Kerrigan excited for Orakpo's return

Kerrigan excited for Orakpo's return
July 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Ryan Kerrigan asks Richmond residents if they know who he is

RICHMOND--As noted in yesterday’s practice report, the Redskins are mixing up their personnel at the left defensive end spot in anticipation of Jarvis Jenkins’ suspension for the first four games of the season. Jenkins, Chris Baker, and Kedric Golston are all getting some first-team reps.

Playing right behind the rotating cast is left outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. The ends are supposed to help keep blockers off of Kerrigan so that he can make tackles. One might think that this would be somewhat distracting. The three players all have different strengths and weaknesses and different levels of experience. But it’s all the same to Kerrigan.

“Their assignments don't necessarily change from Jarvis to Kedric or from Kedric to Baker,” Kerrigan said on Tuesday. “They all play the position the same way. I don't think it will change a whole lot for me personally.”

So it doesn’t matter that Jenkins might be a bit more powerful, Golston more technically sound or Baker more athletic. Kerrigan has confidence that each of them will get the job done.

One player Kerrigan does think will have an effect on his game is Brian Orakpo. He should be back in form after missing the last 14 games last season with a torn pectoral muscle.

“The [opposing] offensive line will have to be pretty balanced across the board,” he said.

“The defense as a whole will be uplifted even more with ‘Rak being back . . . He’s going to be huge for our team.”

If Orakpo can come up huge for the Redskins, Kerrigan could also be a force.