Grif­fin, Cousins quite a rookie QB tan­dem

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

ASH­BURN, VA. — Not-so­break­ing news: A rookie will start at quar­ter­back for the Washington Red­skins on Sun­day.

Be it Robert Griffn III or Kirk Cousins, it will be a rookie who’s been a part of a unique sit­u­a­tion, part of a tan­dem that has learned the NFL through an ofisea­son pro­gram and camp spe­cially de­signed by a coach­ing stafi prep­ping two quar­ter­backs new to the league.

All along, the other rookie has been there by his side, at prac­tices and meet­ings. Some­one in the same sit­u­a­tion. Some­one to grow with.

“I see him more than I see most any­body in my life,” Cousins said. “Be­cause of how many hours we’re here, be­cause we’re both rook­ies.”

If two are bet­ter than one, then the Red­skins (7-6) should be in bet­ter shape than most teams turn­ing to a ffirst-year backup should Cousins have to start against Cleve­land (5-8).

“We’ve both had to learn a lot when it comes to liv­ing the NFL life, so we have done that to­gether,” Cousins said. “They’ve had to in­stall plays with both of us there, rather than be­ing by my­self if I was on an­other team with a veteran quar­ter­back. You don’t see it a lot — two rookie quar­ter­backs at one and two on the depth chart.”

The Red­skins traded up to se­lect Griffn at No. 2 over­all and anointed him the starter. Cousins was cho­sen in the fourth round.

Cousins val­i­dated the wis­dom of his se­lec­tion with his per­for­mance af­ter Griffn was in­jured in the over­time win against Baltimore. Cousins went 2 for 2 and ran in the ga­me­ty­ing 2-point con­ver­sion in the ffi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion of the 31-28 vic­tory.

“It worked out like Coach wanted it to,” Griffn said. “You’ve got two guys coming in, so we’re both hav­ing to learn the sys­tem.”

Griffn sprained a lig­a­ment in his right knee in the game and has been lim­ited in prac­tice this week. If he’s not ready to go by Sun­day, the Red­skins like what they have in Cousins.

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