2013 Washington Redskins Training Camp Player to Watch: Kirk Cousins

By Ryan Heckman
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


One of the most interesting story lines from the Washington Redskins 2012 season was the play of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins during the brief absences of Robert Griffin III. Heading into training camp, it will be real interesting to see how Cousins comes out and plays especially with Griffin recovering from an ACL injury and being worked back into his comfort zone.

During training camp, Cousins will have an opportunity to continue impressing coaches and showing he can run an NFL offense at an efficient level. A backup quarterback is one of the most important positions in this league, and the Redskins surely have their solidified.

But, for how long?

If Cousins’ development continues at this rate, wouldn’t it make sense for the Redskins to try and trade the former Michigan State standout? There are a few teams around the league that I’m sure would love to have a guy like Cousins and Washington may be able to deal him in the future.

I guess you could say this year’s training camp is important to Cousins for a couple of different reasons, then. He would obviously love to be a starting quarterback at some point, and his role with the Redskins right now can’t be overstated enough.

With a starting quarterback like Griffin who loves to put his body out there — despite his eagerness to prove otherwise — it will be crucial for Cousins to stay on top of his game and continue learning to run the offense at a top-notch level. ACL injuries are nothing to mess around with, and no matter how well-recovered Griffin may be there is always the chance he goes down again.

Obviously as fans, we hope that never happens. But, in the event Cousins is needed again, he will be ready because of all the work he’s put in behind the scenes, starting in camp.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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