Over the past two games, Ryan Kerrigan has begun to look—and produce —like a top-tier pass rusher again.
He said he's stopped overthinking.
“It’s a decision I’ve made mentally; I’m just going to be aggressive, come off the ball and not think as much,” Kerrigan said Thursday. “I think I got to the point earlier in the season where I was thinking too much on certain rushes, and that was slowing me down a little bit. So I’ve just gotten back to just not thinking…just doing.”
The result has been dramatic. Kerrigan racked up a total of three sacks against the Panthers and Giants, giving him 44.5 in his Redskins’ career and moving him past Monte Coleman into third place in franchise history.
According to ProFootallFocus.com, Kerrigan also notched 10 quarterback hurries in those two games, giving him 31 this season, which ranks eighth among all 3-4 outside linebackers.
Kerrigan said he first noticed his overthinking—and the split-second hesitation it caused—while studying film recently.
“I was thinking about how I was [using] certain moves and, ‘If he does this...’” he explained. “I was kind of letting the tackle dictate things, whereas now I’m taking the fight to him.”
Kerrigan said the uptick in his play also might have something to do with his improving health. The 27-year-old missed the entire offseason while recovering from a knee scope, then he suffered a broken hand against the Bucs that required surgery. Though the hand injury did not cause him to miss a game, he didn’t appear 100-percent again until the New Orleans game.
“I haven’t felt bad,” Kerrigan said. “But I’m sure the more time you get away from the surgeries, I’m sure that certainly does help, whether you notice it or not.”
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