Ryan Kerrigan now leads the Redskins in QB Sacks

Courtesy of our friends over at “The Insider” blog over at the Washington Post:

Following a review of the Redskins’ 23-17 win at Seattle, rookie Ryan Kerrigan has received a half-sack, and defensive end Stephen Bowen lost a half-sack.

On fourth and 5 with 2:13 left in the game, Washington dialed up an all-out blitz, and Brian Orakpo, Kerrigan and Bowen all got to Tarvaris Jackson for a nine-yard loss.

Originally, Orakpo and Bowen received a half-sack each. But it turns out the two outside linebackers first got to the quarterback.

Kerrigan, Washington’s first-round draft pick out of Purdue, now has a team-high 6.5 sacks. Orakpo has six, and Bowen has 4.5.

Kerrigan’s 6.5 sacks ank third among NFL rookies. Denver’s Von Miller leads the league’s rookies with 10.5 sacks, and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith has 7.5.

While some believe that Kerrigan is a player who will always be solid but never “elite,” few can argue against the fact that he’s been one of the bright spots for the Redskins, in an otherwise disappointing season. Known for his high “motor” and non-stop effort when he was drafted out of Purdue University, Kerrigan has shown that relentlessness in every game he’s played this season.

It’s also important to note that Kerrigan is playing his first season at outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, after playing defensive end in college. Many draft analysts projected Kerrigan to be a 3-4 outside linebacker at the NFL level, but many also indicated that the learning curve for this transition is much steeper than you’d think.

Kerrigan, however, has done an admirable job this season, even despite missing a full slate of mini-camps and Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) due to the NFL lockout, as well as the first few days of an abbreviated training camp, after a hyperextended knee forced him to sit out over a week’s worth of practices.

Theoretically, at least, this means he’s only going to get better.


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