Quarterback Kirk Cousins on Monday reiterated a stance he's made clear on numerous occasions the past two years: as long as he's in a Washington Redskins uniform, he's happy with – and accepts – any role he's been assigned with the team.
Cousins spoke to the Washington, D.C.-area media by phone Monday to refute an earlier report that he had demanded a trade if he was not named the starting quarterback next season.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was voted Week 3 FedEx Air Player Of The Week after a 427-yard and 3 touchdown performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I just wanted to come out and say that I have loved Washington," Cousins said. "I'm happy here. If I'm the backup for my fourth year in Washington, then so be it. That's God's plan for me and I'm going to roll with it. I don't demand anything."
Cousins – who just finished his third season with the Redskins – took over the starting quarterback job Week 3 after Robert Griffin III went down with a dislocated left ankle the previous game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In relief of Griffin III against the Jaguars, Cousins completed 22-of-33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in Washington's 41-10 victory. The next week, the Michigan State product completed 30-of-48 passes for427 yards and three touchdowns in a three-point loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia.
In all, Cousins played in six games in 2014 – starting five – and completed 126-of-204 passes (61.8 percent) for 1,710 yards with 10 touchdowns to go with nine interceptions.
Cousins said as he enters the final year of his rookie contract with the Redskins, he's solely "focused on getting better."
"We all know I have a long ways to go, I have a lot of work to do," he said. "I had two awful quarters this year and threw nine interceptions, which is way too many and I got plenty to work on to get better and that's the message that I want out."
Cousins said he's also "excited to get back to work" in 2015 to continue to grow under Jay Gruden in his second year as the Redskins' head coach.
"I do think that with another offseason in Jay's system, with more time to develop and talk about the system and improve and get practice reps that I can really take another step forward," Cousins said. "But that step forward needs to happen and if it does, I do like where I'm headed."