Could Lasik surgery help Kirk Cousins?

February, 13, 2014
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Kirk Cousins isn’t averse to contact, but he was tired of playing with contacts. So he opted for Lasik surgery on his eyes -- and now he wonders what impact that will have on his game.

Cousins underwent the procedure Tuesday and said there’s a chance his vision will improve to 20-15.

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In some ways the procedure provides a peace of mind. Cousins, like anyone who wears contacts, must carry a reserve pair. Having to replace a contact during a game can be an annoyance.

But Cousins hopes it leads to other possible improvements, whether in his peripheral vision or his vision overall.

“If it gets to 20-15, then there’s an obvious improvement,” Cousins said. “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.”

And, in case you missed it (and I'm not sure how you could), here is my story from Wednesday in which Cousins explains the trade talk.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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