NFL Network analyst and former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly raised some eyebrows in August when he ranked Kirk Cousins fourth among the NFC East’s projected starting quarterbacks, behind Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Sam Bradford. After Romo’s injury and Bradford’s trade to Minnesota forced rookies Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz into starting roles in Dallas and Philadelphia, respectively, Cousins seemed poised to move up Casserly’s hierarchy of QBs. It hasn’t happened yet.

“After two games, he’s fourth,” Casserly said of Cousins when asked to re-rank the NFC East’s QBs during an interview with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “Wentz in the first two games has outplayed him. Prescott in the first two games has outplayed him. Eli, who I haven’t watched much, I’m sure is outplaying him from the little bit I’ve watched, watching his stats. Eli is better anyway. So yeah, that’s how you go after the start. You can’t rate Wentz and you can’t rate Prescott [long term] because you have two games on ’em. You’ve got an [NFC East] division championship for Cousins, so in the big picture, Cousins has got more going for him, but after two games, he’s fourth.”

Casserly isn’t alone in his assessment of Cousins. Through two weeks, Wentz is Pro Football Focus’s top-graded quarterback among players who have played at least 50 percent of their team’s offensive snaps. Manning is fifth, Prescott is 12th and Cousins is 27th. ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating, which is adjusted for strength of schedule, tells a slightly different story. Manning is ranked fifth, Prescott is ranked 12th, Wentz, who has led the Eagles to victories over the winless Browns and Bears, is ranked 22nd, and Cousins is ranked 24th.

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As Casserly noted, two weeks is too small a sample size to make any sweeping proclamations about the season ahead. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is PFF’s 30th-ranked quarterback through two weeks, which shouldn’t last, while Colin Kaepernick was the sixth-ranked quarterback after Week 2 last season and finished 37th among QBs who took at least 25 percent of their team’s snaps.

When Casserly was asked which quarterback in the division he would choose if he were starting a franchise today, he didn’t hesitate.

“Wentz,” he said. “That would be the first guy I’d start with. I’d have to draw a line after Wentz. I still have to see more of Prescott, though everything has been good.”

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