For the second week in a row, Kirk Cousins will face one of his quarterbacking idols.
Last Sunday, it was Tom Brady at Foxboro. This Sunday, it’s Drew Brees at FedEx Field.
“I’ve met him a couple times briefly,” Cousins said of Brees. “Again, I think there’s a few guys at the top of the league who have just done it at a high, high level for a long, long time. Those guys are the ones you have the utmost respect for and you try to study them and learn from them and ask questions about people who have been around them and say, ‘How do they do things? What makes them successful?’ He’s certainly one of those guys.”
Brees is en route to another outstanding season, even after missing Week 3 with a shoulder injury. The former Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowler ranks second in both passing yards (2,763) and completion percentage (69.6), and ranks seventh in passing touchdowns (18) for the Saints (4-5).
Brees, 36, is also one game removed from an all-timer in which he threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns in a wild 52-49 win over Eli Manning and the Giants.
For comparison’s sake, Cousins, who is in his first season as a full-time starter, is 16th in passing yards (1,964), eight in completion percentage (66.9) and 19th in touchdowns (10).
“When you look at what he’s done statistically it’s very, very impressive,” Cousins said. “He’s doing it again this year. Fortunately, it’s not my job to have to stop him. He’s one of the best of all-time. He’s a great example and sets the bar high for the rest of us young quarterbacks to follow after.”
Just as he does with Brady, Cousins studies film of Brees and attempts to emulate parts of his game.
“He plays with a great base, he’s got a quick release,” Cousins said of the 15th-year pro. “You can see how he progresses quickly in his reads and in his decision making. He has great command, all those things are traits that are important to have as a quarterback in this league, and things that I’m always trying to develop and improve upon and become more and more consistent with.”
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