Washington Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan Poised For Breakout Season

Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan seeks to produce sacks on a consistent basis

He led the Redskins with 8.5 sacks, eight passes defense, as well asreturning his only interception in 2012 for a 28 yard touchdown. These statistics suggest that Kerrigan has the ability to become a game changing force for Washington on defense. Kerrigans stellar http://www.parkwolfpackfootball.com/nfl/ryankerriganjersey.html 2012 season was overshadowed by the exploits of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. He will benefit greatly from the return of right outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who had his 2012 season shortened by a right triceps injury. Its best that Kerrigan continues to shine in relative obscurity. Orakpo was one of Washingtons most consistent defenders, earning 28.5 sacks in his first three seasons in Washington before suffering his injury. Orakpos sack total dictates that opposing offenses must account for his pass rushing prowess, perhaps in the form of double team blocking. This would place Kerrigan in more one on one blocking opportunities on the left side. Redskins fans hope Kerrigan will continue his solid effort in the teams efforts to improve on defense. Maybe Kerrigan can sustain his career momentum and help Redskins fans realize that he is the future of the Washington defense. In the short term, Washington hopes he can continue to progress into a great all around defender.


Through four weeks, Kerrigan was the top-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in the league according to Pro Football Focus’s grades. His scoring play in Week 5 offered some evidence as to why. The Redskins took Kerrigan in the first round of the 2011 draft, so they believed he could be a difference-making player in their defense. He has turned out to be just about perfect. Those who would like the sack totals to be higher miss the point. Kerrigan could launch himself after the quarterback on every play and possibly get more sacks. But what jumps out when you watch him is that he makes good decisions. Sometimes, instead of overpursuing, he’ll hold back and bat down a pass, or wrestle a running back to the ground.

The team has invested a first-round pick in each of them and constructed a defense designed to maximize their ability to get to the opposing quarterback. This means the plan is not simply to have a good pass rush, but a dominant one. Haslett’s scheme calls for Orakpo and Kerrigan to be speedy, relentless predators who harass quarterbacks on every play and roll up the sacks. And 2013 is the year for them to flourish in that scheme. Orakpo, the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft, turns 27 in July, and as of now is heading into the final year of his contract. He could, conceivably, get an extension from the Redskins prior to the start of the season, but that’s no sure thing. Drafted to be a dominant pass-rusher, Orakpo has flashed that ability during his career, averaging 9.5 sacks in his first three seasons before last season was cut short by a Week 2 pectoral muscle injury.

Redskins must bring pass rush back to life

I think hes doing fine. . . . Hes going to draw attention because hes the guy, and hes going to have to overcome some things.

Ryan Kerrigan hangs with the Caps

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London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan both Pro Bowl Bound

London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan Washington Redskins

When watching, it was expected that Alexander would show up on your television screen during a punt or kick-off return. He was knocking returners heads off on a weekly basis. Fletcher deserved to be a Pro Bowler in the first place, in my opinion. He will be official site making an appearance for the fourth straight year, and hes been as consistent as any linebacker in the game of football during his career. He had five interceptions this season, to go along with 139 total tackles. Kerrigan will make his first trip to Hawaii as a member of the Pro Bowl roster. In only his second season, Kerrigan had 8.5 sacks. The most impressive part of Kerrigans season, is the fact that linebacker Brian Orakpo was injured all year as well, which brought more attention to Kerrigan. However, he still managed to have a productive season for the Redskins. The Pro Bowl isnt such a popular game anymore, as players have constantly began to opt out of playing on their own.

Ryan Kerrigan could save Redskins’ defense

Photo via the Caps. While the Capitals were busy scoring a touchdown of their own, Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan took in the game, then paid a visit to the locker room for a meet and greet with the players. Though its not uncommon for D.C. athletes from different sports to support each other at games, this wont be a one-time thingfor Kerrigan. Ive been a lot this year, he said, asCaps players introduced themselves, including Eric Fehr, who talked at length with him about football. Kerrigan was shown on the big screen during the game, and fans shouldnt be surprised if they see more of him.When told of former teammate Chris Cooleys shenanigans at the Caps games, like coming down to the locker room and interviewing players , hanging out in the press box, or racing Fred Davis on tricycles , Kerrigan was amused. That sounds about right, he said, smiling.Thats gonna be my thing. Ben Sumner works in the Posts IT department and writes for Capitals Outsider .


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