Aug 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) warms up prior to the game agains the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Shanahan pleased with Kirk Cousins' progress

Just because Robert Griffin III is the star in Washington doesn’t mean back-up quarterback Kirk Cousins can take it easy. Cousins played well when RGIII was hurt last season, and when you have a quarterback known for his outside-the-pocket scrambling abilities, having a strong back-up is critical.

Cousins went 6-of-7 during Washington’s preseason game on Thursday, throwing for 52 yards and a touchdown. Head coach Mike Shanahan spoke about the progress he’s seen Cousins make this off-season:

I like what I see. I like what I see in practice. It’s carried over to the games. He’s got a good feel of what we’re doing offensively. He’s got a good command of the offense. I thought he did an excellent job in the game going through his progressions. He only played 13 snaps. But he took advantage of every opportunity. And there’s a lot of times when you’re a second-team quarterback, you don’t get the reps in preseason like you want. He’s going to get those reps. So it’s a big plus for him in his development. (The Washington Post)

Washington will play in three more preseason games before opening the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9th.

[Source: The Washington Post]

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