Jay Gruden wants focus on Kirk Cousins' play, not contract


RICHMOND, Va. -- As the Washington Redskins report to training camp, there’s one topic coach Jay Gruden does not want to address with quarterback Kirk Cousins: his contract. There’s plenty of time for others to do so; plenty of time before any sort of deal could be reached, anyway. And there’s plenty of other topics to discuss.http://www.washingtonredskinsjerseyspop.com

Cousins, of course, will play under the franchise tag this season. But that’s not Gruden’s concern.Wholesale Washington Redskins jerseys

“The contract will take care of itself,” Gruden said. “We won’t have any conversations about the contract or future contracts or any of that stuff. All we’ll focus on is this year and him getting better and being the best quarterback he can be. I know that’s his intent also.”

Cousins and the rest of his teammates participated in a conditioning test on Wednesday. They will practice for the first time Thursday.

Cousins is coming off a season in which he threw 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, helping the Redskins win the NFC East.Wholesale nfl jerseys

A primary debate this offseason centered on his worth: Should the Redskins have offered him more before free agency to consummate a deal? Their best offer was worth approximately $16 million a year -- about $4 million shy of what Cousins’ side wanted.Wholesale nfl jerseys

But now the debate will return to his performance. Can he duplicate last year’s success?Cheap nfl jerseys

“He has a year of film that people will study on him,” Gruden said. “He’ll have to study other people and prepare himself no differently, and we’ll coach him no differently. He’s a great player who made great strides last year, and we’re all excited. But he’ll have to continue that progress.”

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