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Mike Mayock in 2016: 'I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future'

Mike Mayock in 2016: 'I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future'

A widely respected talent evaluator, NFL Network's Mike Mayock offered a strong receomendation of Kirk Cousins in 2016. Suddenly, that's a lot more interesting. 

"I do believe Kirk Cousins is the quarterback of the Redskins for the future and I think a lot of that is philosophically, he aligns perfectly with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So yeah I do believe he’s the guy."

Mayock's comments came on a conference call with reporters prior to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. At that time, remember, there was some question if Cousins could repeat his stellar 2015 performance. Eventually, those questions led Cousins to play the 2016 season on the franchise tag, as he and the Redskins were unable to get a long-term deal done. 

A year later, Cousins is again signed to a franchise tag, this time for $24 million and questions remain if the team and the quarterback can get a multi-year deal done. Cousins more than proved himself in 2016, throwing for nearly 5,000 yards and almost getting the Redskins in the playoffs for a second straight season. 

Mayock's comments come under brighter lights now as reports of his candidacy for the Redskins vacant general manager job circulate.

Should Mayock get the job, it's important to know he believes in the Redskins passer. Perhaps that could help in getting a long-term deal done. Perhaps.

More Mayock on Cousins:

"I think the result is that we only have 10 or 12 franchise quarterbacks. We don’t take the time to develop them. So this kid got some time and then he got a head coach that believed in him, Jay Gruden, and what he does well matches up with what Jay Gruden wants to do. So I think it was the confluence of a smart, tough kid, along with a coach that believed in him and an offense that fits him and he’s taken advantage of it."

(h/t Redskins.com)

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Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp

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Josh Norman once again brings his soccer skills to training camp

The Redskins reported to Richmond, Va. on Wednesday to begin 2017 training camp.

While walkthroughs and practices don't begin until Thursday, the team had closed conditioning on Wednesday, followed by an introductory press conference from Jay Gruden.

After the press conference ended, the players weren't exactly itching to get back to their accommodations.

Josh Norman and Will Blackmon stayed behind to partake in one of Josh Norman's favorite non-football activities: Futbol.

With Josh Norman back on the field, the soccer ball is not far behind.

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Norman, as you may remember, is a huge soccer fan, and is close friends with French international star Paul Pogba.

Perhaps Pogba will make a stop in Richmond while his Manchester United side is in America on their summer tour. Not that Norman needs much help, though. 

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Full Redskins PUP list not announced but rookie CB Moreau won't be on it

Full Redskins PUP list not announced but rookie CB Moreau won't be on it

RICHMOND—In his press conference to start training camp, Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed two players who will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but he was not ready to announce the full list.

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Earlier it was reported that safety DeAngelo Hall and outside linebacker Houston Bates would begin camp on PUP. Both suffered from torn ACLs last season.

Gruden said that there will be “probably a couple more” players on the list when it is announced before practice starts on Thursday.

There was some good injury news. Gruden said that third-round pick CB Fabian Moreau, who did not participate in the offseason program after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the draft, will start camp on the active list.

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“I think he’ll be limited,” said Gruden. “He can do some individual stuff and walkthroughs . . . He’ll be limited as far as contact.”

This is good news for Moreau. If he was deemed unable to participate he would fall further behind and his prospects for being able to contribute when the season starts would be dim.

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