Royster (22) may have competition next year as Morris' backup. (AP)
In Sunday's nail-biting win over Baltimore, rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins proved that he has the talent to be a viable backup to Robert Griffin III.
Down 28-20, Cousins spelled Griffin when the first-year phenom left the game for good after courageously trying to gut out a knee sprain. Cousins then threw a touchdown pass and calmly scrambled into the end zone for a two-point conversion to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Cousins deserves a tip of the hat, but is he the long-term answer as the Redskins' No. 2 signal caller?
We all know that Rex Grossman is not, but if Griffin is out for a considerable amount of time and the Redskins make the postseason, can Cousins be trusted over a veteran who started a Super Bowl?
I'm guessing Mike Shanahan would roll the dice with Cousins, but he'll be smart to find a veteran to take Grossman's place on the roster next year.
Keep this in mind. Cousins is No. 2, but he could be trade bait for the Redskins, who are without first-round draft picks in 2013 and 2014.
Depth at other positions will also need to be addressed. Linebacker and offensive line are givens, cornerback is way past due and defensive line could use a boost.
A new running back may even be considered if Evan Royster fails to retain his backup role. Can Roy Helu make a triumphant return and add pass-catching to an attack that's spearheaded by rookie star Alfred Morris?
And how about some new playmakers? A healthy Pierre Garcon is tough to stop, but another dominant receiver could make the Redskins much harder to beat next year.
2012 is still in play, but the future is now for the Redskins. They just have to reach out and grasp it.
Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage
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