RICHMOND—Kirk Cousins’ progress over the past 12 months, particularly his grasp of the Redskins’ offense and the ease with which he reads defenses, has Coach Mike Shanahan heaping praise on the second year quarterback.
“I like what I see,” Shanahan said Saturday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, where practice was rained out. “I like what I see in practice. It’s carried over to the games. He’s got a good feel of what we’re doing offensively. He’s got a good command of the offense.”
Shanahan’s comments came two days after Cousins completed 6 of 7 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins 22-21 victory over the Titans in Nashville. During his two series in the game, Cousins targeted six different receivers and connected with five of them.
“I thought he did an excellent job in the game going through his progressions,” Shanahan said. “He only played 13 snaps but he took advantage of every opportunity.”
With Robert Griffin III still rehabbing his reconstructed right knee, Cousins is expected to start the exhibition contests against the Steelers and Bills, as well. Cousins also figures to play more in those contests than the 13 snaps he took in Nashville.
Shanahan reiterated that RG3’s injury has afforded Cousins a unique opportunity that many young backups do not get.
“There’s a lot of times when you’re a second-team quarterback, you don’t get the reps in preseason like you want,” Shanahan said. “He’s going to get those reps, so it’s a big plus for him in his development.”