Ryan Kerrigan off to slow start after signing big contract

AP

Washington pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan got a $16 million signing bonus as part of a five-year, $57.5 million contract this offseason, which makes the start to his season disappointing.

Kerrigan, who had 13.5 sacks last year, has just half a sack this year. He acknowledged that he feels it’s particularly important to him to play well this year to prove he’s worth the money he’s making.

“Absolutely,” Kerrigan said, via ESPN. “That’s a lot of personal pride. I got that big contract and I want to show I’m worthy of it. Of course you want to justify it, but it’s not something like I wake up every day and say I’ve got to [justify] it.”

Kerrigan does think he’s putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but he’s being paid the big bucks to sack the quarterback.

“I’ve been close a number of times, but close doesn’t cut it,” Kerrigan said. “I have to win my one-on-ones more and win them quicker. I’ve been close a lot of times, but I have to win it quicker and make things happen quicker.”

On Sunday Kerrigan will try to put pressure on Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford, who has been sacked just twice while throwing 117 passes this season.

32 responses to “Ryan Kerrigan off to slow start after signing big contract

  1. He’s never been an elite pass rusher. Most of his sacks come from relentless effort and good coverage. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him beat his man outright. With all that being said, he’s still deserving of the contract they gave him.

  2. He also missed all of the preseason due to injury. That is not mentioned in the article. We are only 3 games into the season. Talk about a knee jerk article.

    The Skins do a lot of wrong, but Ryan Kerrigan is not one of them.

  3. Unlike Orakpo there is more to Kerrigans game then getting sacks. Primarily causing turnovers. He is still getting his legs back under him after a knee procedure before camp and no preseason games played.

    The guy is worth every penny the Skins are paying him. Those that disagree have never seen him play and/or don’t know much about football.

  4. or it could be he’s not 100% coming off his offseason knee surgery. that’s why he didn’t play at all during the preseason. right? he’ll be fine.

  5. Soundbyte city I love it.
    Kerrigan got those sacks last year without Orakpo and with the league’s worst secondary. He’s a lunch pail worker that doesn’t seem attention, Sharknado’ aside.
    Kerrigan will be fine.

  6. funny thing with Philly.

    we are damn good at pass protection.
    but they can’t run block for shyte.

    I get ripped for calling this a finesse offense, but it’s true.
    Not the philosophy. They’re power run on paper.

    but execution is absurd. Each step is lateral in the run game.
    They don’t get their hands on anyone.

  7. funny thing with Philly.

    we are damn good at pass protection.
    but they can’t run block for shyte.

    I get ripped for calling this a finesse offense, but it’s true.
    Not the philosophy. They’re power run on paper.

    but execution is absurd. Each step is lateral in the run game.
    They don’t get their hands on anyone.

  8. Noticing how everybody just Loves to hate on this team and no matter what the topic is some blockhead always has to throw in the QB that has not played a single snap.

    How come nobody has nothing to say about Suh???? He has a huge contract and has`nt done diddly!!!

  9. new system, new defensive coordinator, etc.
    Give him time. This kid is good. Sometimes I feel like this site just looks for anything negative they can find to say, or even make up, about the REDSKINS.

  10. Steve B says:
    Oct 3, 2015 8:01 AM
    He also missed all of the preseason due to injury. That is not mentioned in the article. We are only 3 games into the season. Talk about a knee jerk article.

    The Skins do a lot of wrong, but Ryan Kerrigan is not one of them.
    ========
    What are you talking about? The article is a straight-forward recitation of comments from Kerrigan himself about HIS disappointment in HIS play.

    Reading comprehension not a strength?

  11. His knee injury was a bigger issue than anyone would let on. I was not in favor of re-signing Kerrigan until after this season because of his knee injury. If he had a great year and they couldn’t have re-signed him next March, they could have franchised him.

    Giving a player a huge deal with a bad knee wasn’t the smartest thing.

  12. @lukedunphysscienceproject He made those comments as a result of being directly asked what he thought of his own production. Even if he had 5 at this point, he’s say the same thing.

    Why don’t you educate yourself on the player first, before trying to be some internet tough guy and commenting on someone’s reading comprehension?

  13. Somebody we know is getting a “that a boy” in the office on Monday for not call the Washington Football team by their team name of Redskins!

  14. The New York Nightmaras were consistently holding Kerrigan in the win over Washington – the calls were so one sided that it appeared that the head ref was either being bribed or was incompetent.

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