Cousins feels ‘added urgency to be ready to go’

Kirk Cousins (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Kirk Cousins (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Kirk Cousins, at least for now, is the starter at quarterback for the Redskins. He is penciled in to line up with the first-team offense during offseason practices while Robert Grifffin III recovers from his knee surgery.

Whether Cousins remains the starter at the outset of the 2013 season depends on Griffin’s recuperative powers. Cousins said Monday he is unbothered by the unusual set of circumstances.

“I think the approach doesn’t change a whole lot in terms of the time I’m putting in or the tape I’m studying,” he said at the charity golf tournament hosted by teammate Brian Orakpo. “Where it changes is that sense of urgency. You feel that added excitement or added urgency to be ready to go. We don’t know what it’s going to look like. He may be ready by mid-August. He may be ready mid-September, mid-October. I don’t know. That’s not my job. My job is to get myself ready and when called upon, deliver. And I’m going to do all I can between now and then to do that.”

Cousins helped the Redskins to a key victory last season in Cleveland while starting in place of the injured Griffin. So the Redskins are confident they can count on him if needed.

“I have the long view in mind. I hope and I’m going to make this career. Not a two-year career but a 10- or 12-year career, hopefully even longer,” Cousins said. “So with the long view in mind, I do believe that as long as I keep doing my job, answer the call when I get thrown in there, I’ll be ready to go and be able to play this game a long time. So I’m not in a hurry to be out there playing. I do believe I’m going to get my opportunities. I understand I have plenty still to work on. I see a lot of blessings in my situation right now in Washington D.C. That’s why I’m so excited to be part of the Redskins.”

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