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Redskins Playbook: Looking at Kirk Cousins' Week 3 hits and misses

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Redskins Playbook: Looking at Kirk Cousins' Week 3 hits and misses

The first two weeks of the season, Kirk Cousins delivered uneven performances. In Week 3, Cousins played a near perfect game, and the numbers provide plenty of support. The Redskins dominated the Raiders in a 27-10 win on Sunday night, and Cousins' 365 passing yards with 3 TDs on 25 of 30 passes were a huge part.


The stat breakdown, numbers taken from Pro Football Focus:

  • In Weeks 1 and 2, Cousins' completion percentage dropped about 20 points when the QB faced pressure. In Week 3, Cousins delivered under pressure. On six plays under pressure, Cousins completed all but one of his passes. 
  • Against the blitz, Cousins completed 8 of 9 passes and threw for two touchdowns. Clearly, Cousins was seeing defenders on the move and identifying pressure points in his pre-snap reads against the Raiders. 
  • As usual, Cousins found great success throwing to his left, completing 5 of 6 passes. But he was efficient everywhere. Only two throws over the middle and two throws to the right side fell incomplete. 
  • For the first time this season, Cousins connected on a deep throw. He found Josh Doctson for a 50+ yard touchdown grab. Speaking with 106.7 the Fan on Monday, Cousins admitted he doesn't like to throw the type of "jump ball" that went to Doctson, but the 2016 first rounder rewarded him for his trust. 

Cousins played his best game against the Raiders since a Sunday night game last season against Green Bay. Maybe the Redskins QB likes these Sunday night affairs. 


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Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker


Who is Nick Rose? Three things you should know about the new Redskins kicker

Here are three things you need to know about Nick Rose, who was signed on Tuesday to replace Dustin Hopkins.

1) His next NFL kick will be his first one

Rose has spent offseason time with the Falcons and 49ers since entering the league in 2016 after his collegiate career at Texas. However, he has never attempted a regular season field goal or PAT, so the first time he does so with the Redskins will be the first time ever for him as a pro.

The 23-year-old certainly has potential: He was one of the nation's top touchback producers in 2014 and 2015 for the Longhorns, so distance on kickoffs and field goals shouldn't be an issue (this video of him nailing one from 80, yes, 80, backs that up). What remains to be seen is whether he can split the uprights for Washington.

For what it's worth, Hopkins was totally inexperienced in the NFL when he first signed with the Burgundy and Gold, too.


2) He can make kicks in unconventional ways

While this doesn't come across as something Jay Gruden would ever want Rose to try in, say, this Monday's game in Philly, Rose can sink chip shots while simultaneously completing a backflip.

Ever seen Adam Vinatieri do that? Nope, didn't think so.

3) He beat out at least three other candidates for the job

With Hopkins likely done for the year with a hip issue, the Redskins worked out a handful of replacement options on Tuesday.

It was Rose, though, who emerged with a contract. He earned it over at least three other guys, including veterans Mike Nugent and Andrew Franks. Now he must bring that strong leg, as well as some accuracy, when called upon to ensure the 'Skins don't miss out on any points on a weekly basis.

Making kicks in the middle of backflips is fun, sure. But making them in front of national TV audiences instead of a YouTube audience is probably more fun. Let's see if Rose has what it takes to stick around.


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Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources


Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve, per sources

Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins will likely not play again this year, a source with knowledge of the situation tells our JP Finlay.

The team placed Hopkins on the injured reserve list, which means he's out at least eight weeks. To replace him, the Redskins signed Nick Rose, per NFL Network.

In his third season with Washington, Hopkins had made nearly 82 percent of his field goals this year. He made 12 of 13 extra points, but missed a very important extra point in Sunday's win over the 49ers.

Hopkins had a very strong leg, capable of touchbacks on kickoffs nearly every time the situation called for it. 

Rose is yet to play in the NFL but spent time with the 49ers. He kicked collegiately at the University of Texas.

As a senior in Austin last year, Rose made 13 of 17 field goals and 38 of 39 extra points.