- The Washington Times - Friday, January 22, 2016

Whether Kirk Cousins will produce performances better than his breakout campaign in 2015 is uncertain, there is no doubting how much the Washington Redskins’ quarterback progressed since being benched in 2014. 

Cousins and Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman shared the Most Improved Player of the Year honors, voted by members of the Professional Football Writers of America.

The Redskins finished with a 9-7 record and won the NFC East in Cousins’ first season as a starter and lost to the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round. Cousins set a franchise record with 4,166 passing yards and 29 touchdowns and led the league with a 69.8 completion percentage. He also rushed for five touchdowns, which ranked third. 

Cousins, who was the first Redskins player to receive the award, was also named the league’s Offensive Player of the Month for December and NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 7 and 10. 

On Tuesday, rookie right guard Brandon Scherff was named to the PFWA all-rookie team. He missed just one snap all season and had a solid season after converting to guard from left tackle, where he played his final two seasons for Iowa. 


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