Why Tonight Is So Important For Kirk Cousins And The Redskins

The Redskins play the Steelers tonight on (preseason) Monday Night Football, and Kirk Cousins figures to play the first half, which leads to this sort of thing:

Does Gruden, who has a vested interest in MNF, have incentive to hype the broadcast for ESPN? Yes. Does he have a point? Well, maybe.

Skins fans have hoped for that sort of outcome ever since Mike Shanahan drafted Cousins in the fourth round last year, three rounds after drafting RGIII. But what would Shanahan do now?

I don’t see how Cousins has first-round value right now, and he also has high value for the Redskins at the moment (via RGKnee), so it’s not like a trade is imminent. After this season, though, is another story.

Imagine if RGIII is healthy, and Cousins continues to acquit himself well, then the Skins’ 2012 fourth-rounder, like Matt Schaub, Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn before him, becomes the hot backup QB du jour. Remember, the Eagles did get Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick for Kolb just two years ago.

That’s the best-case scenario, and it means Cousins doesn’t get a chance to shine when it counts. Meaning, tonight is his prime time. If KC looks like he could start somewhere, that means the Redskins win.

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