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Kirk Cousins Ranks As NFL’s Top Backup

Posted by Stephen Czarda on July 11, 2013 – 10:32 am

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

How about this for a seismic turnaround—not only do the Washington Redskins have one of the brightest young quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III, they have the best backup quarterback in the NFL in former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins.

Not that long ago the quarterback position was considered, by some, to be an area of interest in terms of performance; the reasoning behind head coach Mike Shanahan and Co. picking two highly talented quarterbacks in the first four rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Despite the fact that Cousins has appeared in (only) three games with one start, he tops the list. Impressive to say the least, but not a surprise to Redskins Nation.

NFL.com’s Marc Sessler comprised a list of the 34 best second-string quarterbacks with No. 12 topping the list even with a teeny NFL sample.

“He capably led the ‘Skins to a critical late-season win over the Cleveland Browns as a rookie, and he has shown tremendous leadership as RGIII heals from knee surgery.”

Yes he did—to include this top play to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson in a spot start.

Don’t forget his epic, come-from-behind performance against the Baltimore Ravens either. It was the second time he came in to relive No. 10 at the end of a game. Both times he led the Redskins to touchdown drives within minutes.

The rest of the top-15 includes some familiar faces and possible opponents in 2013 if given playing time.

  •     2. Kyle Orton-Cowboys
  •     4. Chase Daniel-Chiefs
  •     6. Nick Foles-Eagles
  •     15. Jason Campbell-Browns

While it remains to be seen exactly when Griffin III returns to the field, the offense can rest assured that whoever trots out to the huddle come game day, they’ll be in good hands.

Actually, make that great hands.

14 days, guys. That’s how many days are left until Redskins football is back!

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9 Responses to “Kirk Cousins Ranks As NFL’s Top Backup”

  1. By polofourme on Jul 12, 2013 | Reply

    I find this really hard to believe. Cousins has played around 8 quarters in the NFL..has had one complete game..looked good in another and then pretty bad in the other two games in played in…now I like the good play he demonstrated but I didn’t like his interceptions and sloppy play in the other two games. I really cant see him being the best back up QB in the league. In fact there is really so little known about him and his play I don’t see how you can even consider him a back up QB. it think we have to see a lot more of his play to determine what we really have. And he make get that chance this year..at least a chance to start a few games earl in the season should they decide to hold Griffin out to make sure he is ready….Then we can see how he plays over a few games but even then that’s a pretty small set of game experience to judge him by but certainly more than we have now. I don’t see really any interest by other teams in trading for him now..but time will tell. Lets see what happens.

  2. By Mark on Jul 12, 2013 | Reply

    I think it’s more a product of how bad the rest are. Who of the list would you take ahead of Cousins? Maybe Orton but you know what he is. Cousins has the potential to be very good, maybe even great but sadly it’ll hopefully be for another team (in the AFC).

  3. By Dan on Jul 12, 2013 | Reply

    Anyone realize that two of the next four are ex-skins?

  4. By SamoanSkinsFan51 on Jul 13, 2013 | Reply

    Back up QB’s aren’t supposed to see the field and can only be judged for the very limited times they see the field. His interceptions are expected given that he is a rookie, but given the 3 times we have seen him play it is hard for me to think any other back up QB has more then Kirk Cousins. He is 2-1 as a rookie back up QB and if int’s really mattered as much as your worried about them, then Andrew Luck must be absolutely a nobody to u given he nearly led the league in int’s. I haven’t seen a rookie back up QB perform like Kirk when called upon. But everyone is entitled to their opinion, just like I am now and I totally disagree with you. I understand if I may be biased because I’m a skins fan but Kirk’s overall attitude and performance speaks for itself. Now if he was being rated the number 1 rookie or starting QB then I couldn’t see that, but in terms of a back up QB, the #1 ranking belongs to Kirk. He has earned it for his performance in the past season.

  5. By mr_fubar on Jul 16, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t even pay attention to polo’s post. He has been hating on the Skins for quite a long time now.

  6. By Phil on Jul 13, 2013 | Reply

    Agree he’s not that experienced, but of the other 33 backup QBs would you rather have as the ‘Skins backup? I couldn’t see a single one. Orton comes close, but I’d still rather have Cousins.

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