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Even if no deal today, Ian Rapoport sees Cousins as Redskins QB in 2019

Even if no deal today, Ian Rapoport sees Cousins as Redskins QB in 2019

If Ian Rapoport had to bet on who will be the Redskins QB in 2019, he's putting his money on Kirk Cousins.

"I do think it will be Kirk Cousins," Rapoport said. "Obviously, no deal's gonna happen today, barring something crazy. I don't even know what would get it done today, honestly."

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If it can't get done Monday, the NFL Insider told the Sports Junkies that he does feel a deal could get done in 2018.

"There is going to be plenty of time to get this deal done. If he goes out and has a great, great year, then his leverage is astronomical. If he goes out and has an OK year, or maybe plays well and the team doesn't make the playoffs, something like that, there is a number that would make sense. Maybe Cousins has great feelings about the organization, loves it, wants to stay, and maybe it's 27, 28 million a year and he says you know what, I'm just gonna stay."

Rapoport also brought up a question that has been a big topic of discussion during the offseason. How much is Cousins actually worth? Many feel that Cousins wants to explore his potential value in the NFL. Who could blame him? Athletes in today's world are getting paid major bucks.

No matter his worth, Rapoport sees testing the open market as beneficial for all involved.

"We are going to find out his real value on the open market and I think there is a lot to be said for both sides to see what someone else will pay him. I think that will help give some clarity, who has leverage, who doesn't, what this is going to end up at if there are some other bidders. I think that probably is something that would really benefit everyone in this situation."

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Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 19, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 13
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 24
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 40

Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

—Before the game, I confidently told someone on Twitter that Ryan Grant would get about as many targets (6) against the Rams as he did against the Eagles. But as it turned out, Grant was targeted just twice. The second time was on the game-winning touchdown in the last two minutes. A big difference between this week and last was that Kirk Cousins attempted just 27 passes against LA compared to 40 vs. the Eagles. That led to fewer opportunities for receivers and Grant was one of those who saw his chances drop the most.

—Cousins started well and finished strong but he didn’t do much in the middle. It seems that he was rolling along well until he misfired on a fade pattern to Josh Doctson and then on another throw to Chris Thompson. That ended a goal to go opportunity in a situation where a touchdown would have given the Redskins a commanding 17-0 lead. The next time the Redskins had the ball Cousins was sacked on his first passing attempt and he fumbled a snap a little later. In the third quarter and early in the fourth he completed some passes but many of them were for a minimal gain. To his credit, he didn’t panic and force a turnover. And, of course, he came through on the final drive, completing three of three passes for 42yards including the 11-yard game winner to Grant.

—During the week leading up to the game, Jay Gruden emphasized the importance of getting to the quarterback. It didn’t play out as well as I’m sure Gruden would have liked. They got two sacks of Jared Goff, one by Preston Smith and one by Ryan Kerrigan, both in the Rams’ possession late in the first half. They pressured Goff on other occasions but overall their pass rush possibly was not as good as it was against the Eagles. Then, they at least got to Carson Wentz even though they had issues bringing him down. Too often, Goff had plenty of time to operate and that helped keep the Rams in the game until near the end.

—Chris Thompson has been the Redskins’ offensive MVP so far. He has improved each year and yesterday he was at his peak. What you really had to like on the 61-yard touchdown run on the draw play was his patience. He was almost standing still as he took the handoff from Cousins as he carried out the pass-blocking fake and chose his path for when he got the ball. He said that the play was designed for him to go one way but his read took him someplace else. It took him to the end zone for the second time that game.

—One surprise early in the game was that Montae Nicholson started at strong safety in place of DeShazor Everett. Nicholson made no glaring errors before he left the game with an AC joint sprain. The depth chart here apparently is set after the team announced that Su'a Cravens, the starter until he left the team to contemplate retirement, will not return this season. 

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NFL Power Rankings: Serious contenders already starting to emerge

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NFL Power Rankings: Serious contenders already starting to emerge

The NFL season is already one-eighth of the way done. That's a bit sad, isn't it?

Playing two games in professional football is roughly equivalent to playing 10 in the NBA or 20 in MLB. That means two things: 1) The season flies by, and 2) Contenders begin proving themselves early.

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This year is no exception. So far, those trending toward the top of CSN's rankings have looked dominant, and figure to be in the hunt all season long. Those at the bottom, meanwhile? Hey, it's never too early to start doing some draft prep.

Wondering where your team is (and how far Dallas fell, because that's something everyone enjoys)? Check out the link above or below.

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