RICHMOND—Last year, Redskins coach Jay Gruden drew some criticism for not playing starting quarterback Kirk Cousins in the second preseason game. He will not be getting any flak for doing that this year.
Gruden said today that keeping Cousins out of this Saturday’s preseason game against the Packers, the team’s second of the year, was not something that he is considering.
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Last year Cousins played for one series in the first preseason game and did not lead the team to a score. He was a surprise healthy scratch just before their second preseason game against the Jets. That move drew plenty of criticism from fans and the media saying that Cousins, going into his second year as a starter, needed the work. Although there wasn’t necessarily cause and effect at play, Cousins did start off the season slowly, throwing one touchdown pass and three interceptions in the first two games as the Redskins got off to an 0-2 start.
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We don’t know how Cousins will start off this season but it if things go awry nobody will be pointing the finger at a lack of action in the season practice game.