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Redskins’ Barry: Drive to excel makes Kerrigan ‘easy to coach’


Redskins’ Barry: Drive to excel makes Kerrigan ‘easy to coach’

Word from the locker room last Sunday was that Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was unhappy with his performance against the Dolphins.

While the Redskins lost and there is always room for improvement when you don’t win, there was little about Kerrigan’s performance to dislike. He had half a sack, two quarterback hurries and he batted down a pass. Kerrigan also bailed out the team’s quarterback when he made a nice play from the back side to make a tackle for no gain on fourth and one. That play kept the Dolphins off the board after Kirk Cousins had thrown an interception in Redskins territory.

Since taking the job as Redskins defensive coordinator in January, Joe Barry has learned that Kerrigan is never satisfied with what he does.  

“I think that’s what makes Ryan Kerrigan the type of player that he is,” said Barry. “If it’s a pass, he thinks he should be getting a sack on every play. If it’s a run play, he thinks that he should be defeating his man and making the tackle on every play. That’s the way he drives himself and that’s the way he thinks. He’s one of those guys that it’s easy to coach hard because he wants to be coached hard. He wants to be not told, ‘Hey Ryan, you did a good job,’ because he’s looking, ‘No, I didn’t. I didn’t make a play.’ He is very, very hard on himself.”

Kerrigan was seeing his first full-speed action since last December. He had a knee procedure done in the spring and was held out of all four preseason games as a precaution. The fifth-year player, who signed five-year, $57.5 million contract extension in July, was not happy about the lack of action.

“It killed Ryan Kerrigan, he was embarrassed that we kept him out of the preseason,” said Barry. “And a lot of times, unfortunately in this day and age, you keep a veteran out of a preseason game, they’re thanking you as a coach. He was legitimately pissed off because we were keeping him out of games. We weren’t playing him. He felt, ‘I’m not earning my check. It’s a game. I’ve got to go play.’”

Kerrigan is playing now and if he keeps up what he did last Sunday when the Rams come to town while perhaps adding another sack or two against a so-so St. Louis offensive line he will certainly be earning his check. But he probably won’t be happy if the Redskins can’t come out with a win.

“Most of the really, really good players in this league are very hard on themselves,” said Barry. “He’s another phenomenal guy to be around.”

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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