Although Mike Shanahan firmly revealed with a great amount of confidence that Robert Griffin III will be the Redskins starting quarterback for the 2012 season, Kirk Cousins, a late round draft pick from Michigan State University was impressive in his preseason NFL debut.
Cousins went 18 for 23, threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns in his second half rally against the Chicago Bears Saturday, August 18th. Although Cousins’ appearance was exciting, he knows the starting job belongs to RGIII.
“This is Robert’s team,” Cousins told the Associated Press. “This is Robert’s opportunity. The coaches have made that very clear, and it’s my job to do the best I can in my situation and with my opportunities, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
After trailing by twenty in the third quarter, Cousins ignited a spark in his teammates and nearly led them to a comeback victory.
“We’re all fighting for recognition,” Cousins said to the A.P. “When we’re playing in the second half, we have a lot to play for, regardless of the score.”
Cousins signed a general four year, rookie contract with the Redskins. Regardless of his contract, he has a “long term view in mind” and expects to improve day by day to earn the opportunity he’s hoping for.
One can make the assessment that Cousins’ was not playing against the Bear’s starters in his inspirational comeback against Chicago. However, his future remains bright as other coaches will recognize his talent and determination, despite the fact that he will most likely only reside under center in the preseason.