Award-winning improvement from Kirk Cousins

Washington QB Kirk Cousins and Carolina CB Josh Norman shared honors as the league's Most Improved Players for 2015.

Kirk Cousins didn't just exceed expectations, but did so substantially. The Professional Football Writers of America recognized the growth and named the Washington Redskins quarterback a co-winner for the Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Cousins shared the honor with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman, marking the first tie since the award was initiated in 2000. He also becomes the first member of the Redskins to receive the Most Improved Player of the Year.

Certainly hard arguing against either player. We know the details on Cousins' rise from backup to Week 1 starter to breaking several fanchise records to leading Washington to the NFC East title. Here are the highlights as chosen by the PFWA:

Cousins was not the Week 1 starter in 2014, but moved into the starting role for the next five games, throwing for 1,710 yards, 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions before Washington decided to make a change at quarterback. He was made the 2015 starter late in training camp, and he set club records in passing attempts (543), completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300-yard passing games (seven) to go with 29 passing touchdowns. He ranked first in the NFL in completion percentage (69.8%) and was third in the NFL in rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (five). He was selected as the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for December, and he was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Weeks 7 and 10.

Norman turned into one of the elite corners in the NFL and main reason along with quarterback Cam Newton why the Panthers are hosting Sunday's NFC Championship game. 

Speaking of improving, it sounds like Cousins is ready to take his car game up a notch assuming we still have a functioningg society with roads following this oncoming snow storm. We know there's a sizeable free agent contract coming his way.

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