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“Colt has done an outstanding job of doing his role this year. I appreciate him for that,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “There’s a lot of people here that are helping Brandon do his thing.”

Considering that Redskins coaches believe Cousins has helped push Griffin, the Michigan State product has done his job, too, while also showing his talents.

But Griffin and Cousins‘ work is never done.

“We’re sort of learning as we go how to best prepare. The first time around we’re just figuring things out,” Cousins said. “I think the more time we spend together, the more we’ve been able to help each other, the better we get to know one another and the better our relationship is.”