In the weeks leading up to training camp, Redskins Insider JP Finlay will look at specific people facing increased pressure for the 2017 season. 

Monday at 4 p.m. marks the deadline for negotiations between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins, but no matter what happens with the contract, the quarterback faces a lot of pressure in 2017.

After consecutive seasons breaking the Redskins single season passing mark, Cousins seems on the cusp of breaking into the NFL's top tier passers, if he hasn't already. This year, he must do it wthout DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, and that could prove difficult. 

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That duo of wideouts accounted for more than 40 percent of Cousins nearly 5,000 passing yards in 2017. Without them, the Redskins have plenty of weapons still. Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder could both produce 1,000 yard seasons, and free agent addition Terrelle Pryor could do the same. 

Still, the vertical threat from Jackson did a lot for the Redskins offense. Also gone, adding pressure to Cousins, is Sean McVay. The former Washington offensive coordinator had a level of knowledge and trust with Cousins. 


Truth is Cousins has shown over the last two seasons that he can deliver as an NFL starting quarterback. Great or good is up for debate, and it will be debated. It doesn't look like Cousins and the Redskins will get a long-term deal done in 2017, and that means he will likely be again looking for that elusive contract in 2018.

How he performs this season will go a long way to determine what that next contract looks like. 


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