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Cousins outduels Mallett in battle of backups

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In a matchup of backup quarterbacks who have been the subject of trade chatter, Washington’s Kirk Cousins has out-played New England’s Ryan Mallett.

Although Cousins made a bad decision and had a near-interception early, he quickly settled down and looked good in his first live game action running new coach Jay Gruden’s offense. Cousins played some of the first quarter and all of the second and finished with nine completions on 13 attempts for 103 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Colt McCoy came on in place of Cousins in the third quarter and promptly led a touchdown drive.

Mallett, who started for the Patriots, struggled and never looked particularly comfortable behind a New England offensive line that wasn’t doing a particularly good job of protecting him. Mallett played the whole first half and completed five of 12 passes for 55 yards. He was replaced in the third quarter by rookie Jimmy Garoppolo.

To the extent that we can tell anything from the preseason, Washington fans should be pleased: The first-string offense played well, with running back Alfred Morris getting off to a good start and quarterback Robert Griffin III looking comfortable, and Washington’s backups have soundly out-played New England’s backups. Early in the third quarter, Washington leads 20-0.

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  1. elrock7 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:31 PM

    He should outplay Mallett because he is a better QB.

  2. bucrightoff says: Aug 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    Cousins > RGKnee

  3. ajgreenhof says: Aug 7, 2014 9:32 PM

    How and when did Kirk Cousins end up on the Patriots?

  4. citizenstrange says: Aug 7, 2014 9:33 PM

    If only Scott Pioli were still a GM he would give up an exorbitant King’s ransom for the ne’er-do-well Mallet. Rube!

  5. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 7, 2014 9:35 PM

    The Pats O-line didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but I have to say Mallett was atrocious.

    We could get Tiquan Underwood for him in. A trade right now

  6. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 7, 2014 9:36 PM

    Cousins has more real game nfl experience.

  7. rcali says: Aug 7, 2014 9:36 PM

    The “New England NFL Franchise” is definitely looking bland. The “Washington NFL Franchise,” or as the announcers are calling them “The Redskins,” look okay for being down multiple skill players.

  8. nobreak1269 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:38 PM

    Hilarious-once again belicheat tries to be sneaky-and it backfires on him badly.Wont get anything for Mallet now-everyone knows the REDSKINS secondary is terrible!

  9. charger383 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:43 PM

    REDSKINS best name in football

  10. isphet71 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:45 PM

    Cousins also looks better than Griffin, as always.

  11. officialgame says: Aug 7, 2014 9:47 PM

    Mallet flat out stinks and isn’t worth even a 7th round pick.

  12. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 7, 2014 9:48 PM

    We will start a dynasty! Minimum of 3 SB victories in the next 5 years! I could not for a better team!

    #JetsDynasty
    #Geno>RGKnee>Brady
    #GodsTeam
    #YouWishYouWereAFanOfTheJets

  13. jeremysirio says: Aug 7, 2014 9:53 PM

    So about that NE/HOU trade… What is NE willing to give HOU for Keenum?

  14. baddegg says: Aug 7, 2014 9:55 PM

    Wow, Mallet is not good. The Redskins defense is supposed to be improved this year but let’s face it, their secondary was horrible this year and Mallet couldn’t even move it against the second stringers.

    I know the Patriots are geniouses who turn mid round draft picks into gold, but I’m not seeing it on this one.

  15. baddegg says: Aug 7, 2014 9:57 PM

    Edit: I mean, their secondary was horrible LAST year…hopefully they’ll be decent this year. :-)

    PS..I agree with the article that while it’s only preseason, nice start for Skins. It’s good to see Morris start off strong. He’s the guy that’s going to make that offense work even more so than Griffin.

  16. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Aug 7, 2014 10:02 PM

    Pats trying to pawn off Mallett on the Texans for Andre Johnson and a high draft pick. Pffffffffff…Yeah, that’s going to happen now. Not.

  17. folkcrusader says: Aug 7, 2014 10:04 PM

    Mallett looked like Mallett, plenty of boom, plenty of bust.

  18. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 7, 2014 10:07 PM

    To the extent that we can tell anything from the preseason, we can get a glimpse of what the Patriots look like without Brady. Not very impressive.

  19. tigers182 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:09 PM

    Michigan State wins another battle with Michigan.

  20. realfootballfan says: Aug 7, 2014 10:11 PM

    Washington will be the class of that division. It will further expose how bad of a coach Mike Shanahan was because I think Washington goes 11-5 easily this year and should have last year as well had he focused more of his attention on their terrible special teams and under-performing defense that from all accounts he was over-involved in while his silly son was given full autonomy over the offense last year. Jay Gruden seems to be a more personable version of his brother who was a pretty good game day coach as long as you kept his hands off of personnel decisions.

  21. jcmeyer10 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:18 PM

    Real story is Garoppolo looking like a guy who shows up when it counts. Also, his connection with Tims has been fun.

    Side note, what a great catch by Tims with the ball popping up.

  22. jcmeyer10 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:19 PM

    Haha, sorry, Tyms.

  23. tarheel723 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:20 PM

    USE THE NAME!!!! #REDSKINS

  24. thraiderskin says: Aug 7, 2014 10:34 PM

    So did the Redskins’ defense look good or did the Patriots O-line just look bad?

  25. valentino8100 says: Aug 7, 2014 10:35 PM

    As a Patriots fan, I am embarrassed at the product put out on the field tonight. Poor tackling, terrible ball security, inordinate penalties, and a weak performance by Ryan Mallet. I hope they all get chewed on quite nicely this week.

  26. igotgamenj says: Aug 7, 2014 10:36 PM

    Nobody is going to make a trade for Mallet after tonight’s performance

  27. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 7, 2014 10:48 PM

    Cousins is much better than Mallett.. Mallett is useless in real football but looks good in non contact/no rush/no defensive scheme drills

    Pats going to have a hard time peddling that stiff

  28. sammadison says: Aug 7, 2014 11:08 PM

    New England is going to be bad when Brady retires

  29. dickshotdogs says: Aug 7, 2014 11:21 PM

    Utterly meaningless.

  30. spoilerfutbol says: Aug 7, 2014 11:29 PM

    Mallett outplayed by Garoppolo

  31. belichickluvsu says: Aug 7, 2014 11:51 PM

    New England’s line play was horrible. Belichick will be on them next week

  32. getyourownname says: Aug 7, 2014 11:58 PM

    That strategy of showing off Mallett in order to to gin up a trade value isn’t looking so great now.

  33. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 8, 2014 12:15 AM

    it’s only pre season I know, but that defense looked than advertised.

    the haters may have trouble hating this week.

  34. borisbulldog says: Aug 8, 2014 2:52 AM

    Re:Cousins,

    Everyone looks good against 3rd and 4th teamers that will be working at Home Depot in 3 weeks.

  35. staffordsyear says: Aug 8, 2014 6:10 AM

    No surprise..Mallets a dud.

  36. irishlad19 says: Aug 8, 2014 6:23 AM

    Mallett is making the back-up QB decision easy.

  37. papajack1259 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:26 AM

    I felt as if I was in a time warp, all the Pats needed was the Red Patsie uniforms and it was 1972

  38. bodycount99 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:46 AM

    Cousins>Mallett
    If Cousins worked alongside Brady, he would be getting all the “ready to be a starter” hype.

  39. cash804 says: Aug 8, 2014 7:47 AM

    RGIII was efficient without his two best receivers on the field.

    He’s baaaaaaaack…HTTR!!!

  40. redskinsredskinsredskinsredskins says: Aug 8, 2014 7:51 AM

    Booking my ticket to Glendale. Super Bowl bound!! HTTR

  41. demskinsbaby says: Aug 8, 2014 8:01 AM

    Means absolutely nothing. Just a bunch of guys trying to make the team, and they really showed up.

  42. paulbdotcom says: Aug 8, 2014 8:23 AM

    Don’t worry Pat’s fans, once the cameras are installed the Pat’s will once again look in perfect form.

  43. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Aug 8, 2014 9:13 AM

    they went 4-0 in the preseason and 3-13 regular season. No reason for skins fans to get excited yet

  44. vikessuperbowlchamps2015 says: Aug 8, 2014 9:26 AM

    Bridgewater > RGbust

  45. draftazoid says: Aug 8, 2014 9:54 AM

    Kirk Cousins can play.
    I wonder how long it will take during the pre-season to see some of these teams with quarterbacks, who frankly just cannot play well, will be calling the Redskins about Cousins.
    My guess: Right after the 3rd pre-season game.

  46. jetsbandwagon says: Aug 8, 2014 9:56 AM

    We will start a dynasty! Minimum of 3 SB victories in the next 5 years! I’m so happy to know that God is on our side!I could not for a better team!

    #JetsDynasty
    #Geno>RGKnee>Brady
    #GodsTeam
    #YouWishYouWereAFanOfTheJets

  47. weepingjebus says: Aug 8, 2014 9:57 AM

    I was there, Pats looked bad but a bright spot was Garoppolo. He’s quick on his feet and had a nice touch on the ball. Also, you forget how big Gronkowski is until you see him in person — Brady is like 6’4″ and Gronk looks a foot taller and twice as heavy.

  48. blackandyella says: Aug 8, 2014 10:04 AM

    Cousins could start for Jacksonville, Tenn, Houston, NYJ, Buffalo, Miami, Cleveland, Oakland, Arizona, St. Louis, Tampa, and Minn. He’s also better than Flacco and Dalton, but he’d never start there, because those teams wasted $115-$120 mil on backup quality QBs.

  49. ideabook2014 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:16 AM

    Cousins is one of those chowder-heads who come from big time programs and sort of waste away on the bench, never getting a big time chance. Check out history and see how many in his position and status ever (in the NFL today) really make it. If he was a legit big time QB he’d have been picked by a team that needed more than a back-up. He couldn’t have been rated as such anymore than getting picked behind Griffin. Cousins will be gone as soon as the Washington team finds a legit back-up. Again, he has, at best, below 8-8 level starter written all over him. Sort of like Jay Cutler, who is now the most overrated QB in the league.

  50. ideabook2014 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:21 AM

    Good to see that product of the school of QB’s, Eastern Illinois University in scenic and boring Charleston, Illinois, the ‘G-Man’ get a chance to show some of his stuff as the Patties QB. A lot of people are rooting for him to make it, and believe he’s landed in a good place to learn and eventually thrive. He’s a good person and leader. Best of luck to him. By the way, Romo and Sean Payton both are out of Eastern, but so is the original Mastermind, Mike Shanahan, who got his break from Bill Walsh at SF. Walsh had been friends with the old Eastern coach (O’Brien) who vouched for the Mastermind.

  51. harveyredman says: Aug 8, 2014 10:36 AM

    isphet71 says: Aug 7, 2014 9:45 PM

    Cousins also looks better than Griffin, as always.
    _________________________________

    For sure!

    Except for some minor exceptions – like their last year of College where RGIII was voted the Heisman award winner, and their first year in the NFL where RGIII was voted Offensive RoY and set a record for rushing yards and rookie QB rating, and of course last year, although RGIII was not healthy and Cousins got some easy teams to play at the end – RGIII bum knee – QB rating: 82.2, Cousins – QB rating: 58.4.

    But outside of those “minor” times Cousins looks way better, always ;)

    Maybe Cousins can convince the league to extend the preseason for 16 games and ask each opponent to play their 2nd/3rd string… then watch out for him!!

  52. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:46 AM

    Yawner of a game like most preseason contests.

    Pats sat something like half their starters and the results were predictable. Don’t think this game tells us much about how either team will look in the regular season.

  53. thirdistheworrd says: Aug 8, 2014 12:08 PM

    ideabook2014 says: Aug 8, 2014 10:16 AM

    Cousins is one of those chowder-heads who come from big time programs and sort of waste away on the bench, never getting a big time chance. Check out history and see how many in his position and status ever (in the NFL today) really make it. If he was a legit big time QB he’d have been picked by a team that needed more than a back-up. He couldn’t have been rated as such anymore than getting picked behind Griffin. Cousins will be gone as soon as the Washington team finds a legit back-up. Again, he has, at best, below 8-8 level starter written all over him. Sort of like Jay Cutler, who is now the most overrated QB in the league.
    ________________
    Well said– there’s no way guys from big programs can come in, sit on the bench, and develop into legitimate starting quarterbacks. It didn’t work with Montana, it didn’t work with Young, and don’t even mention Favre, Rodgers, and Brady, complete disasters. Even more important is the fact that Cousins was drafted after Griffin, a sure sign he’s completely talentless: just look at Nick Foles and Russell Wilson, total wastes of second and third round picks.

    For real though, the only reason Cousins hasn’t been traded yet is because of concerns about Griffin’s knee. But as soon as the right price comes in he’ll be out of there. And whether he goes 8-8 or 13-3 isn’t Washington’s problem anymore. And most importantly, since when is MSU a big football school?

  54. distracted9 says: Aug 8, 2014 1:19 PM

    So a lot of hoopla as always about RG3. . Lol watch their practice against New England’s starters.. he couldn’t move the ball at all.. he had 2 completions out of 13 attempts and that was with his starters.

  55. cfballfan1 says: Aug 8, 2014 3:29 PM

    Cuz will start at some point this season – for the Redskins or some other team.

    Book it.

  56. TheWizard says: Aug 8, 2014 3:38 PM

    I love when the trolls take the occasion of a preseason practice game to dump on New England.

    It’s likely your only chance this year, so have at it.

    And the dude with the camera comment, you do know that was 2006/07 right? The team has had 97% turnover since then, the current players wouldn’t really know what you’re talking about.

    If you want to bust on them, focus on the interior offensive line. It’s their weak link this year, unless that rookie center heals up quickly.

  57. quackbury says: Aug 8, 2014 4:47 PM

    Big winner last night was Tim Tebow. Now we can say with authority that he is not the worst NFL quarterback of the Modern Era.

    Big loser was Ryan Mallett. Not only will he never get an NFL start, his performance last night was so dreadful he should never make a CFL roster. Sad.

    And the Pats? Drafting Garoppolo was clearly a stroke of genius. Can’t imagine Manziel playing even half as well in his first NFL game. That touchdown strike at the end was a thing of beauty. (And this was the first NFL game Garoppolo had EVER attended, even as a fan!)

    Actually the biggest loser last night was probably the Pats Haters. If Garoppolo stays healthy, the Pats will be in great hands when Tom Terrific retires. #Dynasty. #Sucks to be a Yet.

  58. lanman11 says: Aug 8, 2014 5:42 PM

    Mallett looked great in practive but not in the game. Garoppolo looked terrible in practice and had a great game. Has the 62 yd TD with Tyms counted he’s have been 10-13 for 219 yds. The Pats looked bad, and they are usually OK in the first pre-season game, so that was strange. They usually blow one pre-season game pretty good but it’s usually the third one and everyone gets in a tizzy because it is the “dress rehearsal” for the season. Then they go out and post 12-13 wins in the regular season, with a top 3 scoring offense, a top 5 running game, and a middling (15th) defense, which should improve this year to a top 10 defense. I wouldn’t get over excited about any of this, assuming the o-line plays much better next week. The Skins haven’t done much to be better than they were last year. They had a good pre-season game, but I wouldn’t be betting on them to beat out the Eagles this year. They were a 3-13 team and terrible in pass coverage and red zone. That’s not going away this year.

  59. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    Mallet is no better today than he was at Arkansas. What a disappointment. Garopolo made up a lot of ground last night.

  60. lanman11 says: Aug 11, 2014 3:45 PM

    Pre-season games are no indicator of what a QB can do in the regular season. In 2008 Matt Cassell had 17 drives for just two FG’s in the pre-season. Brady got hurt in game 1, and Cassell led the team to an 11-5 record. By all accounts Mallett has more talent than Cassell. In the right system with the right coach, and a decent team around him, Mallett could perform quite well. The difficulty here is teams are afraid to deal with the Pats because they don’t want to be skewered in the media for both taking the risk, and for the results if things don’t work out as expected. However, O’Brien should know enough about Mallett to make the call. The question is whether the price is too steep, or what the Pats want conflicts with what Houston wants with regard to adding an existing player or two, to the mix.

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