Kirk Cousins’ keys to his successful Sunday relief appearance for Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins proved again Sunday why he is one of the NFL’s best backup quarterbacks.

Cousins, called in on a pinch to fill in for injured starter Robert Griffin III – who suffered a dislocated ankle, according to reports – threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Washington Redskins to a 41-10 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“The first thing [I thought was] where’s my helmet, where’s the football, and I gotta get warmed up quickly,” Cousins explained to Steve Torre and Bill Lekas on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “My heart starts beating a lot faster than it was right before the previous play; you gotta find a way to relax and calm down and execute. So you try to quiet your thoughts and just focus on your progression.”

Cousins credited the game plan and coaching staff for his seamless transition into game action in Week 2.

“I’m certainly getting there, and I’ll get more and more comfortable as we go, but credit the coaching staff for great play calling to give me a chance to get in the flow of the game and have some success early,” Cousins said. “And the guys around me, doing their job to make it much easier in a tough situation. So all around, just a good team win, and our defense stepped up and kept giving us the ball back.”

One player that benefited from Cousins’ big game was tight end Niles Paul, who caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in filling in for an injured starter (Jordan Reed). Cousins talked about Paul’s contribution.

“I just went where my reads took me today,” Cousins said, “and several times, Niles Paul ended up being the open guy. He did a great job of securing the football, getting yards after the catch, and being a play maker for us. It’s fun when you can distribute the ball to several guys and get them all involved, and have them all making a difference for this offense.”

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