BY KEVIN CONNELL
When athletes’ bodies are evaluated, height and weight are usually the main features that are taken into consideration.
But when quarterbacks are evaluated, hand size seems to take precendence.
In a lengthy Q&A with Bleacher Report on Monday, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was asked about the essential trait and if they’re larger than most at his position.
“No, I think they are pretty standard,” Cousins told Bleacher Report. “Quarterbacks tend to have long fingers.”
But Cousins, who is in the midst of his first full offseason as the Redskins’ starting quarterback, doesn’t have small hands for his position, either.
According to his 2012 NFL Scouting Combine report, Cousins’ hands were measured at 9 7/8 inches – an average size for NFL quarterbacks.
“I know that I'm fortunate enough to have hands that are big enough, but I don't know that they are unusually large,” Cousins said.
For comparison purposes, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who also participated in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, has one of the bigger hand sizes among NFL quarterbacks at 10 ¼ inches, despite being considered short for his position at 5-foot-11. Cousins is four inches taller at 6-foot-3.
Cousins distinctly remembered Wilson’s hand size when they trained together at that year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
“He had hands where it made sense that he can grip the football and throw the ball very, very well, where his height isn't as impactful because he has good hand size,” Cousins said. “That is an important part of playing the position.”
Cousins’ hand size was first brought up when asked if it helped him in his ability to make certain throws.
He also talked about the one-year, $19.95 million contract he signed in March and new expectations ahead of the 2016 season.
Last season, Cousins threw for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns, while leading the Redskins to the NFC East division title.