Robert Griffin III looks ‘awesome’ and should be ready Week 1, backup Kirk Cousins says

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We won't really know about Robert Griffin III's availability for the Washington Redskins season opener against Philadelphia for a while, until deep into August at very least.

But that won't stop us from dissecting every sign and bit of information until that season opener on Sept. 9, considering Griffin quickly became one of the most exciting and marketable players in the NFL.

The latest hint about Griffin's recovery came from the person who has the most to gain – outside of opposing defensive coordinators – if Griffin isn't ready to start the season. Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has gotten to work with the starters while Griffin recovers from a torn ACL, didn't sound like a man who is figuring on starting against the Eagles.

"Robert looked awesome and I'm not just saying that," Cousins told NFL Network. "Obviously, he is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, but he's healed very quickly. He couldn't practice with us but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring, during our OTAs and minicamp, and he looked really good. I think he'll be ready to go come Week 1, but my mindset is to be ready to go no matter what."

Cousins' evaluation doesn't mean a whole lot, but it's worth keeping in mind that he probably spends more time with Griffin at the Redskins facilities than any other player. And his role obviously changes dramatically based on whether Griffin is ready to play or not.

So we'll chalk this up to yet another piece of evidence that Griffin is making an unbelievable recovery, and might pull off yet another incredible feat by being back for the start of the season.

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