BALTIMORE - The Redskins have no quarterback controversy. Robert Griffin III is the team's starting QB, and head coach Jay Gruden reiterated his support of Griffin despite poor play against the Baltimore Ravens. But that doesn't mean Kirk Cousins' play hasn't warranted more discussion on the topic.
Against Baltimore, Cousins completed 14 of 20 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns while RG3 completed just 5 passes of 8 attempts for 20 yards and an interception. All of Cousins work came against the Ravens backups, while RG3 faced the Ravens starting defense. The Ravens sacked Griffin three times, while Cousins faced much less pressure from the Ravens second string.
"It's hard to compare because there are so many variables that change," Cousins said after the game.
Again, Cousins did his work against many Baltimore cornerbacks with little chance to make the team, but he does look good in Gruden's offense. He also knows, barring injury, he will open the season as the backup to RG3.
"What anybody wants is a chance to compete," Cousins said.
A starting opportunity may eventually arise for Cousins, although it's unlikely to be in Washington. The third-year QB out of Michigan State seems aware of that.
"Every day I'm trying to go out there to show coaches and the rest of the league what I can do."
Of his play against Baltimore, Cousins was encouraged.
"I'm getting there," Cousins said. "I think I'm close, that's exciting."
Close to what? Being a starter with Washington? Probably not. Being a starter in the NFL? Time will tell.