Saturday, July 29, 2017

Cousins in good frame of mind heading into new season

Kirk Cousins acknowledges fans in Richmond           Moe Murphy/CCS
RICHMOND, Va.- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins blew off any suggestions that there are any hard feeling or doubt between him and the team heading into the upcoming season, as contract negotiations stalled.

"I don't know the misconceptions that were out there but I feel good. I'm ready to go," Cousins said. "I've been feeling good the last several weeks, and I believe we've done a good job communicating between myself and the team. We are all on the same page."

Cousins spoke to the media following the teams first walk through on Thursday on day one of the Redskins 2017 training camp. The sixth year quarterback out of Michigan State fielded questions ranging from his contract situation, driving his famous van, training camp burnout and on the thoughts of his upcoming child due during the season.

Cousins also got a vote of confidence from Head Coach Jay Gruden when asked if the one year contract deal would affect the way quarterback reps would be handled during camp.

Cousins ready to lead this season      Moe Murphy/CCS
"Were focused on Kirk. He's our starter and he's going to get all the starter reps, period," Gruden said. " Colt [McCoy] will take advantage of his reps, I'm sure he will. And Nate [Sudfeld] will get a few sprinkled in there. We're trying to develop Nate also for the future. But, this is Kirk's team right now, and it's our job to get him ready for Philadelphia and really surround him and make him feel good about the people around him."

With the departure of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, along with the arrival of Terrell Pryor, Cousins will be preparing with a mix of returning veterans and new personnel.

Cousins first meeting with Pryor came at a Starbucks last summer as both were traveling to their camps and met outside of Cleveland.

"I watched him in week 4 against the Browns, I was really impressed with what he was able to do," Cousins said. "He had a great year last year, we just want to build on that and hopefully give him an opportunity to have even more success this season."

Kirk Cousins Press Conference can be viewed below:

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