Rookie superstar RG3 was forced to leave the Redskins game against the Falcons after Sean Weatherspoon landed a vicious hit on Griffin early in the third quarter. Griffin stayed down for a few seconds and then received stitches on his upper lip before he left to go to the locker room.
NFL on Fox sideline report Jennifer Hale tweeted the following after Griffin's injury:
This is terrible news for Washington if RG3 is forced to miss a game, but it will be a great opportunity for RG3's fellow rookie teammate, Cousins.
The Redskins selected Cousins in the fourth round of the draft, despite picking Griffin just three rounds prior. The move was questioned by many, but as of now, it looks like it will pay off.
The former Michigan State Spartan is a steady presence in the backfield. He didn't make silly mistakes in college, and he won't make any in the pros either. He's just a leader on the football field, and the Redskins will greatly benefit from his presence.
It doesn't hurt that he can play a little too.
Cousins excelled in a slow attack in college, but during the preseason, he showed that he could perform at the NFL level as well. In the Redskins' second preseason game against the Bears, Cousins managed to even outshine RG3, passing for 263 yards and three touchdowns. That was his best statistical performance of the preseason.
Each time he stepped onto the field he displayed a steady poise that is rare in rookie signal-callers. It's that kind of attribute that will serve him well if Griffin is out for an extended period of time and he is thrust into the starting role.
He may not be the electric presence that Griffin is, but in his own way, Kirk Cousins will lead the Redskins just as well.