Kirk Cousins pleasantly surprised with preseason debut

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Kirk Cousins was a little worried going into his first preseason game with the Washington Redskins. This wasn’t the pressure of a regular-season game, but it was his first chance to see life NFL action.

“That was a concern of mine was how second nature is this offense going to be in my first game?” Cousins said Thursday. “I was pleasantly surprised during the Bills game how comfortable I was hearing the play in the headset, communicating it to the offense and knowing exactly what every guy was doing.”

Cousins was 9-for-22 with an interception against Buffalo, but he called that stat line a little “misleading.”

“I think there were a lot of things I did well. I think that the statistics wouldn’t reflect having a great game – the completion percentage is below 50 percent, I threw an interception, no touchdowns,” he said. “But when you break it down play by play I think there were a lot of things that gave me confidence: making quick decisions, being accurate, moving the chains, things that I want to keep doing.”

Cousins said practice is taking on a different feel as the Redskins get closer to the regular season as he starts to work as a scout team quarterback. While coach Mike Shanahan wouldn’t reveal the order of his QB rotation for Saturday’s game at the Chicago Bears after starter Robert Griffin III, Cousins thinks he won’t get in until the second half.

His focus against the Bears is that he wants to put some points on the board and not turn the ball over. Conceding it takes a game or two to tighten up his all-around game, Cousins hopes to draw something from the Buffalo game.

“I think more than anything the fact that I was able to go out there and move the ball, complete some passes, move the chains, gives you confidence that maybe you do belong and maybe you do have an opportunity to succeed in this league,” he said.

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