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Giants, Gruden agree: Kirk Cousins stares down his receivers


Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins had a miserable game on Thursday night, throwing four interceptions that the Giants say were easy to see coming.

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said that the first player on the team to notice it was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who during film study over the last few days began to see that Cousins had certain tells. Pierre-Paul passed that knowledge on to his teammates in the secondary.

“JPP even saw it, he told us that [Cousins] was staring down his receivers,” Amukamara said, via Conor Orr of

Washington coach Jay Gruden agreed with that assessment, saying that’s something Cousins needs to work on.

“He’s a young guy playing the position, and young guys playing that position at this level will tend to make mistakes from time to time,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to make sure he’s sees his throws a little bit better and his eyes are in the right spot. There was a couple of them [interceptions] where he stared down the receiver, and the safety just came over made an easy pick.”

That’s something Gruden needs Cousins to improve on in a hurry. If Cousins keeps playing like he did on Thursday night, this season is going to get away from Washington in a hurry.