What I do know is that Cousins created time and space for himself in the pocket. He did so on a checkdown to Matt Jones in which he felt pressure from the left, coming inside. So he slid left, backpedaled, then dumped over the line to Jones, who turned it into a positive gain. Later, Cousins slid a little to his left because of pressure from his right -- and turned it into an 18-yard pass to Reggie Bell.
Quarterback play. Now that Jay Gruden and the coaching staff have been able to watch the film, we'll get a better feel for what he felt went right and what went wrong in the preseason opener. As I've written, starter Robert Griffin III did some good things, but also had areas that must be corrected. Gruden has been very positive about Griffin since the offseason began; there's been a turnaround in his public approach with him and that's better for the organization. Still, I always like hearing what they have to say after watching the film. That, of course, applies to other positions as well.
John Keim: You left a name off that list, one that is quite important. I think they're trying really hard to see if it can work with Robert Griffin III. They've clearly done all they can in the offseason to restore confidence (he says he never lost any) and make him comfortable. I was a big believer in having an open competition, but also know that would have led to the circus returning to town. Kirk Cousins looked sharp Thursday, albeit vs. backups. Griffin had ups and downs vs. the starters; loved the bootleg and his ability to throw deep off play-action. But I liked the way Cousins handled the pocket most of the time.
TE Jordan Reed—With Niles Paul definitely out for the season and Logan Paulsen possibly out, Reed has to do what he has to do to stay on the field. That means stretching properly and avoiding unnecessary contact. No matter who else the Redskins might sign he needs to be The Man with availability to match his ability.