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Kirk Cousins’ slow start makes Redskins look prudent

The Washington Redskins’ actions this offseason made it clear what they thought of quarterback Kirk Cousins. They needed to see more before they’d fork over large — or larger — amounts of cash.

Two games does not a season make, but through these opening weeks, the Redskins look smart for waiting. That’s not to say Cousins won’t turn it around; he’s struggling, but he played much better last season, so he’s capable of more. After seven games last season, Cousins had thrown only six touchdowns to eight interceptions. He had bad games in there, where he missed open targets or threw costly interceptions. He finished with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. That’s what you call a turnaround.

Cousins was inaccurate in games last season as well — the first Giants game; at Atlanta — though it decreased as the year unfolded. So he’s capable of hitting these open shots; the hope for Washington stems in part from the fact that guys are open. Sunday, the Redskins scored 23 points despite all their problems. A couple better throws and decisions would have easily put them above 30.

Earlier this month, it was unclear when Graham would get on the field. He was coming off a ruptured patellar tendon injury and did not play at all in the preseason.

But now Graham is playing starter-level snaps and could see a bigger role offensively in upcoming weeks, depending on the injuries to wide receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and Tyler Lockett (knee).

He’s still working his way back, but the first couple weeks have been encouraging for Graham, and he looks like he’ll continue to be more involved in the offense as the weeks go on.

Asked if a change at quarterback would ultimately be dictated more by Keenum’s play or Goff’s practices, Fisher said: “It will be based on a lot of different things. When he’s under center, you’ll know.”

McCluster will join a San Diego running backs group that includes Melvin Gordon, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams and fullback Derek Watt.

The Titans released McCluster, 28, before the season in the cut-down to the 53-man roster limit.

He signed a three-year contract with the Titans in 2014 following the best season of his career in 2013, when he was a Pro Bowl selection as a member of the Chiefs.

In 2013, McCluster led the NFL in punt return touchdowns (2), punt returns (58) and punt-return yardage (686).