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Q&A with Ryan Kerrigan

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Q&A with Ryan Kerrigan

Second-year Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan stopped by the Comcast SportsNet studios last week and talked to us about the upcoming season.Youve talked about the need to get more consistent. What specifically do you have to do to accomplish that?
Its just little things. Its taking a good pad level every snap, good hand placement. Its just little things. Not false stepping when Im coming out of my stance and being able to produce week in and week out.Are we talking about improving technique, more reps?
It is a technical thing, for the most part. Ive got to really hone in on my skills and techniques throughout training camp and try to get it down to where its every time, not just a sometimes thing.There was no offseason program last year, your rookie season, due to the lockout. Do you appreciate the value of the program now that youve been through it?
I do think that having the offseason is very valuable for rookies coming in, not necessarily from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint. Last year we were installing every day during training camp but now weve installed most of the defense, now were just mastering them, were not learning them as much a were mastering them. Thats whats going to be the key for us.Lou Spanos left his job as LB coach to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA. How are things different under new linebackers coach Bob Slowik?
We all know Lou, and Lou is a heck of a guy and I hope he does well, I know he will, at UCLA. But coach Slowik is a very good coach. I say I need to work on technique, then hes a good coach for me because hes very technically sound, he knows where you need to be and not just knowing what I need to do to do something better but how I need to do it. So thats big for me and Im really lucky to have him from that standpoint. Hes coached a lot of really great players and some great defenses so hes a good addition for our linebacker group.Many have said that the Redskins have one of the very best linebacker corps in the league. Do you guys take pride in that?
Absolutely. I think every group will say that they want to be the best but we really, really take pride in it because we feel like with the guys we have coming back, a 15-year guy in London Fletcher, one of the best linebackers to play the game. Brian Orakpo coming off of one side and then Perry Riley, who really played well in the back half of last season. Were really excited about the depth, too, with Rob Jackson and Markus White.How is rookie Keenan Robinson doing?
Hes looking pretty good. What I appreciate out of Keenan is that hes come in and he does extra things. He watches extra film, he does extra things to take care of his body that are not necessarily required of him but it will help him perform better. That will pay off for him down the road if he keeps learning and keeps taking care of himself physically he has a chance to have a long and successful career. I always like to see what a guy does thats not required of him, what he does on his own that he knows will help himself and will help the team. I see that out of Keenan.If the offense becomes more dynamic with RG3 at quarterback, will the defense benefit by being able to play with the lead more often
Whether we have the lead or not we have to perform but when teams have to drop back and throw the ball thats an ideal situation for not only myself because Im a pass rusher but for the way our defense is designed, thats what its for. So were excited about the addition of Griffin because hes the Heisman Trophy winner, he was a heck of a college player. From what Ive seen throughout OTAs an minicamp, hopefully he can be a heck of a pro, too.What about going up against RG3 in practice?
It will be tough but I guess it will be good practice for when we play Philly with Michael Vick because hes a heck of a runner, an heck of an athlete but a really great quarterback, too. Not just an athlete, he has a heck of an arm.Youll be in your second year playing opposite Brian Orakpo. How do your games compliment each other?
We both attack the passer with different kinds of rushes. Hes a really explosive, really powerful guy and I try to use some power but I use my hands a lot. We both can compliment each other very well and this team is really depending on us this year to step it up.Are you getting more used to playing linebacker rather than defensive end?
Its starting to become more natural. Thats what gets me excited this year because last year was the first year of my whole life I never played with my hand in the dirt. It was tough at first to generate the same kind of power vs. when youre in a three-point stance. Im glad that Ive had OTAs to work on it and perfect it because I feel myself getting better.Is pass coverage one of the things that is coming more naturally to you?
It is. The way our defense is designed Im never put in a position where they think Im in a bad matchup. Its feeling more natural and Im feeling more natural in space.

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

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Best 2017 Black Friday gift ideas for the Redskins fan in your life

Black Friday is nearly here, and in anticipation of the holiday, you're probably planning on buying that nice, new TV or laptop you've needed for a while. But in addition to those typical Black Friday items, it's also the perfect time to pick up something for that dedicated Redskins fan in your life.

Not sure what to get the Burgundy and Gold supporter, though? Look no further than the list of 10 things below.

We've done our part by creating this list for you, just like a quarterback who gives his receiver a chance with a great throw. Now it's up to you to finish the play.

1. Redskins PlayStation 4 Skin Set

Price: $14.99

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: As someone who just bought a PlayStation 4, I'd be thrilled to be able to personalize it with this 'Skins Skin set. The only thing better than taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden is taking down a Cowboys fan online in Madden with Redskins-themed controllers.

2. Redskins NFL Krazy Kover

Price: $10.02

Where to buy: Amazon

Why they'll love it: This is more than a koozie; it's a sweater for your beer. Why are you still reading and not buying?

3. Redskins infant bodysuit set

Price: $26.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The other items on this list are all for the Redskins fan in your life. This one, on the other hand, is for the future Redskins fan in your life. Quick, give them this bodysuit set before your weird, Eagles-supporting aunt does the same.

4. Redskins light up sweater

Price: $79.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: It's just like the one you've seen in the commercials, except better, because it's Burgundy and Gold! There's one for men and one for women.

5. Redskins fidget spinner

Price: $3.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: The fidget spinner fad has died down a bit, but let's be honest: when you get one in your hand these days, you still spin the heck out of it. Give the gift of spinning to those you love most this Black Friday.

6. Redskins golf balls 

Price: $13.99

Where to buy: NFLShop.com

Why they'll love it: I'm addicted to golf and would cherish each of these Redskins balls right up to the moment I sliced them straight into the woods on the third tee.

7. Redskins lunch box/cooler

Price: $29.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: People have forgotten how important it is to have a useful lunch box in 2017. Remind them with this beautiful cooler, so they can then display their dedication to Washington's team inside of their office's overcrowded fridge.

8. Redskins platter

Price: $39.99

Where to buy: Fanatics.com

Why they'll love it: We're heading into the thick of the party-hosting section of the calendar. When you're serving up your guests your finest cheeses, do it on this Redskins platter.

9. Redskins full/queen comforter set

Price: $69.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: With a comforter this gorgeous, you may actually want to make your bed every morning.

10. Redskins license plate frame

Price: $19.99

Where to buy: Fansedge.com

Why they'll love it: Think of how many cars sit behind you on a daily basis. Then, think of how many of those people root for the other NFC East rivals. Buy this so you can taunt them without even knowing it.

11. fuboTV Subscription

Price: $19.99/month for 2 months

Where to buy: fubotv.com

Why they'll love it: What better gift than the games themselves? Perfect for the cord-cutting Redskins fan on your list, fuboTV offers 80 streaming channels from sports to news to movies and more. Watch on all of your favorite devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV and AndroidTV or take it anywhere with the fuboTV app, available for both Android and iOS. If you're on the go, take advantage of fuboTV's cloud-based DVR service to record your favorite programs and watch them wherever you'd like. Even better? There are no hidden fees or long-term contracts and you can cancel anytime. 

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

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Redskins will start their No. 3 center against the Giants

Jay Gruden said during the offseason that the thing that scared him most was not having a good center and a backup available. The coach probably is terrified now.

Spencer Long, who started the season at center, is headed to injured reserve. He has been battling tendonitis in his knees for several weeks and, apparently, an injured quad muscle. Gruden said that Long will have surgery to fix the quad.

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Rookie Chase Roullier has been playing well in Long’s absence but he will be on the shelf at least this week. He broke a bone in his hand against the Saints and, according to a report, he has had surgery to repair it. While he has not been ruled out it seems likely that he will miss at least this game, if not more.

The Redskins’ third option is veteran journeyman Tony Bergstrom. It looks like he will start at center against the Giants on Thursday. The Redskins are Bergstrom’s fourth team in four seasons in the league. He has started four games, all for the Raiders in 2012 and 2015. Bergstrom signed with the Redskins about four weeks ago.

Bergstrom’s backup will be Demetrius Rhaney, who was just signed. He started one game for the Rams after they drafted him in the seventh round in 2014.

As expected, both Chris Thompson and Terrelle Pryor are headed to injured reserve. In addition to signing Rhaney, the team will promote LB Pete Robertson and RB LeShun Daniels from the practice squad. Earlier this week they re-signed DL A.J. Francis. They will have to drop one player from the 53-man roster before all of these moves are made official.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.