Has Kirk Cousins done enough in two preseason games to put some pressure on Robert Griffin III?
Cousins sidestepped that question like a blitzing linebacker after he helped lead the Redskins to a 21-17 victory over the Lions on Thursday night. But he also didn’t sound like a quarterback who is conceding anything.
“I don’t know, I guess the coaches make those decisions,” Cousins said on Redskins Postgame Live. “I just play and do what I can. That’s what [coaches] are paid to do. Watch the tape and do what they do.”
Cousins added: “I feel good about what I’ve done the last few weeks. Felt good about all training camp. I just got to keep doing it and growing. It’s a process.”
In 58 snaps spread over two games, Cousins has completed 20 of 26 pass attempts (76.9) for 245 yards and a touchdown. He’s been sacked once.
Entering Friday’s games, Cousins’ yardage total ranked second in the NFL.
Griffin, meantime, has been less effective, completing just 6 of 13 pass attempts for 44 yards. He was also sacked three times by the Lions, who took advantage of a porous Redskins’ offensive line that was minus three-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams.
Of course, it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. Cousins has been playing against reserves; Griffin has lined up against starters. It’s an important distinction in a league where the drop off between first and second string can be a significant one.
That cannot be ignored. But it’s also something that’s out of Cousins’ control.
“You have to evaluate [yourself based on] what you have the chance to do,” he said, adding that he doesn’t know how much he’ll play against the Ravens. “If that’s the opportunity you’re given, then you have to make the most of it. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been able to do that.”
The past two weeks, in Cousins’ mind, are a continuation of a strong offseason for himself.
“I look back at OTAs [and minicamp], I had a 70-percent completion percentage,” Cousins said. “I only had two interceptions the whole [offseason program]. I felt good about what I did then. I feel good about what I’m doing now. I worked really hard this offseason and I continue to look at what I can get better at. I feel like I’m showing steps. It’s a process, like I said. It’s not perfect. But every day, every week, I’m trying to build on what I’m learning and continue to go where I want to go.”