Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has lasik surgery to improve his game

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

If Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is traded this offseason, he will have a better view of the opposition.

Cousins, who recently said he was open to a trade, underwent lasik surgery earlier this week, according to He previously wore contact lenses, but hopes the procedure will help improve his vision to 20-15.

"If it gets to 20-15, then there’s an obvious improvement," Cousins told "In this league the difference between Pro Bowl and getting cut is that small. For me in shotgun, when I go through the cadence my eyes are on the defense but as I’m closer to saying hut my eyes have to stay on the ball To have my eye on the ball coming at me, I still have to feel a blitz from the left or right to know if you need to throw a hot or if the corner is blitzing off the edge. There’s a lot to process and you have to feel the pass rush.

"The more you can see out of the corner of your eye – blitzes, pass protection, open receivers – all of it is effective. When you have strong peripheral vision you can take in a lot of information at once."

If Cousins is not traded, he will have a perfect view to witness Robert Griffin III’s attempt to get along with recently hired coach Jay Gruden this season. At worst, Cousins may have an advantage if Griffin sustains another again and he is asked to lead the Redskins.

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