Kirk Cousins is looking at yet another season where he is going to have to prove his worth in order for the Washington Redskins to decide they want to make him a part of their long-term plans.
Bleacher Report has done a stat projection on the quarterback for the 2017 season, where he has new weapons to break in as the team tries to win the NFC East and get back into the postseason.
Here is what they project, along with a brief explanation:
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins: 65.8 completion percentage, 4,872 yards, 29 TDs, 14 INTs
By placing the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins in 2016, the Redskins asked their quarterback to prove himself. He did that, and he did it loudly while averaging 307.3 passing yards per game. Cousins still had some shakiness in the early going, however, as he threw six interceptions over the Redskins’ first six games.
There’s new talent around him now, with wide receivers Josh Doctson (who had injury issues during his rookie campaign) and Terrelle Pryor Sr. replacing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, who both departed during free agency. The task ahead for Cousins, then, is to develop a connection with his new targets quickly while making sure the high-powered offense doesn’t sputter.
He has his work cut out for him, but he should still be expected to put up similar numbers to what he has. The question is if that will help lead the Redskins to where they want to be.