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Kirk Cousins: I’ll be ready, but RG3 will start Week One

Robert Griffin III,  Kirk Cousins AP

Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has spent the offseason working with the first-string offense while Robert Griffin III recovers from knee surgery. But Cousins thinks the chances are slim to none that he’ll be with the first-string offense when the season starts.

Cousins said Griffin has made significant progress in his recovery, and Cousins can’t imagine that Griffin won’t be ready to play when the Redskins open the season against the Eagles on September 9.

“Robert looked awesome, and I’m not just saying that,” he said on NFL AM. “He is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, he has healed very quickly, he couldn’t practice with us, but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring during OTAs and minicamp. He looked really good. I think he’ll be on the field Week One. But my mindset is to be ready no matter what, and I’m getting ready all summer so I’ll be ready if called upon.”

Cousins played well when given the opportunity as a rookie, and he’s ready to do it again this year. But he sounds like he knows that if he wants to be a long-term starter, it will be elsewhere.

“I’m working hard for whenever the opportunity comes, and if I don’t get any opportunities with the Redskins, then so be it,” he said. “Some day it could lead to the potential opportunity to start for someone.”

The best-case scenario for the Redskins is that Cousins doesn’t get any opportunities in Washington.

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45 Responses to “Kirk Cousins: I’ll be ready, but RG3 will start Week One”
  1. wryly1 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:51 AM

    If RG3 starts week one, Cousins will be starting by week 4.

  2. floratiotime says: Jun 24, 2013 10:53 AM

    Every injured player in the history of the NFL has always been ready to go when the season starts.

  3. pixelito says: Jun 24, 2013 10:54 AM

    Classy move by Kirk pretending he won’t be the Redskins starting QB this year.

  4. shartlos says: Jun 24, 2013 10:55 AM

    I’m starting to like the kid, even if he isn’t a starter.

  5. feelnsavage says: Jun 24, 2013 10:56 AM

    Lol Kirk cousins has a plan… Let RG3 play game 1… And but game 3 you be starting for the rest of the season… And The Kirk Cousin era will be official!

  6. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 24, 2013 10:59 AM

    And Kirk will start the rest of the season.

  7. realskipbayless says: Jun 24, 2013 11:01 AM

    I’m not a REDSKINS fan but they do have a nice team brewing up over there with some good character players (besides hall and a couple others) I’m rooting for Cousins to get a shot somewhere. From what he did last year he deserves it.

  8. draftazoid says: Jun 24, 2013 11:02 AM

    The Redskins have the #1 Quarterback situation in the NFL.

  9. logicailvoicesays says: Jun 24, 2013 11:06 AM

    It’s so fantastic for the Redskins to have the greatest player in NFL history as their starting QB, and a backup QB who is All Pro level.

  10. painsyndicate says: Jun 24, 2013 11:09 AM

    The extreme overhype of rg3 is stupefying but predictable. You fools are setting him up to fail spectacularly when/if he does come back. I am now looking forward to it.

  11. logicaillvoicesays says: Jun 24, 2013 11:19 AM

    Monday Night Football

    Eagles 42 Redskins 0

  12. leggett17 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:24 AM

    Little fragile Bobby Griffen. Thanks for yet another update.

  13. Patriot42 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:28 AM

    I suppose it is just human nature after all those years of losing to embellish a QB that won a couple games before his more then likely yearly big injury. Cousins better be ready to play.

  14. rgtre10 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:30 AM

    I’d have to say one of the best moves of the Shanahan/Allen era was to also draft Cousins, and i’m sure all those who questioned the idea of drafting another QB in the 4th round when there were other needs are quietly eating crow. This guy if not with the Redskins will be a good QB somewhere if they decided or someone makes them an offer they can’t refuse, if you take the time to look at his game tape at Michigan St the guy is a winner and seems to have the tools to excel in the NFL.

  15. brickhead2012 says: Jun 24, 2013 11:33 AM

    Kirk Cousins is quite possibly better than any QB the Skins have had in almost 2 decades other than Robert. A leader, a class act and a talented QB. He is better NOW than the present starter on at least 10 other teams. I don’t care if Robert gets back week 1 or six or even later as long as he is 100%. The Skins are a playoff team this year without Robert. A potential SB team if he gets back to 100%.
    I believe the Skins get at least one 1st round pick offer for Cousins if he gets a chance to show what he can do with starting several more games. So, as much as I want Robert back, it just benefits the Skins to be cautious and patient. Which doesn’t seem to be happening. But, as long as Robert has no setbacks that is ok.

  16. NotoriousKDV says: Jun 24, 2013 11:52 AM

    Too many people, including Robert himself, are putting way too much pressure on RGIII to be ready to go in week 1. Now I’m not saying that I want him to take the Derrick Rose approach and be more cautious than he needs to be but at the same time I wish that he’d just have the mindset of being ready when he’s ready. The worst thing he can do is set a target date for his return that may or may not be realistic.

    Kirk’s a capable backup but at the same time he’s not going to take RGIII’s job. When RGIII is healthy, he’s going to be the starter, period. So the best thing he can do is just focus on getting back to 100% and not trying to put some kind of hard target date on that. If he really is ready by week 1, great. But if not, don’t try and force it. And will so many people putting pressure on him to be ready to go week 1, it feels like he’s going to be playing week 1 whether he’s ready or not and that has disaster written all over it.

  17. logicaillvoicesays says: Jun 24, 2013 11:58 AM

    2014 Redskins starting qb will be Cousins. Book It. Hail

  18. jwil007 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    if Dalton stinks it up in 13′ Mike should QUICKLY send a 1st to DC for this guy…Listening to him on NFL Network this morning this guy has FRANCHISE QB written all over him..He is very sharp kind of bleeds leadership when you hear him speak..He is mobile, tough and would fit great in a West Coast offense…Smart move by Shanahan to draft him and be able to get a high pick for him at the end of 13′. Cousins starts somewhere in 14′ HANDS DOWN!

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:15 PM

    IRG3 will fail once again, redskins are the most mediocre team to be overhyped and fall flat in their faces as usual

  20. jimmysee says: Jun 24, 2013 12:22 PM

    There’s no mercy in the NFL. Mike Vick has learned that the last two years in Philly.

    I expect RGIII will get the same reception.

    I hope the ‘Skins look after him better than they did last year.

  21. andrewluck12 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:36 PM

    in 10 years we’ll all be looking back and saying man the QB class of 2012 sure did have some awesome guys. Luck, Tannehill, Wilson, Cousins…oh and Griffin…too bad he didn’t last

  22. lks311 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:42 PM

    You better trade this kid before his rookie contract is done. You can’t afford him and RGIII.

  23. justintuckrule says: Jun 24, 2013 12:46 PM

    Smart move by Cousins. The more that simple minded coaching staff and fan base add to the pressure of him starting week 1, the more pressure on Griffin’s shoulders to be ready by then.

    Start week 1, tweak week 2, bye bye RG, hello Cousins era.

  24. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 24, 2013 12:46 PM

    All of the hate this man receives for what being a good young player??? I’ve heard of not liking players but wishing injury is crass and low some people on this site need help! Good luck on the recovery not just RG3 but anyone battling injury it’s not easy!!!

  25. obnoxiousDCfan says: Jun 24, 2013 12:52 PM

    @peytonsneck18

    I’d love to know what “failing” you’re talking about. I don’t feel like getting into stats, but anyone who watched Robert play last season knows there is nothing about him that says “fail”. Are you related to BoysRoll??

  26. logicallvoicesays says: Jun 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    RGOneKnee makes a “miraculous” recovery and trots out onto the field to take some preseason snaps. Whoops, there goes the knee again. Did too much too soon. Enter OneStartCousins… Funny how defenses adjust when coaches have file to watch. Rex Grossman anyone? Pat White? Anyone? Anyone? Buehler?

  27. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 24, 2013 1:08 PM

    All you stupid people with nothing better to do. Wishing harm on another person who you don’t know and kid who has done nothing wrong. Very sad and funny. Redskins are in good hands for the next 15 years at QB no matter if the QB is RG3 or Kirk. HTTR!!

  28. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Jun 24, 2013 1:08 PM

    I love RG3. I think he is so polarizing because even your grandma recognizes his potential is greater any football player we’ve seen in a generation. He shatters the prototype. How Shanahan kept his job is amazing to me. It’s like a father who let his child get burned on a hot stove to teach him not to touch it in the future. SHAME SHAME SHAME on short-sighted Shanahan.

  29. thefox61 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:09 PM

    You’d better be ready Kirk. You’ll be starting very soon if they don’t fix the field.

  30. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    RIP RGIII You coulda been a contender if you di’nt play for a pretender.

  31. bigbluefan11 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    skinswillsurprise says: Jun 24, 2013 1:08 PM

    All you stupid people with nothing better to do. Wishing harm on another person who you don’t know and kid who has done nothing wrong. Very sad and funny. Redskins are in good hands for the next 15 years at QB no matter if the QB is RG3 or Kirk.
    =====
    Look at the nonsense that a fellow Skins fan posts on half the posts on the site if you want a reason for all the hate.

  32. harrypairotestes says: Jun 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    wryly1 says:
    Jun 24, 2013 10:51 AM

    If RG3 starts week one, Cousins will be starting by week 4.

    ————————————————

    DITTO!!! FAIL!!!

  33. myeaglescantwin says: Jun 24, 2013 1:42 PM

    Can’t help but respect Cousins.

    this guy showed that he was an NFL leader last season.
    he proved that this team could rely on him when it counted.

    Even after he proved his skills during last season, he accepts his role on that team. 99% of other NFL qb’s would make a stink about not starting, and lead to a much publicized quarterback controversy.
    none of that here.

    Keep working Kurt, someone will give you that payday.

  34. rgtre10 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:18 PM

    I’ve seen people making comments whether or not RGIII or the Redskins are rushing to get him back…well they’ve been holding him back, RGIII is progressing well from the off season surgery, and I believe his desire to be there week 1 says something about how good or how much he realizes how good Cousins is and how much of the threat he really is to take his job! Either way with 2 good young QB’s that’s one helluva insurance package…

  35. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 24, 2013 2:50 PM

    rgtre10 says:
    Jun 24, 2013 2:18 PM
    I’ve seen people making comments whether or not RGIII or the Redskins are rushing to get him back…well they’ve been holding him back, RGIII is progressing well from the off season surgery, and I believe his desire to be there week 1 says something about how good or how much he realizes how good Cousins is and how much of the threat he really is to take his job! Either way with 2 good young QB’s that’s one helluva insurance package…
    ____________________________________
    Have you been at all of their practices and in the lockeroom to know they are holding him back? No you haven’t, unless you are a player on the team who enjoys PFT this much.

    You need to understand the timetable for a return from an ACL tear. Then understand it is different when its the second time you have torn it. And when you have Dr. Andrews who lost all credibility last year by his actions (after looking great with the Adrian Peterson comeback). Skins will fail yet again like they always do.

  36. skinsfan91 says: Jun 24, 2013 2:51 PM

    RGIII has our opponent’s fans shook like “Man, I hope this guy gets hurt.” I understand, you’re scared, but don’t go wishing injury on guys. That’s just weak.

  37. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 24, 2013 2:54 PM

    He won 8 games. Nobody is scared. Russel Wilson is the real deal on the other hand with brains

  38. tinbender2000 says: Jun 24, 2013 3:06 PM

    bigbluefan11 says: Jun 24, 2013 1:22 PM

    skinswillsurprise says: Jun 24, 2013 1:08 PM

    All you stupid people with nothing better to do. Wishing harm on another person who you don’t know and kid who has done nothing wrong. Very sad and funny. Redskins are in good hands for the next 15 years at QB no matter if the QB is RG3 or Kirk.
    =====
    Look at the nonsense that a fellow Skins fan posts on half the posts on the site if you want a reason for all the hate.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    It’s not just that idiot that calls RG3″ The best player in NFL History” even though he hasn’t even played a full season yet, it’s his 94 Jack-wagon girlfriends that gave him a thumbs up.

  39. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 24, 2013 3:19 PM

    just another clip board holder..i mean RGknee,
    hell be out by week 2……

  40. skinsfan91 says: Jun 24, 2013 3:39 PM

    Hey bigbenh8tr the media have to been to entire practice sessions. There’s plenty of video where RGIII is doing exactly as he says he’s doing. Which is work with the other injured guys off to the side, throwing and running sprints. RGIII always has his helmet on during any of these activities.

  41. rgtre10 says: Jun 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    Well….

    bigbenh8tr says:
    Jun 24, 2013 2:50 PM
    rgtre10 says:
    Jun 24, 2013 2:18 PM
    I’ve seen people making comments whether or not RGIII or the Redskins are rushing to get him back…well they’ve been holding him back, RGIII is progressing well from the off season surgery, and I believe his desire to be there week 1 says something about how good or how much he realizes how good Cousins is and how much of the threat he really is to take his job! Either way with 2 good young QB’s that’s one helluva insurance package…
    ____________________________________
    Have you been at all of their practices and in the lockeroom to know they are holding him back? No you haven’t, unless you are a player on the team who enjoys PFT this much.

    You need to understand the timetable for a return from an ACL tear. Then understand it is different when its the second time you have torn it. And when you have Dr. Andrews who lost all credibility last year by his actions (after looking great with the Adrian Peterson comeback). Skins will fail yet again like they always do.

    _________________________________

    Let me just say wherever you are they may not have this but there is a show that comes on Redskin Nation, and yes they do show Robert running around throwing and all other type drills each and everyday they were at OTA’s and Mini Camp…was I there in person NO….however they show it all on the show next best thing to being there…and you need to understand RGIII like AP are not you’re typical athletes from everyone interviewed they say he’s a workout beast!

  42. leanback360 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:44 PM

    I’m a giants and personally I want RG3 to be fully fit for the season, I’d much rather watch a tough 4th quarter last ditch effort from either team, it’s way more exciting than a total blowout!

  43. mattw70 says: Jun 24, 2013 5:28 PM

    Why are there so many fans from other teams on here? Are they that worried about RG3? It would seem so. If RG3 did get hurt next season,I bet they’d be jumping around in their parents living room like they’d just won the lottery.Sad!

  44. outlaw2377788 says: Jun 24, 2013 5:48 PM

    Hate all you wish my friends. Most of you would take RG3 on your team all day if you could get him!

  45. skinsfanwill says: Jun 25, 2013 4:56 PM

    I can never figure out why people think he can’t come back from injury. tons of athletes blow a knee out and come back. Why can’t he? Adrian Peterson is an absolute beast and he has done it several times. Frank Gore. Nobody calling them injury prone. You haters are idiots.

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