Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is in the unfortunate position of being drafted by a team that tells him he has no opportunity to earn a starting job, because that job is going to someone who was drafted 100 picks before him, Robert Griffin III. But Cousins says he still believes he’ll play.
“The cream always rises to the top, so if I’m as good as I hope to be some day, then I’m going to get that opportunity — whether here or somewhere else,” Cousins told the Washington Post. “But this is a great opportunity to learn and develop and to grow.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on Wednesday’s PFT Live that he hopes he won’t need Cousins to play, but he’s delighted to have him in case Griffin goes down.
“I think he was a steal in the fourth round,” Shanahan said of Cousins. “Hopefully, Robert can stay healthy and we don’t have to go to our second- or third-team quarterback, but if he does you better have a quarterback that’s either your second- or third-teamer that you believe is a first-teamer in this league, because if not and there is an injury you have no chance, and we’ve seen that in playoffs through the years. So to get a guy like Kirk in the fourth round, I thought it was a steal. Hopefully, Robert can stay healthy. Everybody knows what we think of him, so I think we’ve got a lot of depth at that position.”
In Washington, Cousins getting an opportunity to play won’t have much to do with how good he is and will have a lot to do with how healthy Griffin is. But Shanahan is confident that if Cousins gets an opportunity, he will be good.