Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he’s “encouraged” by his performances the past two games, despite the final score.

“I feel like I’ve improved,” he said Tuesday at Redskins Park. “I’ve done some good things. I feel like there’s a lot I can take from it and be encouraged about going into the offseason.”

Indeed, it’s been a mixed bag for Cousins since he took over as the Redskins' starter.

He threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta. Against the Cowboys, though, he completed just 2 of his final seven passes as the Redskins collapsed late.

He's been sacked just once in two games while playing behind the same offensive line as Robert Griffin III, who was sacked 24 times in the five contests before he was benched. But he's also been picked off three times. And he's lost a fumble.

“It’s important to cut down on the turnovers,” Cousins said. “You’re going to turn the ball over here and there--that’s part of playing fast and aggressive. But obviously, you don’t want to have the multi-turnover games and I’m going to cut down on those as I continue [to gain experience].”

Asked about being sacked only once, Cousins praised his linemen and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.