Kirk Cousins (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins say they’re seeing great progress in second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins’s development after he’s gotten his chance to run the starting offense during the offseason and in the early stages of training camp while Robert Griffin III works his way back from knee surgery.

Cousins started and played two series in Thursday night’s preseason opener at Tennessee, completing six of seven passes for 52 yards. His night ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Fred Davis.

“I like what I see,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday in Richmond. “I like what I see in practice. It’s carried over to the games. He’s got a good feel of what we’re doing offensively. He’s got a good command of the offense. I thought he did an excellent job in the game going through his progressions. He only played 13 snaps. But he took advantage of every opportunity. And there’s a lot of times when you’re a second-team quarterback, you don’t get the reps in preseason like you want. He’s going to get those reps. So it’s a big plus for him in his development.”

Griffin’s practice-field activities are likely to be increased soon, but the Redskins already have said they intend to withhold Griffin from the entire preseason. So Cousins is expected to remain the starter for three more exhibition games.

“I’ve been in a constant growing process where I got more comfortable through [organized team activities] and minicamp,” Cousins said after the game in Nashville. “Then I got more comfortable now through the first two weeks of training camp. And I’m sure when I talk to you after the Pittsburgh game [the Redskins’ next preseason game], I’ll be even more comfortable. It’s a constant process. And hopefully year three, four, five — if I get to play that long or beyond — I’ll be even more comfortable.”

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