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Washington's Kirk Cousins: My job is to back up Robert Griffin III


Quarterback Kirk Cousins said his job is to back up Robert Griffin III and that Washington is still Griffin's team, The Washington Times' Todd Dybas reports.

With Griffin expected to miss four to six weeks with a dislocated ankle, Cousins has become the team's starter. Cousins completed 30 of 48 passes for 417 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Cousins reiterated previous comments about Griffin being the franchise quarterback.

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“When I say that this is Robert’s team, I don’t mean that I can’t step in and have an authority and make sure we move the football,” Cousins said Tuesday. “I won’t change my statement that this is Robert’s team. I still stand by that. He was drafted high for a reason. He’s had success here. He’s done a lot of good things. He’s done nothing to have that be any different.

“This is his team and it’s my job as a backup on this team, hopefully when he comes back, give him a team with a good record and put him in a good spot to have success down the stretch. By no means does that say I can’t go in there, as a backup, and hopefully get the job done.”

Washington is 1-2 and hosts the Giants on Thursday night.

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