Smith got a new offensive coordinator in his NFL second season and improved a bit.

“Everybody obviously had to come together, prepare really well so they could perform individually, but all that really matters is the team and that we got the W.”

As for being pressed into action, Awuzie added: “You always gotta stay ready. I knew the possibility [that] if someone goes down, I’m the next starter. So I prepare like a starter.”

With each snap Awuzie finds himself on the field for this season, the Cowboys coaches and fanbase will be able to see the Nigerian-American rookie display his physicality and attention to detail in the secondary, while staking his claim as a future cornerstone for America’s Team.

There is hope for Goff and his abysmal ANY/A ranking, however. The quarterback who finished 48th out of 48 in that ranking, Alex Smith, has become a quality NFL quarterback and a player with whom Goff shares some similarities.

Smith was horrendous as a rookie in San Francisco, finishing with 11 interceptions and 29 sacks, similar to Goff’s rookie year. Smith struggled with the speed of the game, the added responsibilities and the pocket maneuvering he hadn’t done in Urban Meyer’s spread offense in college at Utah.

But it took until his fifth season, with Jim Harbaugh as his head coach, for him to turn into a serviceable NFL quarterback, and he has seen even more growth on his second Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer NFL team in Kansas City.

Goff, like Smith, might just Cheap Jerseys Toronto need his expectations drawn back, a reduction to a true game manager, and additional instillment of confidence in him and his game.

NFL free agency: Kirk Cousins admits he asked Redskins about a trade

On the first day of NFL free agency, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Kirk Cousins asked team owner Dan Snyder about a trade. Appearing on ESPN’s podcast “Know Them From Adam” the quarterback didn’t deny the report, but clarified a few details.

“As Chris Mortensen reported, not sure how it got out, but I did just Cheap Jerseys Toronto inquire to Mr. Snyder and [team president Bruce] Allen if there was any interest in trading me just to try to get an understanding of their perspective,” Cousins said. “And the answer I got back was, you know Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and his desire for me to remain a Redskin and his desire to help me by surrounding the quarterback position with all the players and coaches that you need to succeed. And that’s the kind of message you want to hear from the owner of your team.”

Cousins said all of his interactions with Snyder have been “positive” this offseason despite what appears in the media. The QB says reports can end up being viewed differently by people, and told a story he had about an interaction with someone who saw Mortensen’s tweet.

Kirk Cousins appealed personally to owner Dan Snyder for a trade but was basically told not to get his hopes up, per sources.

Braves (6-12) at Mets (8-11), 7:10 p.m. ET — One of three series-opening games postponed by rain Tuesday, Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 1.73 ERA) will duel in a rematch from opening day. Teheran has posted a 0.63 ERA over his past six starts against the Mets, but New York won the first game of the season, 6-0, as neither ace factored in the decision.