Kirk Cousins is about to embark on a three-game audition.
Making the most of his surprise opportunity won't give him permanent residence atop the Washington Redskins' depth chart. It could, however, set him up for a starting job elsewhere in 2014.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan strongly hinted at the organization's intentions Friday, telling reporters (via ESPN Radio) that "maybe we can bring a first-round pick (back)" if Cousins shines in Washington's final three games.
Cousins has flashed some of his potential in limited action, including 329 yards passing on 26 of 37 attempts for two touchdowns and an interception in his one career start, which came in Week 15 last season on the road in Cleveland. The key is can Cousins limit the interceptions as he has five to four touchdowns in his career. Cousins has a very favorable matchup this week against the Falcons making him worth considering as a discounted option in DFS play this week.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Miguel Castro will open the season in the majors.
Castro flew under the radar in the minors last season, but is making the rare jump from A-Ball to the majors. This is thanks to his (likely) temporary move to the bullpen for the Spring, which enabled his stuff to tick up a bit in shorter outings. He's likely next in line to receive saves should Brett Cecil fail, and the 20-year old is worth keeping an eye on. Analysis: Ben Diamond