Fans and observers of the Redskins might have been caught off guard by the team’s acquisition of dual-threat quarterback Pat White on Wednesday. But news of White’s signing did not come as a shock to Kirk Cousins, last season’s second-string signal caller.
“That’s not surprising to me,” Cousins said during an interview on ESPN 980. “I felt like with Robert [Griffin III’s] health where it is right now, to be able to have a guy who can do some of the things Robert does athletically would be important.”
Griffin underwent major knee surgery in January, and although he’s said to be ahead of schedule, there’s no precise timetable for his return to the field. OTA’s, meantime, are set to begin six weeks from now.
White, because of his ability to run the Redskins' read-option schemes, will allow the coaching staff to evaluate and “develop” the playbook, Cousins said.
The move is critical “especially in this offseason time when you’re trying to stay sharp and develop your base playbook, and improve your base playbook,” Cousins continued. “While I believe I can, to some degree, run those kinds of plays, the zone read stuff is going to be much better with a Pat White type of athlete in there, who is closer to Robert’s skill set. I think that’s a no-brainer, to have a guy like that [on the roster] for at least OTAs, if not longer.”
Also on Wednesday, the Redskins re-signed third string quarterback Rex Grossman, who would likely backup Cousins if Cousins is pressed into a starting role due to Griffin’s injury.