possibility of the Vikings running the ball more as the weather gets colder (though they play their home games in a dome). Next week, Cousins faces the Lions and will remain a solid QB1 option in fantasy lineups.
Kirk Cousins throws two touchdowns in Vikings' win.
Cousins was 25/40 for 241 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets, a team that reportedly wanted to sign him during free agency. The first score was yet another connection with Adam Thielen on a 34-yard deep ball, and the second score was another 34-yard deep ball—this time in the fourth quarter on a fourth-down attempt—to Aldrick Robinson. Cousins will be a solid QB option in a potential shootout with Drew Brees and the Saints in Week 8.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings improve to 3-2-1 with 27-17 win over the Cardinals.
Cousins was 24/34 for 233 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, adding four carries for 14 yards and a score on the ground. He also lost a fumble that Arizona returned for a touchdown. Minnesota's quarterback connected with Adam Thielen for a score and the receiver's sixth 100-yard game of the season, but Cousins has now failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in three of the past four games. Still, he remains a QB1 option for a Week 7 matchup against the Jets in New York.
Kirk Cousins helps lead Vikings to Week 5 win in Philadelphia.
Cousins again made accurate throws throughout the game, mostly connecting with star receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, who again made some spectacular catches. Cousins was 30/37 for 301 yards, one touchdown, and one fumble lost. It was a great sign that Cousins played so well in one of the NFL's toughest environments, and Cousins and his elite weapons should keep it rolling when he faces the Cardinals in Week 6.
Kirk Cousins throws for 400+ yards and three touchdowns but the Vikings fall to 1-2-1.
On the first drive of the game, Cousins led Minnesota down the field on a balanced offensive drive capped by a touchdown to new receiver Aldrick Robinson over Marcus Peters. From then on, it was an absolute shootout led by the arms of Cousins and the Rams' Jared Goff. Cousins was 36/50 for 422 yards and three touchdowns along with four carries for 28 yards, but he lost a fumble on a strip sack with the Vikings down by seven with under two minutes remaining in the game after he didn't step up in the pocket. Overall, Cousins was very accurate throughout the night, connecting with nine different receivers while trying to keep up with the Rams. Next week at Philadelphia is an extremely difficult matchup, but Cousins has enough weapons that it keeps him in the QB1 mix for Week 5—though there is single-digit-point downside to putting him in fantasy lineups for the matchup.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings shocked at home in 27-6 loss to Buffalo.
Cousins was 40/55 for 296 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and three fumbles (two lost) as Minnesota was dominated as three-score home favorites. Outside of an explosive fourth quarter in last week's tie against the Packers, it hasn't been a promising start for the Vikings offense, and even with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib banged up, things won't get any easier against the Rams on Thursday night, as Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh could wreck the game against Minnesota's sub-par offensive line. Cousins should be considered a borderline QB1 option thanks to his weapons, but there is definite downside in Week 4.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings rally late in 29-29 tie with the Packers.
Cousins went 35/48 for 425 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, also rushing twice for five yards. Following a 14-yard score to Laquon Treadwell in the first quarter, the offense was quiet until the fourth quarter when Cousins rallied down 20-7 with two touchdowns to Stefon Diggs (including a 75-yarder) and a third to Adam Thielen from 22 yards away on a dime that somehow dropped in between two defenders and was held onto. Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson missed two potential game-winning field goals in overtime, though, and the game ended with a miss from 35 yards out. Cousins will look to stay hot in another good matchup with the Bills.
Kirk Cousins throws two touchdowns in Vikings debut.
Cousins played well in his first start for Minnesota, taking what the defense gave him while avoiding turnovers while his defense played great against the Niners. Cousins was 20/36 for 244 yards and two touchdowns while also adding four carries for 26 yards on the ground. The first touchdown was an end-zone dime to Stefon Diggs down the left sideline for 22 yards, and the second was to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone for 11 yards. Cousins faces the Packers in Week 2.
Kirk Cousins has officially signed with the Vikings.
It was reported Tuesday that Cousins planned to sign with Minnesota, but nothing could become official until the start of the new league year. After arriving at Minnesota yesterday and getting to know the organization he'll be playing for, Cousins signed a three-year, $84 million fully guaranteed contract that is the largest in NFL history on a per-year basis. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said they’ll all probably be fired if they make the wrong decision on a quarterback, so they are going with the man that hasn’t missed a start for the Redskins since he became the team’s starter in 2015. Cousins was the fifth highest-scoring fantasy quarterback in 2016, and he was sixth last year despite a shaky supporting cast. He will be among the safest QB1 options in 2018 fantasy drafts, and he’ll offer very good upside in a stacked offense that includes Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Dalvin Cook, and Latavius Murray.
Kirk Cousins plans to sign with the Vikings on Thursday, according to ESPN.
All day today, reports emerged of Cousins visiting Minnesota first, with NFL Network reporting the Vikings did not plan to allow him to leave the building without signing a deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Cousins would have dinner with Vikings brass before visiting the team facility on Thursday, and it looks like he'll be signing the dotted line to make it official at that time. Multiple reports say it'll be a fully guaranteed three-year deal worth $84 million, so the contract will expire when he's 32 years old, which will potentially mean another, bigger payday in a few years. Nothing can become official until tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, so there's still time for his mind to change, but expect Kirk Cousins to become a Viking.
NFL Network: The Vikings are going to go after quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Both Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network have reported that Minnesota will go after who is considered by many to be the top free agent available come March. And if you're Cousins, there probably isn't a better situation out there than with the Vikings, who might have the best defense in the NFL and also have a strong running game and two very good receivers on the outside including All-Pro Adam Thielen. Also, the Vikings play in a dome, which could be appealing to Cousins. This could be the match when free agency comes, and we'll find out what happens in a few weeks.
The Redskins might still use the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins, according to ESPN.
Obviously, this would be not be ideal for Cousins in terms of picking where he wants to play next, but for the Redskins it would be a business decision that could enable them to perhaps get a premium draft pick in return for the quarterback. However, as the ESPN report notes, the Redskins would not be able to trade Cousins until he actually signs the franchise tag, which he could decline doing and just not play for a team. The Redskins will likely attempt to get a deal in place with another team before they actually place the tag on Cousins with the intention of trading him.
Some Broncos players say they want Kirk Cousins.
Both Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and running back C.J. Anderson say they want to sign the soon-to-be-former Redskins quarterback when he hits free agency. Miller said Cousins could take the team "over the edge," and Anderson said they "need to make it happen." Players from other teams typically hang around during Super Bowl week, so we'll see if we hear anything from players on other teams. However, John Elway will be the one making decisions for the Broncos, and the team's interest will come down to how much he likes Cousins as a quarterback compared to some of the other quarterbacks potentially available this offseason, both in the draft and free agency.
Kirk Cousins will hit free agency.
The Redskins just traded for Alex Smith, so obviously Redskins won't be back with the team in 2018. The Browns, Broncos, Cardinals, Jets, and potentially Jaguars are among the teams most likely to be interested in Cousins, though there could certainly be some mystery teams in the mix. When Cousins hits free agency, it's possible he surpasses Matthew Stafford's record-breaking $135-million deal, but Cousins has stated winning is more important than money.
Kirk Cousins says money isn't the only thing he's worried about.
Cousins was on PFT Live and said while money is certainly part of the equation, he's more worried about winning and is "going to be willing to make sacrifices or do what has to be done to make sure I'm in the best possible position to win." Cousins also said he isn't sure what the Redskins will do, but would sign the franchise tag immediately if they place it on him for a third straight year. No one really knows what the Redskins will do at this point, but Cousins would likely be treated as the league's top free agent if he hits the open market.
Report: Kirk Cousins is "more likely than not" to play for the Broncos next season.
This is according to Eric Galko of Sporting News, as he was at Senior Bowl practices and "asked a lot of people" this week. Of course, we don't think Galko spoke directly to Broncos general manager John Elway, so this could just be a lot of speculation by people from other teams. Galko also notes the Cardinals are in the mix, which makes sense after Carson Palmer retired. Ultimately, it looks like Cousins might hit free agency this offseason, and the Redskins would likely have a difficult time keeping him if he does.
Kirk Cousins tosses three interceptions in season-ending loss to the Giants.
Cousins was 20/37 for 158 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also rushed once for a 12-yard score. If this is the end of his time in Washington, it couldn't have gone much worse, as the Redskins were upset by a previously 2-13 Giants team. Cousins finishes the season with a 4,093 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and a career-high 13 interceptions in his third year as the starter. However, this was easily his worst supporting cast to date. Cousins' fantasy value in 2018 will largely depend on where he ends up.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins blow out the Broncos in home win.
Cousins was 19/37 for 299 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed five times for eight yards. Washington hasn't had the season they've wanted this year, but they are just a win against the 2-13 Giants away from an 8-8 finish, and it would be crazy for them to move on from head coach Jay Gruden after the season. Whether or not Cousins returns is a different question, but as for next Sunday, he will be a solid QB1 to finish things off.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins hold of the Cardinals in Week 15 win.
Cousins was 18/26 for 196 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Despite inconsistent play and injuries for his supporting cast, Cousins is just five scores away from matching a career-high 29 touchdown passes, and he gets a couple good matchups over the final two weeks of the season. First will be a home meeting with the Broncos on Christmas Eve, but Cousins will probably be off the QB1 map for the first week of the fantasy championship.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins eliminated from playoff contention with 30-13 loss to the Chargers.
Cousins was 15/27 for 151 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed twice for eight yards. Washington is now 5-8 heading into a matchup with the Cardinals, but they will at least return home for that one. Still, Cousins is difficult to trust with so much at stake for fantasy owners, as he just hasn't had consistency around him all season. Consider him a QB2.
Redskins fall to 5-7 with Thursday night loss to the Cowboys.
The Cowboys dominated much of this one, as they got a lot of pressure on Kirk Cousins and shut down Washington's running game throughout the night. Kirk Cousins was 26/37 for 251 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and a lost fumble in the loss. The touchdowns were to Ryan Grant for 24 yards on a back-shoulder throw into zone coverage and to Josh Doctson on a fade to the end zone. Neither of the interceptions were really on Cousins, as one went off Jamison Crowder's hands in the red zone, and the other came at the end of the game while he was hit as he was throwing. The pass rush of the Chargers could present problems in Week 14, but Cousins will remain a QB1 option.
Kirk Cousins plays well in Redskins' Thanksgiving win over the Giants.
Cousins was 19/31 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while also adding a seven-yard rush on his only carry of the game. The first touchdown was in the third quarter on a great throw on the run to an open Jamison Crowder in the end zone; and the second touchdown was off a play-action fake before throwing a 14-yard strike to Josh Doctson on an out route in the end zone. The interception came on an inaccurate throw where Cousins appeared to get his front foot caught, as the pass went off Byron Marshall and deflected to Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins for a pick-six. Next Thursday night, Cousins faces the Cowboys—who were just gashed by Philip Rivers. He'll remain a QB1.
Kirk Cousins plays great but the Redskins fall to 4-6.
Cousins lit up a defense that's been playing great recently to help put his team ahead for most of the game, but the Saints came back from a 15-point deficit with under six minutes to go and won in overtime. In the loss, Cousins was 22/32 for 322 yards and three touchdowns while also adding 11 rushing yards on three attempts. Despite Washington's record, Cousins has been playing great lately—though all three touchdowns yesterday were to wide-open receivers created by great play design and play calling. Still, Cousins will be a QB1 option against the Giants next week.
Kirk Cousins scores three times against the Vikings.
Washington gave up 38 points to Case Keenum and Minnesota, but Cousins kept the Redskins in it for basically the entire game. He was 26/45 for 327 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and added two rushing touchdowns—one on a zone-read and one on a quarterback sneak. The interception was a bit of a killer, as it came in their own territory on an overshot short throw with under two minutes to go into the second half. The touchdown was on a nice deep ball to 2016 undrafted receiver Maurice Harris for 36 yards, as Harris made a spectacular diving one-handed catch. Overall, the two rushing scores made it a very good fantasy day for Cousins, and he'll be a QB1 option next week against the Saints.
Kirk Cousins plays tough as Redskins beat the Seahawks in Seattle.
Cousins didn't throw any touchdowns in the victory, but Cousins hung in there and helped lead the team to a big win. He was 21/31 for 247 yards while taking six sacks in the game, including both a fumble and a safety. Cousins was great in the face of pressure, delivering some strikes while taking some huge hits from the Seahawks. The game-winning score was set up by a great deep throw and a great diving 38-yard catch by Josh Doctson, who was down at the one-yard line. Things will remain tough against Minnesota's stingy defense in Week 10. Through eight games, Cousins is on pace for 4,294 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 67.9% of his passes. Keep in mind, this is with a revamped supporting cast while tight end Jordan Reed has been banged up all season.
Kirk Cousins, Redskins fall to 3-4 with loss to Dallas.
Cousins was 26/39 for 263 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also lost a fumble, and the interception was returned for a touchdown by Byron Jones. The elements didn't help, as there was constant rain throughout, but the lack of production on the outside is doomed Washington's offense so far this season. Against Dallas, Josh Doctson had one yard and Terrelle Pryor didn't catch a pass. The good news is Jamison Crowder came alive and Chris Thompson continues to make plays, but the team won't turn things around if they don't get consistent production on the perimeter. Cousins should stay out of lineups against Seattle next week.
Kirk Cousins throws three touchdowns in Redskins' loss to the Eagles.
Cousins was 30/40 for 303 yards, three touchdowns, and and interception, and the loss dropped him to 0-6 for his carer on Monday Night Football. He also added three carries for 18 yards. The Eagles defense put a lot of pressure on Cousins and sacked him four times, but he played fine. The first touchdown was in the second quarter on a pass to Chris Thompson in the flat, and the next two were late in the game to Jordan Reed with the Redskins down. The interception wasn't really his fault, as he was hit as he threw and it went right to Eagles defensive back Corey Graham. Overall, Cousins continues to get a lot of pass attempts per game, and he'll remain a QB1 option in Week 8 against Dallas.
Kirk Cousins scores three times against the 49ers.
It was an interesting game against his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and San Francisco, as many are speculating the two sides could be a match if Cousins hits the open market this offseason. Cousins was 25/37 for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while adding four carries for 26 yards and one touchdown on the ground. The first touchdown was on an 11-yard slant to Josh Doctson, and the second score was on a swing pass to Samaje Perine out of the backfield. The rushing score came on a zone read but the goal line, something Cousins has become very good at. And the interception came on an overthrown deep ball that was intercepted by 49ers corner Rashard Robinson. Cousins faces the Eagles in Week 7 on Monday night and will be int he QB1 conversation.
Kirk Cousins plays well in loss to the Chiefs.
The Redskins signal-caller was 14/24 for 215 yards and two touchdowns, and he also led the Redskins in rushing, gaining 38 yards on seven carries. The first touchdown was on a 44-yard deep ball to Terrelle Pryor on the first drive of the game, and the second was on a 3-yard touchdown to Ryan Grant. Cousins led the Redskins to a game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter, using his legs on the drive to make a few plays—and he could've had a go-ahead touchdown throw on a shot to the end zone to Josh Doctson, but Doctson couldn't hold on when he went to the ground. Cousins is on pace for 4,016 yards, 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions this season.
Kirk Cousins lights up the Raiders on Sunday Night Football.
In a home game against the Raiders, the Redskins absolutely dominated the entire game—including with their air attack. Cousins was 25/30 for 365 yards and three touchdowns, throwing pin point passes to all areas of the field. The Redskins quarterback has had some excellent primetime games in the past, and it continued against Oakland. It's good to see the offense continue clicking like it did after struggling through the preseason and start of the year, but the Redskins have a difficult matchup next Monday night against the Chiefs.
Kirk Cousins was 18/27 for 179 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Rams.
The Redskins relied heavily on the running game, as they ran it 39 times against Los Angeles, but Cousins threw the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter to break a 20-20 tie. Overall, though, it was another concerning performance for the Washington passing attack, as Terrelle Pryor doesn't have Cousins' trust and Jordan Reed left with a chest injury. He has a nice matchup on Sunday Night Football with the Raiders next week, but it's hard to trust Cousins in your lineup right now.
Redskins fall to the Eagles in Week 1 of the season.
Kirk Cousins and the offense couldn't get much going versus the Eagles, scoring 17 points with seven of them coming from the defense on a pick-six. Cousins was 23/40 for 240 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while adding four carries for 30 yards and two lost fumbles. The interception was a critical one deep in Eagles territory, but Cousins and the Redskins have beef on his second fumble (returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter); it was very clearly a pass that was immediately deflected when he threw it, but the officials decided it was a fumble. Cousins and the Redskins face former offensive coordinator Sean McVay and the Rams in Week 2.
Redskins offense gets off to slow start in third preseason game.
The Redskins just seemed off offensively to start the game, but they did get it going in the second quarter when they scored ten points. Kirk Cousins was 10/19 for 109 yards and threw a 62-yard pick-six to Vontaze Burfict. His receivers did have a few drops, which is a slight concern in this revamped receiving corps. Cousins also kept the ball once on a zone read and ran for eight yards to pick up a first down on third-and-short. The Redskins quarterback is being drafted as a low-end QB1 in fantasy drafts.
Redskins offense struggles in preseason loss to Green Bay.
Kirk Cousins was 14/23 for 144 yards and one touchdown as he played the entire first half of the exhibition. It was a concerning outing for Washington's offense in general against a weak Packers secondary, but they ended on a high note with a touchdown to Jamison Crowder. Cousins has not shown great chemistry with free-agent signing Terrelle Pryor so far, and they will try to straighten things out in the regular season dress rehearsal against the Bengals.
Kirk Cousins throws two passes in preseason opener.
Cousins was 1/2 for five yards, with the incompletion being a drop by Terrelle Pryor. The Redskins didn't have Jordan Reed or Jamison Crowder playing, so it was a predictable short outing for their starting quarterback. Cousins should play a little bit more in the second preseason game against the Packers.
Kirk Cousins will officially play out season on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year.
This was expected. The Redskins and their quarterback could not come to an agreement, and both sides are content to play out the season on another one-year deal with the tag. Things become interesting after the season, as the Redskins will have to commit $34 million if they franchise tag Cousins for a third straight year. If Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent, he could have his eyes on San Francisco to connect with former offensive coordinator and now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, but there will definitely be other teams interested (potentially the Cardinals if Carson Palmer retires). The focus for both Cousins and the Redskins is this season, though. He’ll have to adapt to a revamped receiving group with the loss of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon and the addition of Terrelle Pryor (and a fully healthy Josh Doctson), but Cousins should be a solid QB1 again in 2017.
Adam Schefter reports Kirk Cousins is "open" to signing a long-term deal with the Redskins after the season.
Cousins reportedly will not be getting a long-term deal before tomorrow's 4:00 PM ET deadline, so he has to play out the season on the franchise tag. His situation is already one of the most intriguing storylines for next offseason. The Redskins can tag Cousins again for 2018, but it'll cost them about $34 million. The 49ers—led by head coach Kyle Shanahan, who loves Cousins—will almost certainly be trying to sign him if he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Redskins and Cousins agreeing to a deal after this season will likely come down to the team's success in 2017.
John Keim of ESPN does not think a long-term deal will get done between Kirk Cousins and the Redskins.
The two sides have one week (July 17 is the deadline) to come to an agreement, and most reports have been pessimistic that anything gets done. The lack of a long-term deal shouldn't have much of an impact on Cousins' play this season, and gaining chemistry with his new starting receivers after DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency is the biggest concern. Cousins should be a solid QB1 for the third straight year, not matter his contract situation.
Redskins' new senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams says he wants Kirk Cousins to remain with the team long-term.
Williams told NFL Network's Steve Wyche that he wants Cousins to remain "in the worst way." He said negotiations are ongoing (he seemed to indicate he's not involved in the talks, in terms of numbers), but he made it clear he wants Cousins, almost pleading for him to sign a long-term extension and explaining that they have a good thing going in Washington. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a deal. If they can't work out something by then, it's not out of the question for the Redskins to tag him for a third straight year after next season.
Schefter: Kirk Cousins contract talks with Redskins "taking encouraging tone."
Last season, Schefter says the two sides were "never close" to a deal, but he says there have been positive talks over the past several months. While a deal might not get done before the July 15 deadline, something could get done after the season, Schefter reports. Schefter also says Cousins' agent Mike McCartney and Redskins president Bruce Allen had their first face-to-face meeting since Cousins was first franchise tagged last year. The 49ers' heavy interest looms in 2018, but it looks like there's more of a chance Cousins remains in Washington than it seemed months ago.
Kirk Cousins said he's "not expecting anything to happen," regarding a trade before the draft.
Adam Schefter tweeted that Cousins said this on "NFL Live." Talk of a Cousins trade has cooled down considerably in recent weeks, particularly after team president Bruce Allen said Cousins will be the quarterback in 2017. If something does happen, it'll be with the 49ers. Connecting the dots, Jon Gruden (brother of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden) said that Watson is "special." If the Redskins do end up trading Cousins (which doesn't look likely) it'd probably be for the number two pick to take Watson.
Bruce Allen tells CSN Mid-Atlantic that Kirk Cousins will be the Redskins quarterback this season.
Allen said that he and Cousins have talked numerous times this offseason and just laugh at the rumors swirling. Allen also said they are working towards a long-term deal and could even franchise him against after next season (although the price would be well over $30 million). The Redskins could be playing extreme hard ball to get a great offer for Cousins, or they could really want him to be their quarterback. Either way, the best best thing to do is this—say they want him to be their quarterback.
Report: Kirk Cousins won't sign a long-term deal with the Redskins as long as Bruce Allen is president of the team.
Wow. This is according to Chick Hernandez. If true, this partnership seems to be one that can not be fixed. Cousins might be the Redskins quarterback in 2017, but it's highly unlikely he is past this season. A trade might be on the horizon if things are this bad between Cousins and people in the organization.
Kirk Cousins signed the franchise tag.
As Adam Schefter notes, Cousins can now officially be traded—but that does not mean it'll happen. Cousins will earn about $24 million this season, but can negotiate a long-term extension until the July 15 deadline. For now, Cousins is expected to play in Washington for 2017.
Chris Mortensen reports that Kirk Cousins "personally appealed" to Redskins owner Dan Snyder for a trade.
Mortensen reports that Cousins "was basically told not to get his hopes up." Well, that's kind of awkward. If true, Cousins clearly wants to go to San Francisco to play for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. The Redskins could be putting this out there to drive up the price on Cousins; they have to know at this point that he will just leave after next season anyway. Or they could just be insistent on keeping Cousins in Washington for at least 2017. A trade for Cousins would likely take at least the number two overall pick from the Niners, with the Redskins taking the position of not willing to trade their quarterback
Mike Silver says it's "more likely than not" the 49ers will acquire Kirk Cousins as their quarterback.
Perhaps he could have used a better phrase than the one Ted Wells unjustly used in the Wells Report. Jay Gruden has said he wants to keep Kirk Cousins on the Redskins long term, but no one seems to believe him. It's anyone's guess as to where Cousins will play next season, but it very likely won't be any team other than the Redskins or Niners.
The Redskins have placed the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Despite speculation, the Redskins definitely want Cousins as their quarterback. The Redskins opted for the exclusive tag, as opposed to the non-exclusive tag which would have meant other teams could have negotiated with Cousins. The two sides will likely try to hammer out a long-term deal, but both Cousins and the team seem OK with another season on the franchise tag. Cousins should be a steady fantasy option in 2017, but he could be losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.
Kirk Cousins throws game-ending interception as Redskins miss the playoffs.
Cousins was 22/35 for 287 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in a 19-10 loss to the Giants, knocking Washington out of playoff contention. Cousins was under constant pressure as the Giants played their starters, but the interception to seal their season falls on him. Cousins finishes the season completing 67% of his passes for 4,917 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The passing yards is one of the highest single-season totals in NFL history, but it would not be surprising if Washington and Cousins both dig their heels in the ground in regards to contract negotiations. Cousins will probably end up back in Washington, but a trade would not be surprising if they think Jay Gruden's offense will be good with another quarterback. Expect some heated negotiations this offseason.
Redskins stay alive with win; Cousins rushes for two touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins was 18/29 for 270 yards and one touchdown, with 30 yards rushing and two rush touchdowns. The rush touchdowns really helped Cousins' fantasy day, as he had a nine yard scramble then a quarterback sneak for his touchdowns on the ground. It's a good bounce back for Cousins and they'll have a potentially huge game next week against the Giants for a possible NFC wild card spot. Cousins will be a back-end QB1.
Redskins drop to 7-6-1 with loss to the Panthers.
The Redskins are now a mind-boggling 1-16 in their last 17 MNF games. Cousins was 32/47 for 315 yards, one interception, and one lost fumble in the game. It was Cousins' second game of the season without a touchdown, and the first game was in Week 1 against the Steelers (also a home Monday Night Football game). The Panthers defense played extremely well against the run, making it hard for the Redskins to have any balance in the game. Cousins should bounce back as a QB1 on Christmas Eve against Chicago.
Kirk Cousins averages 11.1 yards per attempt in win over the Eagles.
Cousins was 14/21 for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Redskins didn't have the ball much against the Eagles, but Cousins made the most of his opportunities, aside from a pick six to Leodis McKelvin. Cousins was accurate as usual on his deep balls, including an 80-yard touchdown to DeSean Jackson. Cousins will now face the Panthers and needs to keep the Redskins on the winning track in the NFC wild card race. He'll be a low-end QB1 with a very high floor against Carolina.
Kirk Cousins was 21/37 for 271 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals.
Cousins was red-hot coming into the game, but Arizona's defense posed a tough challenge, especially with Washington missing their top weapon in tight end Jordan Reed. The Redskins are now out of the wild card spot at 6-5-1, but remain just half a game behind the Bucs. Cousins gets a quitting Eagles team that he typically plays well against in Week 14. He should bounce back.
Kirk Cousins keeps it going, throws for nearly 450 yards in Redskins' Thanksgiving loss to Cowboys.
Cousins was 41/53 for 449 yards and three touchdowns in the game. After an 0-2 start, Cousins has really picked it up (obviously). He doesn't have any easy matchup in Arizona next Sunday, but Cousins is still a starting option while he's on fire like he is. Cousins is going to get paid a lot this offseason, whether it's by the Redskins, another team, or the franchise tag for a second-consecutive year.
Kirk Cousins lights it up, outduels Rodgers on Sunday Night Football.
Cousins was 21/30 for 375 yards, three touchdowns, and no turnovers in the Redskins’ 42-24 win over the Packers. The weather was a concern early, but in the second half it didn’t matter as Cousins threw perfect deep balls through the wind. The Redskins are now 6-3-1 and have a pivotal matchup with the 9-1 Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Cousins will be a back-end QB1 in that game.
Cousins has good day against Vikings defense.
Cousins was 22/33 for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins has looked good the past couple of weeks, throwing very accurately to his receivers. He's been consistent fantasy performer since Week 1. Cousins is a good option this week against the Packers, who just gave up four touchdowns to Marcus Mariota. Cousins is a low-end QB1.