Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is happy with the passing game weapons that he will have around him this season.
He also thinks that it helped for him to have been in the starting quarterback role throughout the offseason program.
But he knows that his enviable situation puts him under the microscope, perhaps more than many others who play one of most scrutinized positions in sports.
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“There’s no doubt that the circumstances seem to have been set up in a way where I don’t have many excuses,” he said.
When asked about his targets in the passing game, he mentioned wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, and Jamison Crowder and tight ends Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed as reasons to be optimistic. He has been working with some of them for a number of years now.
“It's been well documented how much talent there is, and not just talent but experience,” he said.
“I think it's very helpful to have DeSean and Pierre, I've been playing with them for a third season. Vernon's played a lot of football. Jordan, it's been at least three seasons. So these guys have experience and now Crowder, as a rookie with really no foundation. Now with a foundation you'd think that he can take another step forward.
“So it's exciting, I've said it since the spring that there's only one football to go around. My job is to be a good distributor, get the ball in their hands and see what they can do. I'd like to give every single one of them a great chance to help our team win.”
While Cousins is happy to have the talent around him, he is well aware of the danger of setting expectations too high.
“We talk about how the skill position players should be better; that should help us,” he said. “We should be more explosive. And I don’t want to create an environment where these expectations are now where we can’t meet them because we’re supposed to complete every pass and play perfectly.”
There’s certainly nothing wrong with high expectations, especially from a quarterback who is making nearly $20 million this year under the franchise tag. But they can get to the point where they are counterproductive if fans start booing if he throws three incompletions in a row. We will see how Cousins does both meeting and managing those expectations.