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Ryan Kerrigan reflects on becoming Washington's all-time sacks leader

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Sunday's contest versus the Philadelphia Eagles marked the first time in Ryan Kerrigan's 10-year NFL career that he was not a starter.

Big deal, right? Nope. Not at all.

Despite having a more situational role this year behind Chase Young and Montez Sweat, Kerrigan completely made his presence felt during Washington's come-from-behind 27-17 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. The 32-year-old finished with a team-high two sacks, with the second one moving him past Dexter Manley for first all-time on the franchise's sack list.

Following the victory, Kerrigan joined NBC Sports Washington's postgame show and went into detail about what becoming the team's all-time sack leader means to him.

"It's pretty darn cool. When I got drafted here in 2011, I had no idea this would transpire," Kerrigan said. "To be alone at the top of the list, it's pretty cool, considering the great players that have come through this organization and given how long the organization has been around. It's special to me for sure."

Kerrigan was just one of many Washington defenders that shined against Philadelphia. The Eagles were down three of their starting offensive lineman on Sunday, and Washington took full advantage.

Washington finished with eight sacks, with five different players notching at least one. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had never been sacked more in one game in his career than he was on Sunday.

"It was a fun game to be a part of. Eight sacks as a defense, that's pretty impressive," Kerrigan said. "I'm glad I got my hand in on a couple of those. I'm just really thankful right now. I'm just really, really happy right now."


After the game, Washington head coach Ron Rivera addressed the team in the locker room, telling the crew that the victory was "just the beginning of what they can become."

Kerrigan was asked just how much better Washington can get, and the pass rusher thinks there's a whole other dimension the team can tap into.

"I definitely think we can keep it going. We didn't really have a good first 20-25 minutes. We came out a little flat defensively. If we can come out a little stronger, we could play even better than we did today."