Is Cousins bait or something more?

Evaluating the former backup's skills, market value and shot at starting in 2014

Updated: December 20, 2013, 12:29 PM ET
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider

Griffin/CousinsAP Photo/John BazemoreCould Kirk Cousins be in the running for the Redskins' starting job next season?

It's been a chaotic past few weeks in Washington, where we've seen the Redskins devolve from a team with a clear franchise quarterback with high-ceiling potential into a cloud of questions and uncertainty. Now, with Kirk Cousins getting his turn under center to end the season, we're getting a glimpse of another promising quarterback prospect, one who I believe has all the tools to succeed as a starter in the National Football League.

Of course, if you have two starters, you don't have one, and any situation like this should invite questions. I have some of my own. First and foremost, what has Cousins shown us so far? Second, if I were to slot him into my QB Big Board, where would he fall? And finally, if Cousins does string together three big weeks to end 2013, should the Redskins consider an open competition at quarterback to open camp in 2014 rather than trading him as most (including Mike Shanahan) have speculated?

Could Cousins really be a legitimate threat to Robert Griffin III?

I dug into the film on Cousins this week looking for answers. Here's what I saw.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.