With training camp just 11 days away, we’re going to start looking at previews for each position. Today we’re previewing the Redskins’ quarterbacks.
Obviously, all of the spotlight falls on Robert Griffin III, better known as RG3. He had arguably the greatest rookie season a quarterback has ever had in 2012, but then he had a sophomore slump, mainly due to recovery from injury, in 2013, a season that wasn’t quite as bad as people make it out to seem.
This year, Redskins fans and coaches simply want to see RG3 return to his 2012 form. They want to see the dynamic playmaking ability, with both his legs and his feet, that he’s known for. Still, he needs to continue working on his slides, avoiding unnecessary hits when he runs and developing a quicker release, which stems from making quicker decisions in the pocket. In order to do that, he needs to see defenses better so that he’ll be able to quickly diagnose what they’re throwing at him. He also needs to work on throwing more checkdowns. If he does these things, which I say he will, then he’ll rediscover his former glory and the fickle fans will be back on his bandwagon.
Kirk Cousin is the backup, and, hopefully, we won’t see too much from him. He just needs to play consistent and show improvement in the preseason. If he does see live action during the regular season, hopefully it will end up increasing his trade value.
Colt McCoy is a very good third string quarterback to have. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not Jay Gruden decides to keep three quarterbacks on the roster; he went with two in Cincinnati. A possible, although unlikely scenario, is that the Skins trade Cousins before the season and McCoy stays on as the backup.
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