I'm in the beginning stages of preparing for my first NFL season as a beat reporter. So where did I start? Same place as any sportswriter: with the Las Vegas odds, obviously.I was not stunned to learn that the Redskins check in as long shots -- 60 to 1, to be exact -- to win Super Bowl XLVII, according to the most recent odds.Not great. But, hey, at least they're not the Jags, whose odds of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy are 125 to 1. Or the Browns and Colts, each of whom are currently 80 to 1.And it's better than it was when the lines opened not too long after the Super Bowl. The Redskins were 75 to 1 to win it all then. Although we don't know for sure, I have to think that the acquisition of that new quarterback, that kid who goes by RG3, has something to do with that. I have to doubt that the signing of Brandon Meriweather could move the needle like that.Within the NFC East, the 'Skins rank last, which isnot all that surprising given last year's 5-11 record and the fact that they're starting a rookie quarterback. The Giants and Eagles, meantime, are both 12 to 1, while the Cowboys are 20 to 1.Is this the wrong place to remind folks that Vegas bookmakers are, generally speaking, pretty good at their jobs?
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.
It's only Week 7, but Kirk Cousins is putting up numbers that's proving to the Redskins and other teams around the league that he's worth a big contract.
In five games, Cousins has 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns with a QB rating of 106.4.
And he's proving that he's comfortable making plays on his own. During the second half of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Cousins scored a read option touchdown pushing his team ahead 26-17.
Someone who's impressed with what he's seen thus far and even threw out the word 'monstrous' when referring to the contract Cousins will eventually get, is former Redskins QB and NFL analyst, Sage Rosenfels.
Oh, and he also had a really long list of nice things to say about Cousins.
"Well he is an efficient quarterback and that's what he is," Rosenfels told the Sports Junkies Tuesday.
"He's a guy that you can count on to do what he's expected to do. He's gonna go to the right reads. He's gonna be an accurate thrower. He generally takes care of the football. He's an executer. He's a guy I describe as an executer. He's not a play maker, per say, though he has slowly added that to his repertoire."
"He is an executer though and I don't know if there's many better in the league who when you drop back and go through the progressions and have to read defenses, he's up there probably in the top five in the league at that. He's extremely accurate and he knows what he is doing."
Having your quarterback described as an executer over and over again isn't the worst thing in the world to hear.
When it comes to the business side of things, Rosenfels may also want to use the word 'smart' to describe Cousins.
"Good for him for signing those one-year deals. He bet on himself and now you know next year, whether it's Washington or somewhere else, he's going to get an absolute monstrous contract."
Contract negotiations are probably the last thing Redskins fans want to hear right now, but one thing to bask in is a successful QB.