Ryan Kerrigan Takes On New Role In Certain Pass-rushing Packages

Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan is college football’s best-kept secret

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 relatively smooth transition and last season reached his first Pro Bowl after recording 8.5 sacks.

REDSKINS 2013: Ryan Kerrigan a mainstay after two NFL seasons

Colts fans just popped up by the thousands in Indiana as Peyton Manning did his thing in Indianapolis, Kerrigan said. One of his goals, he said, is to do the same thing in D.C. When I was drafted here, I took it upon myself to be someone to help turn the franchise around, Kerrigan said. [The team] has done a good job of bringing in the right personnel, not just players but coaches and support people, to help lay the foundation for a successful franchise for years to come. I hope I can continue to be a part of that. Id certainly like to think Im someone who is going to be with this franchise for a long time. I love it here. I love the fans.

Ryan Kerrigan Poses as Reporter, Asks Fans About Ryan Kerrigan

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But he’s a player worth getting to know. To understand why, look at the chart on the right and consider how Kerrigan’s past two years with the Boilermakers stack up to Ndamukong Suh’s final two seasons with Nebraska — a span during which Suh was named AP Player of the Year and finished fourth in Heisman voting. Playing for the floundering Boilermakers, Kerrigan has been overshadowed by fellow Big Ten defensive line standouts such as Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn, Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt and Northwestern’s Vince Browne. The Purdue senior is college football’s best-kept secret. Kerrigan earns All-America honors from SI.com Kerrigan’s success results from his stamina. He often plays up to 90 snaps per game — an outrageous number for a defensive lineman — and wears out tackles with his relentless pursuit of the ball-carrier.

Ryan Kerrigan says his knee injury not serious

Most players hate it, because you’re coming back from vacation and re-entering the world of conditioning and hard work smack dab in the middle of summer. But it’s great for fans who get to come watch some top-notch football free of charge while enjoying a day in the sun, and it also offers up some fun moments. You get some good old-fashioned rookie hazing, as we saw with Ross Rasner in Denver earlier this week, and those rare, cherished moments in which you’re reminded that these superstars are just like us. For example: Ice creeeaaam! The ice cream man is coming ! The guys at WashingtonRedskins.com also decided to have some fun when Mike Shanahan gave the players a day off on Sunday. Ryan Kerrigan might have led the ‘Skins in sacks last season, but the 24-year-old is still rising and clearly isn’t the most recognizable man on the roster just yet. So Kerrigan hit the streets of Richmond, Va., where the Redskins are holding camp for the first time, and posed as a reporter. In the process, his ego took a bit of a shot from one local kid before a rather serendipitous moment with a friendly blonde caused sparks to fly. Here’s video of Kerrigan on the street, courtesy of the team’s website: That would be a sick “how I met your mother” story. Kudos to Kerrigan for his acting/reporting chops.

I do have cerebral palsy and some learning difficulties. I have two belly buttons on my body. The little flower is where the feeding tube was for seven years. The boy went on to tell Kerrigan how he was hired as the team manager of the Woodbridge High School football team, how he played a blind child in a school play called The Miracle Worker. I love the way you sack and take it all the way. .

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan gets closer to his fans

His biggest play came in week one against the Eagles, where he had a batted pass on the games opening drive that resulted in a fumble that was returned by DeAngelo Hall for a touchdown. The Redskins lost that game, but it was to no fault of Kerrigan, who finished the game with eight tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and the batted ball that went for the touchdown. Kerrigan was the top 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL in quarterback hurries last season, being credited with 50. He had 8.5 sacks, 54 tackles, two forced fumbles, eight pass breakups, and one interception that was returned for a touchdown on his way to a Pro Bowl birth. Most of these numbers were put up without having fellow 3-4 outside linebacker, and Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo opposite him. With Orakpo now healthy, and causing his own havoc on the right side of the defense, Kerrigan is off to an even better start in 2013.

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has someone to admire in Ryan D’Emidio

The Redskins Ryan Kerrigan on Ryan DEmidio: He makes me feel I can do anything.

Im feeling good today, though, and Im expecting to fully practice. Kerrigan said the slight injury happened toward the end of the game but wasnt bad enough to force him to leave the game. Tight end Fred Davis said he hopes to be available to play Sunday at Oakland. Davis was on the Redskins inactive list for the defeat to the Lions after suffering a sprained right ankle on the final play of last Fridays practice. I feel a lot better, Davis said. I think Ill be able to play Sunday. So well see how the week goes, pushing off and getting back into it, like running full-speed routes. Davis was on the field for pregame warmups Sunday but said: I knew I wasnt going to be able to [play]. Davis isnt the only Redskins tight end limited this week. Rookie Jordan Reed suffered a bruised thigh during the Detroit game.

Ryan Kerrigan – A Man on a Mission


Well, Griffin did get married this summer, which might have taken him off Danielles list. Players constantly want fans and the media to realize they are more than just bodies on a football field. Rarely are they willing to step outside their job descriptions and display why and how they are more than just bodies on a football field. Kerrigan did. And he did so knowing chances were high no one would recognize him.

Ryan Kerrigan Scouting Report

Plus he has not shown scouts much physical ability when going up against offensive lineman in the one on one drills. Learning Rate: Ryan Kerrigan learns plays slowly, but he learns plays better than most of the players in this draft with mediocre learning rates. Run Stuffer: Kerrigan has to improve his ability as a run stuffer at the next level. Zone Coverage/Cover 2 Scheme: Kerrigan struggles in zone coverage and with the cover 2 scheme in the 3-4 or the 4-3 position as an outside linebacker. Intangibles: Ryan Kerrigan may be a scholar student coming out of Purdue, but I really do not like the intangibles that I have seen from him. Plus he has looked sloppy in the Senior Bowl and since he goes to an academic institution like Purdue you have to wonder if Kerrigans intangibles are deception in disguise. One Year Wonder: No one really heard about Kerrigan until this year, but he really performed strong in the regular season. Potential: I think Ryan Kerrigan has 3rd round pick potential which is why he will be in the league for 3 years before the team that drafts him gets rid of him.


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