Read moreKirk Cousins will see a familiar face on the opposing sideline when he takes the field at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday for his regular-season debut in Purple.
The Vikings will kick off their 2018 season at noon (CT) when they host the 49ers, who are coached by Kyle Shanahan.
Shanahan, entering his second season as San Francisco’s head coach, served as the Redskins offensive coordinator from 2010-13. Washington drafted Cousins in the fourth round in 2012 after selecting Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick.
“I knew he wasn’t expecting to be there in the fourth. That’s why we kind of fell into him, because we had such a high grade on him,” Shanahan told Twin Cities media members via conference call earlier this week. “I think that was tough on him.”
Shanahan went on to praise Cousins’ work ethic and approach to the situation, however, saying he gave 100 percent even though he wasn’t the starter.
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