Despite his rookie status, Ryan Kerrigan has had a veteran presence on the field through the first three games of the preseason. Playing with the starting units in all three contests, he has nine tackles (eight solo), with a sack in each of the last two contests.
This was his first career sack against the Colts’ Curtis Painter:
Kerrigan said after that game that he wasn’t even sure if it was a sack, given how close to the line of scrimmage Painter was. On Friday night, he left no doubt, as he slammed Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to the turf for his second sack.
But after the game, Kerrigan reserved his praise for the players around him. “It was good coverage in the secondary,” he said. “We made Flacco hold onto the ball a little bit longer–long enough for me to get to him.”
The Redskins finished with four team sacks, thanks to pressure from all different angles. “We did a good job getting pressure wit the front four in out pressure packages,” Kerrigan explained. “I think that’s a tribute to the guys working hard and getting their timing right.”
The converted defensive end sat out the beginning of training camp with a knee injury, but has held his own with the first team defense so far. Friday was just the latest example of a player finding success in transition.
“I felt more comfortable,” he said after the game. “Just like last week, I did some things well, I did some things not so well. I’ve just got to keep getting better and working on things ever day.”
One positive that did not show up on the stat sheet was his play on the very first defensive drive. Fighting past the right tackle, he applied late pressure in the throwing lane, leading to Joe Flacco’s interception and touchdown by DeAngelo Hall:
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