Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is coming off two consecutive stellar seasons. It’s one of the primary reasons that he wants to be paid like an elite-level quarterback. Good for Cousins.
But throws like the one he made in the second quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals don’t really help Cousins in his negotiations with the Redskins.
Here, you will see Cousins throw late and to the outside. That’s simply not going to work in the NFL. And Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict made sure Cousins paid for the mistake.
— NFL (@NFL) August 27, 2017
To make matters even worse, Burfict stiff-armed Cousins at the end of the 62-yard interception return for a touchdown.
We know very well that Burfict is among the most-talented linebackers in the NFL. He’s just been an enigmatic figure due to multiple on-field altercations. But this was an elite-level play by a linebacker that could challenge for Defensive Player of the Year honors at some point.
On the other hand, this pass by Cousins leaves a lot to be desired. It was a rookie-level throw by someone who wants to be the highest-paid player in the NFL. Preseason or not, that’s definitely a bad sign.