Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he doesn’t feel any urgency to become a starting quarterback in the NFL, but the fact that he may be a starter come September has added a little urgency to his life.
Cousins said Monday that he doesn’t feel like he’s in a hurry to get on the field because he’ll have plenty of opportunities to play over the course of his career. He got a few opportunities last season thanks to injuries to Robert Griffin III and he may be under center to start the 2013 season as well with the date of Griffin’s return from his knee injury still unknown. The need to be prepared for being front and center has kicked things up a notch for Cousins.
“I think the approach doesn’t change a whole lot in terms of the time I’m putting in or the tape I’m studying,” Cousins said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. ”Where it changes is that sense of urgency. You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go. We don’t know what it’s going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don’t know. That’s not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I’m going to do all I can between now and then to do that.”
An added urgency is probably unavoidable, but there doesn’t seem to be a lack of confidence in Cousins’ ability to handle the job. Cousins has already proven himself capable of coming in at a moment’s notice and leading the offense, which bodes well for his ability to do it with months of lead time before the start of the regular season.