Ryan Kerrigan’s increasing impact for the Redskins is no fluke
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Washington Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan a Beast in 2013 Preseason
The coach dialed up a formation that featured Orakpo at his usual right outside linebacker spot, Jenkins in Kerrigans left outside linebacker spot, and Kerrigan lined up almost in the place of a defensive tackle on the left side of the line, opposite Tennessees right guard. The package yielded the anticipated result. Orakpo came off the edge and caused Titans quarterback Jake Locker to scoot to his right. Jenkins bull rushed the right tackle into the backfield, and Kerrigan got past the guard with a blend of quickness and strength and found himself in the perfect position to wrap Locker up for the sack. The play served as a sign of things to come for the Redskins, who in practice have worked on that formation, and other similar looks with Kerrigan as a down lineman while Orakpo and Jenkins rush from the edges. I really like it, Kerrigan said. Its definitely a change of pace, both for myself, and for the guards and centers that Im going against, because theyre used to bigger and stronger guys. Im kind of lighter, and quicker than a lot of the guys they face, so its a nice change of a pace and a chance for me to put my hand in the dirt again. Blitzing out of a three-point stance is nothing new for Kerrigan, who played as a defensive end in a 4-3 front while at Purdue. Drafted by Washington 16thoverall and converted to a linebacker asked to blitz out of a two-point stance, Kerrigan made a click here. relatively smooth transition and last season reached his first Pro Bowl after recording 8.5 sacks. Although he has returned to his roots in a sense, this new role in the special pass-rushing package presents new challenges for Kerrigan.
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In his four years in Eugene Kellys Ducks were all the rage, routinely ranking in the top-five in yards per game including an NCAA-high 530.7 in 2010. Now the question will be how successful can Kelly be in the NFL with such an unorthodox offensive playbook especially with guys like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, and DeSean Jackson at his disposal. Since hearing confirmation that Vick will start against the Redskins on September 9th, Kerrigan said that the defense has been speeding through drills, ready to disarm all of the Eagles weapons. Weve been facing the hurry up offense a little more in practice to try and get ready for that and you can see guys get kind of acclimated more to that kind of speed and getting used to getting lined up quick, Kerrigan told Kuselias. So were going to have to keep doing that over the next couple of weeks to get ready for Philly. As for that read-option trend thats being copied and pasted into playbooks and was started by a certain team. ShhhI wont give away any secrets as to who that is. We see it every day in practice. Its something that the league is going to continue to do as long as offenses are having success with it. Its something that this whole league is going to have to adapt to because as these quarterbacks get more athletic, its something thats going to be seen more often.
Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan is college football’s best-kept secret
Greg Ashman/Icon SMI 44.5 12 In the grind-it-out Big Ten, defense reigns supreme. There are no run-and-gun offenses or hyper-speed Chip Kelly schemes. Teams prevail by winning battles in the trenches and beating the heck out of opponents for 60 minutes. Substance trumps style. From Pat Fitzgerald to James Laurinaitis, the conference’s defensive players of the year have always embodied that approach. This year’s winner is no exception. “To be mentioned in that light is pretty special to me,” Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan said recently. “They’re all tremendous players.” If you don’t recognize Kerrigan’s name, you’re not alone. Few outside of West Lafayette, Ind., do. But he’s a player worth getting to know.
Kerrigan raced past Gilbert, slapped the ball out of quarterback Bruce Gradkowskis hand, and the Redskins recovered the fumble. Kerrigans teammates are enjoying the show. Hes such a physical specimen, defensive end Stephen Bowen said. People just dont realize how strong he is. Hes strong as hell and hes also really smart. He understands how theyre going to try to block him. . .
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It . . . it did something to me. Kerrigan found a pen, a piece of paper and started writing in neat cursive, putting the letter in the mailbox two days before last seasons opener: Dear Ryan, Thanks for your kind letter! I am terribly sorry to hear about your car accident + your condition. But I am inspired by your upbeat personality!
Ryan Kerrigan takes on new role in certain pass-rushing packages
Players dont always perform at their peak, and sometimes are unfocused on gameday. This is why playoff competition is the NFLs best product, as every player is at his optimal level of focus and the play shows on the field. Unequivocally option number two will describe how the Redskins will respond to Pierres words. Expect a fire to be lit under the Redskins, in particular look for left tackle Trent Williams to have his very best game as a professional. Make no mistake about it; Trent Williams, who is performing at a probowl level this season, will be inspired to play because of Pierres comments, and subsequently will be bringing his A game to New York this week. If Trent Williams can dominate Jason Pierre-Paul, that will be significant in helping Robert Griffin lead the burgundy and gold to a curly W. However the battle between Pierre-Paul and Trent Williams, may take a backseat to another key matchup on the line that will have a bigger impact on the game.
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Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will look to Kerrigan to become a force to be reckoned with as a pass rusher. Placing him against larger, less agile guards will give Kerrigan the advantage he needs to provide sacks, quarterback hits and forced turnovers. I really like it, stated Kerrigan. Its definitely a change of pace, both for myself, and for the guards and centers that Im going against, because theyre used to bigger and stronger guys. Im kind of lighter, and quicker than a lot of the guys they face, so its a nice change of a pace and a chance for me to put my hand in the dirt again. Kerrigan has been fitting in well to Hasletts new plans for his defense. In the preseason, Kerrigan has racked up four tackles, two for losses, two sacks, a forced fumble and one interception which he returned for a touchdown. He also has one deflected pass and one quarterback hit, not to mention all the added pressure he creates. You use your hands just as much, especially inside, Kerrigan said. But if you dont get to the quarterback, you want to get off the block and get your hands up because the passes are usually coming in the guard and center area. Standing in at 6-foot-4 and weighing 260 pounds, Kerrigan is a combination of size and talent. He is a fumble forcing machine, tying the FBS record with 14 in his collegiate career. In three seasons as a pro, he has had six forced fumbles. Last year Kerrigan stepped it up when the rest of the team seemed to be injured or underperformed. This year will be different. He will have talent around him, but he will become a team leader and defensive all-star. Look for Kerrigans beast mode to continue in the 2013 regular season. Thomas is a Sports Writer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @tmford88 , Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google