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Pleased with his performance, Kirk Cousins doesn't know what comes next

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Pleased with his performance, Kirk Cousins doesn't know what comes next

Another preseason game, another impressive effort from Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

Cousins entered the contest midway through the third quarter and quickly worked to an efficient 91 yards with a touchdown. He completed eight of 12 passes and did not turn the ball over. 

The performance comes after Robert Griffin III exited the game in the second quarter after a series of big hits left him with a concussion. Colt McCoy entered after Griffin left the game, the opposite QB order from last week's preseason win against the Browns.

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Following the game, Cousins said he can't think about when he gets to play, he just has to focus on playing his best.

"We made plays," Cousins said. "In the short amount of time I was in there I felt good about what we were able to accomplish."

Watching the offense with Cousins at the helm, the Redskins moved crisply down the field for a second straight week. And with RG3 now in the NFL's concussion protocol, it's unclear who will start the third preseason game for Washington between McCoy, Cousins, or even Griffin.

"Usually I find out the morning of [the game] when I'm going to play. I don't really ask ahead too much," Cousins said of the upcoming game against the Ravens.

"The NFL sometimes stands for the No Feedback League so you never really know what's going to happen," he said. "You just learn to roll with it."

In five pass attempts, RG3 took three sacks. In his 12 attempts, Cousins took no sacks. 

"The pocket is imperfect. You have to be able to make plays off schedule," Cousins said. He was also quick to point out that Griffin impressed with his toughness in the face of a number of big hits.

While Cousins continues to look good in the preseason, it's worth noting he rarely plays against an opponent's top defense. 

"It's a different game when you're not playing against the ones," Cousins said. He added though, "you got to evaluate what you're given a chance to do."

Though he may want a larger role, Cousins seems to know his spot on the 'Skins. For now, at least.

"The job of a backup QB is to stay ready, jump in, and have the offense not miss a beat," he said. "I know that I didn't start tonight and I was ready to go when ever they tell me to go in. That's what I know."

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

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10 Questions in 10 days: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold. 

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No. 9: What is Kevin O’Connell's new role in Redskins offense?

It might be hard to remember now, but there was a week late last season for the Redskins where most informed people considered Kevin O'Connell on his way out. The talented young quarterbacks coach was being pursued by Chip Kelly to be offensive coordinator at UCLA, and the smart money suggested O'Connell would take the job. 

Except he didn't. 

O'Connell decided to stay with the Redskins and continue to work on Jay Gruden's staff. In turn, Washington promoted O'Connell to passing game coordinator, a new title that likely means much more involvement in game-planning. 

Working for Gruden comes with some perks. Sean McVay ran the offense for Gruden for a few seasons and landed a prime head coaching job with the Rams. McVay has plenty of his own talent, but throughout the NFL, Gruden's offense is widely respected. 

How will O'Connell's influence shape things this fall?

Consider that he deserves some credit for Kirk Cousins improved play out of the pocket in 2017. Now combine a coach that schemes plays for QBs on the move with new Washington passer Alex Smith, a strong runner and serious athlete, and this offense could look much more mobile in 2018. 

Gruden still has the final call on gameday, but O'Connell's voice will matter this year, more so than before. Bill Callahan and Matt Cavanaugh retain their roles and prominence in the offensive game-planning, for sure, but as Washington imports more run-pass option plays and QB movement, know that O'Connell is playing his part. 

Things will look different with Alex Smith running the Redskins offense than they did with Kirk Cousins at the helm. 

Just remember, O'Connell didn't turn down a job in Hollywood for no reason. 

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Need to Know: The best receivers the Redskins will face in 2018

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Need to Know: The best receivers the Redskins will face in 2018

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 17, nine days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The five best pass catchers the Redskins will face in 2018

This week we’ll be looking at the best of what the Redskins will face during the 2018 season. Today the pass catchers are up. They are roughly ranked 2017 receiving yards, although I did some juggling based on offseason moves and other factors. Prior to this, we looked at the best teams and quarterbacks

Julio Jones, Falcons—Somehow the perception is that he had an off year in 2017 even though he still had 1,444 yards receiving. His touchdowns were down; his total of three TDs was a career worst for a full season. Still, he’s a beast to try to cover and even if you have him perfectly covered he can still make the catch on you. 

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans—Despite working with some shaky quarterbacks, Hopkins has managed to gain over 1,100 receiving yards in three of the last four seasons. He is a highlight show regular and his 13 touchdowns led the league in 2017. 

Michael Thomas, Saints—The third-year player doesn’t have high name recognition outside of New Orleans and maybe fans of the other NFC South teams. Defensive coordinators certainly don’t sleep on him. Thomas is as consistent as they come, posting nine games with 80 or more receiving yards last season. 

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals—I keep wondering when he will show signs of his age (he’ll be 35 before the season starts). He didn’t last year, posting 109 receptions despite the fact that his quarterbacks were an aging Carson Palmer plus journeymen Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton. 

Mike Evans, Buccaneers—At 6-5, he is able to physically beat most cornerbacks. Evans will turn 25 just before the season starts and he got a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension. He is worth every bit of it. If Jameis Winston gets a big contract (something that is up in the air right now), he owes a good chunk of it to Evans. 

Best of the rest: T.Y. Hilton, Colts; Davante Adams, Packers; Alvin Kamara (RB), Saints; Zach Ertz (TE), Eagles

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Timeline 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 9
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 23
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 46

The Redskins last played a game 198 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 54 days. 

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