Halloween isn’t for another 40 days, but Kirk Cousins said he already got a head start on his Joe Theismann costume.
Or at least that’s what Cousins — the Redskins’ second-string rookie quarterback — said he was wearing throughout the preseason.
Most modern-day football players — particularly quarterbacks — want a tight-fitting game jersey with extremely short sleeves, which can deter defenders from getting a hold of them and bringing them to the ground without at least working for it.
But when Cousins put his white No. 12 Redskins jersey over his shoulder pads for the team’s preseason opener Aug. 9 against the Buffalo Bills, he said it was quite the shocker.
“I show up in Buffalo and my jersey literally looks like a Halloween costume,” Cousins recalled Wednesday. “I was swimming in it.”
Cousins alerted the Redskins equipment staff about the jersey, but continued to play on through the preseason with his baggy sides exposed and his sleeves down to his elbows.
“I probably got grabbed a couple times that I wouldn’t have if the jersey fit perfectly,” Cousins said.
Despite not having an ideal-fitting jersey, Cousins shined in the preseason. In his first taste of professional football, Cousins completed 42-of-73 passes (57.5 percent) for 560 yards and three touchdowns.
In one especially-notable performance, Cousins nearly led the Redskins to a second-half comeback victory over the Chicago Bears, as the Michigan State product completed 18-of-23 passes (78.3 percent) for 264 yards and all three of his preseason passing touchdowns.
“The jersey didn’t hinder me — in fact, it actually did the opposite,” Cousins said. “It was so free that it didn’t restrict me at all.”
But when Cousins made the Redskins’ 53-man roster — or “the big time,” as he calls it — the Redskins had a professional tailor work her magic on his jerseys.
“I show up in New Orleans, and sure enough, on each side, it’s a little bit tighter,” he said. “The sleeves are still a little big, but everything else was nice and tight. The story has a happy ending.”
And, to completely buy into the cliché of “you play like you practice,” Cousins recently had the sleeves on his no-contact gold practice jersey lengthened to mimic the sleeves on his game jerseys.
“I’m the only guy with baggy practice sleeves,” Cousins said. “So it’s seeping into practice now, too.”
Whatever makes you happy, Kirk.
On a side note…
While I was talking with Cousins about his jersey, offensive lineman Jordan Black — whose locker is just to the right of Cousins’ — came over to give the rookie quarterback a quick jab about last Saturday’s Notre Dame-Michigan State football game.
Black, of course, played at Notre Dame, which defeated the Spartans, 20-3, in East Lansing, Mich.
Cousins joked that Black was boasting about the win a little too much.
“He went to Notre Dame I went to Michigan State, we had a game this past weekend,” Cousins said. “You would think he and I played in it by the way he talked about it, but all I did was watch from my hotel room.”
Black currently has bragging rights over several teammates, as the 3-0 Fighting Irish have already defeated Navy (with alum and Redskins fullback Eric Kettani), Purdue (with alum and Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan) and Michigan State (with alum and Redskins quarterback Cousins).
The veteran offensive lineman has a little more than a week to prepare for Notre Dame’s big game against the University of Miami, which has alumni that include Redskins wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss and safety Brandon Meriweather.
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