Ryan Kerrigan says the Redskins are doing more full speed drills at this point in the offseason program than years past. And that, the outside linebacker suggested yesterday, should give the team a head start on the key portion of the NFL's offseason program.
The first of 10 OTA practices will be held at Redskins Park a week from today.
“It’s been going really well,” Kerrigan said of the offseason program, which kicked off April 18th with conditioning workouts. “It seems like we’re getting after it a little more physically, earlier than normal. We’re doing a lot more full-speed football drills earlier in the offseason than we used to.”
“That,” the veteran added, “should make for a better transition to OTAs when the helmets come on and we’re actually practicing football. So, I think that will further us along, earlier.”
OTA practices are all no-contact, but 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are allowed permitted under terms of the CBA.
Last year, Kerrigan missed OTAs and the preseason after having his left knee scoped. As a result, the 27-year-old got off to a slower-than-usual start.
This year, though, Kerrigan said both his knee and the hand he injured in Week 8 are 100-percent and he expects to be full-go as the offseason program ramps up to Phase 3.
“It’s hugely important [to be healthy because] with the injury I had last year...anytime you have a surgery, there’s going to be a lot of atrophy in the muscles around your knee and in your leg,” Kerrigan said. “And having lost that strength and lost some of that explosiveness, that hurt me early on in the season. But as the season went on, it began to feel better feel stronger."
Indeed, Kerrigan notched six of his 9.5 sacks in the final seven regular season games of 2015.