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Kirk Cousins is reading these books next, and many of them are excellent choices

Kirk Cousins is reading these books next, and many of them are excellent choices

So far, Kirk Cousins' offseason has included highlights like meeting other famous Kirks and low points such as having his name butchered while renting a car. Now, with the season creeping closer, it looks like he's planning on doing a bit of reading on top of his other activities, too.

On Monday, the Redskins quarterback posted a photo to his Instagram revealing the next set of books he's hoping to work through. And, because overanalyzing everything about Cousins is now as much a part of life for a sports fan in the DMV as consuming GIFs of ridiculous John Wall plays or watching the middle of the Nationals' lineup bombard opposing pitchers, it's time to overanalyze some of the books in Cousins' stack.

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The next stack of books to read through...

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And here are some thoughts on which ones are particularly astute decisions: 

Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre

There aren't many gaping flaws in Cousins' game; he's accurate, he sneakily runs a damn good read-option and he can even drop a Step Brothers reference when the situation calls for it. 

What could he do better, though? Most of his detractors will point to the fact that he should take a few more risks, especially in the red zone, and throw his receivers open instead of hoping one breaks free on his own. That's a quality critics will say Kirk Cousins doesn't have right now — and it's a quality Brett Favre had enough of for himself and probably six other quarterbacks as well.

Sure, Cousins doesn't need to go full-Favre in 2017, but adopting some of No. 4's legendary throw-it-now-and-think-about-it-later attitude would serve him well moving forward. 

The Energy to Lead: The Thermodynamics of Leadership

Did Jay Gruden get this one for his passer? Perhaps, especially considering how Gruden said back in March he expects Cousins to be a leader for the Redskins no matter what his contract situation is.

"Whether you are an engineer, a parent, a pastor or anybody wishing to grow in influence in a leadership position," the book's Amazon summary reads, "The Energy to Lead will be a must have in your leadership library." The 28-year-old absolutely has energy, so hopefully there'll be some lessons in this paperback that'll help him translate that energy into effective leadership.

The Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth: A Practical and Strategic Guide to Preparing for the Big Day  

Game planning for the Giants defense is one thing. Preparing for the birth of a baby is a whole other thing.

For a soon-to-be-father, this guide should have a ton of useful information for the periods before and after his son arrives. After all, there are no timeouts once that process begins.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

As long as he continues to stay healthy and produce, Cousins is going to get paid, either through a few more years of playing on the tag or by finally signing a long-term deal. Therefore, it's no surprise he'll be flipping through a book about investing. And if there's a section on how crucial conversion vans are to a balanced portfolio, then that's just a bonus.


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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."