ASHBURN, Va. (FNN Media) – Kirk Cousins became the first Washington Redskins rookie quarterback to sign a contract this season.
Not surprisingly, the fourth-round pick out of Michigan State beat Robert Griffin III in getting his first NFL deal done on Thursday.
The 23-year-old from Holland, Mich. took the signing in stride, chalking it up to just another step in his very young pro career.
“It was just important for me to get it done as soon as possible and go on with what’s most important which is learning this offense and being ready to play come the preseason,” Cousins said with a wholesome delivery following Thursday’s OTA’s at Redskins Park. “I had never signed a professional contract before, so I guess it’s another step in the process of a long dream of becoming a NFL quarterback.”
But to become a starting NFL quarterback Cousins will have to wait in line. RGIII has been anointed the starting quarterback and face of the franchise.
After giving up first-round picks for the next two seasons in order to acquire him, it would take meltdown of catastrophic proportions from RGIII to bump Cousins to the top of the depth chart.
This isn’t a position with which he’s not altogether unfamiliar, however. As it turns out, Cousins was in a similar role at Michigan State before taking of the reigns.
“As a freshman at Michigan State I wasn’t the big heralded recruit,” he recalled. “I wasn’t the guy getting a lot of reps. I wasn’t the guy everyone was talking about to be the future quarterback. So, it reminds me of my freshman year of college and it’s something I’ve been through before. And I’m certainly drawing on that experience to have a great first rookie year.”
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