Will Kirk Cousins regress in 2017?
The Washington Redskins elected to slap the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins for the second straight year, and they won’t do so again a year from now.
That means Cousins is, essentially, in a contract year proving to any suitors he’s worth a long-term, lucrative deal. Perhaps with Washington.
But there’s a problem. Well, three of them.
First, his former offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, left town to take the Rams’ head coaching gig. Cousins experienced his best success at the NFL level under McVay, and who knows if current OC Matt Cavanaugh will generate anything close to the same results.
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In addition, Cousins will be without two of his best receiving options — Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, who left for the 49ers and Buccaneers, respectively, via free agency.
Count three critical members of Cousins’ stat lines in 2016 gone. How well will he adjust?
It’s possible Cousins is just fine. Maybe his numbers take a bit of a hit, but the on-field efforts remain the same.
Or we could see a serious regression, harming his chances to land that huge contract this offseason.