Washington Redskins Jay Gruden discussed several interesting topics with local reporters during a conference call Tuesday afternoon. Here are the highlights starting with the most interesting.
* The coach was asked if he still views quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was erratic in the season-opening loss, as a developing quarterback. "Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Yeah," Gruden stated. "He's still a young quarterback to me. We feel he's made great strides, but he will have bumps along the way. How he responds to those downs will make or break him as a quarterback."
Gruden also cited the limited number of career starts for Cousins, who entered the league in 2012.
Concern: Cousins, who set several franchise records last season, now has 26 career starts on his resume. That's not even two full seasons worth so Gruden has a point, though Cousins also received snaps in relief during other games. More to the point, this is season five. Players can and should improve, whether they're rookie Carson Wentz or Cousins, 27, or Tom Brady. However, no matter the QB, suggesting anyone is not a fully-developed player at this point in their career is notable. At the very least, it perhaps brings circles back to why the Redskins passed on giving Cousins a long-term during the offseason.
* Glad Gruden copped to this regret because it sure had me scratching my head in the press box last night especially after he went for a 4-and-6 from a comparable spot on the field in the second quarter.
* Other highlights
Gruden said Jenkins is arriving in Ashburn Tuesday evening.
Gruden said he'll take a look at the snap counts this week. Perhaps Cousins dragged out the count in spots. Either way, Gruden made no excuse and said they must clean this up.
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