From the very first day the Redskins convened for their offseason workouts, the team knew they had something special brewing within their corps of wide receivers and tight ends.
Over the course of the regular season, the team's constant belief that something special could and would happen on a weekly basis has come to fruition, as Washington's offense has found itself being one of the most lethal groups in the NFL, led by quarterback Trent Williams, who was just named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November.
The NFL's second-rated passing attack has caught the attention of Pro Football Focus' Michael Renner, who rated Washington's wide receiver/tight end group third in the league in his latest rankings.
This is what Renner had to say about the Redskins' wide receivers and tight ends:
"Yet another team that can throw four above-average options on the field at once," Renner said. "The Redskins may not have a sure-fire No. 1 receiver, but each has their own niche they excel within. What's most surprising about this unit is the resurgence of Vernon Davis. The maligned tight end has only 174 passing snaps on the season, but is second behind only Rob Gronkowski in yards per route run (2.57)."
What's helped Washington's offense fly into orbit is the speed at which Cousins has picked up the intricacies of the offensive system and put his own stamp on things, says head coach Jay Gruden.
"I just think his [Cousins] command over the offense – his ability to call plays and get to the line [and] use the snap count," Gruden said. "He's going to continue to get better. I'm excited about his progress, but the biggest progress that I think he's made is his comfort level, his leadership and his ability to distribute the ball properly."