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Why Kirk Cousins drives his grandma's van

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Why Kirk Cousins drives his grandma's van

In the parking lot at Redskins Park, there are dozens of high end cars, including a few AMG Mercedes-Benzs, Porsches, BMWs, Bentleys, a Tesla, a GTR and… a gray 2000 GMC Savana.

Most NFL players wouldn’t admit to driving a 15-year-old conversion van to their practice facility. But Kirk Cousins doesn't just admit to it, he actually sounds sorta proud of his whip, which he bought from his grandma a couple of years ago.

“I gave her five grand for it and she was kind enough to call it a deal,” Cousins said with a laugh. “I’ve put a little more [money] into to it, to try and update it a little bit.”

Cousins drove an SUV last season, but when the lease on it expired, that left him with the Savana, which he had originally intended to be a second car. Life, however, has been a little busy lately (being named a starting quarterback two weeks before the season can do that) and he hasn’t really had enough time to get another car.

“I’ve been a little lazy and haven’t gotten another car to go from A to B to work,” Cousins said. “So the van has kinda had to fill that role for now. It’s a great car to take to-and-from FedExField because it’s about an hour and a half drive from all the way out here. So it’s great when you have family in town and that kind of thing, but I definitely could use another car just to get from A to B.”

Hint, hint, local dealerships.

In all seriousness, Cousins’ van is reminiscent of Alfred Morris’ old beater, which made national headlines a few years ago. If you recall, Morris occasionally drives a 1991 Mazda—he affectionately calls it his “Bentley”— to Redskins Park. These days, though, Morris' mode of transportation alternates between the Mazda and a bicycle, which he parks in his reserved spot right in front of the facility.

“I would say sometimes our swagger is having no swagger,” Cousins said, referring to the quarterback’s van and the running back’s road bike. “I guess we’re a little quirky, a little different. As long as we can be productive, I think it’ll work. Let’s win football games and then a conversion van will start to be cool."

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, and there are several NFL Draft prospects looking to raise their stock.

Our latest mock draft takes a look at which players could use a solid performance at the scouting combine.

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After being a frequent top-5 pick in our early mock drafts, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's stock has slid a little. Could a solid performance in Indianapolis reestablish the wideout as this year's best in the class, and maybe warrant a top-5 pick?

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa likely will not participate at the combine as he continues to recover from his dislocated hip. Could Oregon's Justin Herbert take advantage of Tagovailoa's absence and catapult himself into the debate of the best signal-caller in the draft alongside LSU's Joe Burrow?

Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many expect the Redskins to use the No. 2 pick on, will put his incredible athletic ability on display. Could the 20-year-old make the Bengals rethink their decision of using the No. 1 pick on a QB?

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Every year, we see several prospects who come out of nowhere during the combine and establish themselves as first-round picks. We saw it last year with Montez Sweat, Juan Thornhill, and Justice Hill.

But remember, a great combine doesn't always equate to being a first-rounder. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show a year ago at the combine but fell to the end of the second round of the draft.

Next week's scouting combine is the first major event of the offseason as the NFL shifts focus to free agency and the draft.

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Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

The seventh documented concussion of Jordan Reed's football career is still affecting him six months later.

According to a report from The Athletic CharlotteReed is still in concussion protocol from a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August. 

Reed did not play a snap in 2019, as the team placed him on injured reserve in October.

The tight end is under contract through 2020, as Reed enters the final year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the team in 2015.

But whether he's on the roster or not is uncertain, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Reed's tenure is likely over in Washington. NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson reported Monday that she doesn't expect Reed to return to Washington, either.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

According to Finlay, the Redskins can still release Reed, even if he remains in protocol.

In his six NFL seasons, Reed has never played more than 14 games in one year. Following his breakout season in 2015, Reed never was able to replicate that success.

To address their need at tight end, the Redskins are one of three teams vying for the services of tight end Greg Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. Rivera coached Olsen in Carolina for eight seasons.

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