New York Jets Should Keep Close Eye on Kirk Cousins

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The New York Jets are trying to fight their way into the playoffs, but their front office is already working on some offseason plans. Part of those plans will certainly involve trying to find a quarterback to compete with Geno Smith, which is why the news that the Washington Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins for the final three games should interest the Jets. Cousins has been discussed as a top trade candidate for quarterback needy teams for about a year and a half now, and if he plays during this stretch the Jets could be one of several teams who try to make a deal.

Cousins was a fourth round pick of the Redskins last year, and he has appeared in five games in his career, completing 61.6% of his passes for 573 yards, 4 TDs and 5 INTs. Cousins played much better in last season’s three appearances than he has in two this year, so he needs to step up his performances over the final three weeks. Cousins is still an unknown quantity, and the Jets don’t want to take any more risks at quarterback.

The Redskins are not facing any team with a particularly strong pass defense over the final three weeks, so Cousins will definitely have the chance to put up some solid numbers. The best way he can impress potential suitors is to play smart football, limiting turnovers and consistently making good decisions. Teams don’t want to get stuck in a Matt Flynn situation when they trade for Cousins, so they need to see positive characteristics that can be applied in any system, not just Washington’s.

The Jets will be looking at quite a few options at quarterback this offseason, and they will certainly be a team that is discussed as a logical trade destination for Cousins. However, the Jets have had so many struggles at the quarterback position that they can’t afford to make another mistake, and they need to be sure about whoever they bring in. Cousins has shown some potential in his brief career, so you can be sure that the Jets will be paying close attention to how he performs over the next three games.

Greg Sulik is a New York Jets writer. Follow him on Twitter @GregSulik or add him to your network on Google