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Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins Is A Great Marketer

Kirk Cousins

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Like it or not, Washington RedskinsKirk Cousins is showing every backup quarterback the right way to apply for a starting job in the NFL.

ESPN reported Thursday that Cousins has now taken steps to improve his vision with Lasik surgery.

He said, “If it gets to 20-15, then there’s an obvious improvement… In this league the difference between Pro Bowl and getting cut is that small. For me in shotgun, when I go through the cadence my eyes are on the defense but as I’m closer to saying hut my eyes have to stay on the ball… The more you can see out of the corner of your eye – blitzes, pass protection, open receivers – all of it is effective. When you have strong peripheral vision you can take in a lot of information at once.”

Getting cut is the last thing Cousins should be worried about. Getting to the Pro Bowl is only a matter of time.  He’s proven himself as a resourceful backup quarterback that, if given the opportunity, deserves a starter position somewhere.

I like how he’s doing this. He’s promoting himself through personal improvement. He’s not begging to be traded, nor is he complaining about where he is with the Redskins. NFL teams looking for a starting quarterback should take note.

Here’s what he said earlier this week to The “SiriusXM Blitz” with Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon:

“As a backup, you only have so much influence. I want to be able to influence and really lead an organization as a starting quarterback. Now, I’m willing to wait, I’m willing to be patient and hopefully earn that opportunity down the road. But if somebody wants to give me that opportunity sooner, I’d be open to that…”

Cousins has placed himself in a good position. Whether he stays or goes, he’s deserving of both futures. I’d love for him to stay, but I would support him if he left. He’s just that type of guy.