NFL pundits across the league have treated Kirk Cousins like some prodigy over the last two years. For some odd reason, Cousins became a media darling after the Washington Redskins drafted him in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Now, the Redskins have given Cousins the reins to this 3-10 team as Robert Griffin III was benched on Wednesday by head coach Mike Shanahan.
The Redskins trek south to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 as Cousins really lucked out by making his second career start against the Falcons’ woeful defense. With four touchdowns and five interceptions to his name, Cousins has plenty to prove despite being well-liked across the league.
Ever since Cousins was drafted I have referred to him as the next Matt Flynn. I fully expect Cousins to make a great first impression and torch the Falcons on Sunday and I wouldn’t be surprised if he finishes the year on a high note considering Washington plays the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in Weeks 16 and 17 — talk about cakewalk defenses.
Even still, it’s time for a 25-year-old Cousins to make his mark on the NFL. With a few good games against lousy competition, Cousins could suffice as great trade bait for the cap-strapped Redskins. However, if this back-up quarterback doesn’t seize the golden opportunity right in front of him then Cousins might be on the free agent market in a few months.