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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Washington Redskins Defensive End Ryan Kerrigan has made an impact ever since stepping on the football field. The seventh year pass rusher was a star coming out of Purdue earning the 2010 Big 10 Player of the Year award and the Bill Willis Trophy which is given to the top defensive lineman in the country. All those abilities translated over to the pro level and Kerrigan would be much more known if he played for a team that won more consistently. Kerrigan’s career stats make that obvious this guy has 71 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, and 3 defensive touchdowns. Those have been big time plays for the Redskins defensive but unfortunately this team hasn’t been able to put good enough players around Kerrigan to keep this team competitive. It also doesn’t help that the NFC East is completely stacked with talent and teams like Philadelphia are built to win for the next two or three years. Still though Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, and Eli Manning are going to have Kerrigan breathing down their neck and that’s going to be disruptive. While Washington might not have what it takes to put everything together over the course of a full season. They can beat any team in the NFL on any given weekend and that’s because of passionate players like Kerrigan who are willing to lay it all on the line every single snap. There’s no doubt the other people in the Redskins’ locker room notice that about Ryan Kerrigan and that’s why he is the spark plug for this organization. It would almost be nice to see Kerrigan get traded to a Super Bowl contender just so he has a chance to get a Super Bowl before he hangs his cleats up. At 29 years old we don’t how much longer he’ll end up playing but it’s certainly been a prolific career and it would be nice to see Kerrigan get some of the recognition that Clay Matthews and the other top tier edge rushers get.
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