Washington Redskins 2013 Breakout Candidate: Kirk Cousins
There’s an old adage in football that states, “if you have two quarterbacks that means you don’t have one.”
For the Washington Redskins and head coach Mike Shananhan that was the overwhelming sentiment coming out of the 2012 NFL draft. While the Redskins took Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick, it was their selection of Kirk Cousins in the fourth-round that sent many pundits and experts into a tizzy, some going as far as to say that the drafting the Cousins would stunt the development of Griffin III.
Well now all those folks who thought the drafting of Cousins along with Griffin III quickly changed their tune as Cousins filled in admirably for the injured RG3 on more than one occasion during the 2012 season.
Now, fast-forward to the beginning of training camp and with RG3 still recovering from a torn LCL and ACL in his right knee making Cousins the default starter. Between the on the field work that Cousins put in during the 2012 season, as well as what he might be asked to do this upcoming season, this year could indeed be a breakout season for the signal-caller out of Michigan State.
Now, what exactly would qualify as a breakout season for Cousins? Well, it would mean that his stellar on the field play would exclude him from long term plans of the Redskins. For instance, if Cousins is asked to start the first month of the regular season and he goes 3-1 over that span with a couple 300 yard passing games, Shananhan and the Redskins could easily use him as a tradable asset that will aid the Washington franchise by adding depth and strengthening weak positions with the club. If this is indeed Cousins’ breakout season, it’s quite possibly his last season in a Redskin jersey.