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Cousins Gets Bye Week to Be With Newborn Son

The Washington Redskins’ Week 5 bye couldn’t have come at a more convenient
time for quarterback Kirk Cousins.Kirk and his wife, Julie, welcomed their first child into the World last Friday night, and the couple will have the opportunity to utilize the bye week and settle in with their newborn son, Cooper.

“It’s worked well,” Cousins told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier
on Tuesday. “I’ve always come back from the bye week and played really, really,
really well, so I wanted to do that again this year, but being that our baby came
basically right before the bye week, we’re going to stay put right here and just be at
our townhouse in Ashburn. No beach, but I’ll still be reading and relaxing and
probably watching some playoff baseball. Just kind of trying to spend time with my
family and just kind of check out a little bit.

Bye Week 2017 #paternityleave

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“It’s a really good time for us. I’ve found that really what works out best for me, to be
able to come back and be at my best for those 12 weeks is to really just unplug and
unwind and get away from it. Then when we get back next week, Monday, be ready
to go, and be refreshed and have everything you need for the next three months.”
On Tuesday, Cousins shared a photo on Instagram with his son sleeping on his
shoulder and the family dog, Bently, sleeping on his lap. The caption read ‘Bye Week
2017 #paternityleave’.

Paulsen and Rouhier pressed Cousins, wondering why he and his wife chose the
name Cooper.

“We went with Cooper, I kind of liked the alliteration,” Cousins explained. “What we
always said about the name thing is I didn’t want my son to have a name when he
walks into his first grade class and there’s five other kids with the same name. And
then I didn’t want him to have a name that was so uncommon that nobody knew
how to spell it or pronounce it. I figured we’d go with Cooper and it would be just
uncommon enough, but also normal enough that he wouldn’t be weird. We thought
that would work out all right and hopefully he likes it as he gets older.”
While Cousins won’t participate in his typical bye week, the quarterback has
impressed coming out of the off-week in his career. Last season Cousins completed
67 percent of his passes and tossed two touchdowns while leading Washington to a
26-20 win over Minnesota. The previous year, Cousins threw for 217 yards and a
touchdown, although the Redskins fell short to New England.

After Cousins’ week off with his newborn, Washington hosts the San Francisco 49ers
on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Written by: Ben Faunce