Second-year Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is refining his grasp of the team's offense during OTAs, working on zone-read plays and operating out of the pistol formation. It's not a system he has a lot of familiarity with -- he didn't run it at Michigan State -- but he seems to be relishing the opportunity he has in Washington, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.
Cousins' ability to run the offense is critical because Robert Griffin III, who suffered a major knee injury during the playoffs, may not be healthy enough to start the regular season. Even if Griffin is ready to go, Cousins needs to be ready to step in at any time -- he replaced an injured Griffin on more than one occasion in 2012, and those scenarios could repeat themselves in the future.
Cousins made one start as a rookie, leading the Redskins to a Week 15 victory over the Browns. He threw for 329 yards and two scores in that contest, earning NFL Rookie of the Week honors.