It was Ryan Kerrigan's turn on Tuesday to sit in front of a laptop and deal with the local media through Zoom. Lucky him, right?
Here are three of the more important takeaways from the stalwart's presser with reporters.
1) He doesn't envision taking a backseat in 2020
Kerrigan is perpetually underrated, and part of that leads to him having to answer so many questions about the other pass rushers around him. With Chase Young and Montez Sweat on the roster, that feels especially true these days.
Fortunately, because Kerrigan is also perpetually nice, he always has pleasant things to say regarding his teammates. But it was hard not to sense a Hey, let's not forget about me-type attitude from No. 91 on Tuesday, too.
"I'm planning on being a playmaker," Kerrigan said when asked about his upcoming role. "I'm planning on being out there a lot and making plays. That's how I trained this offseason, that's how I'm approaching camp right now and that's what I'm anticipating."
Young, Sweat and the rest of the front are all worthy of discussion and interest — as long as that discussion and interest doesn't get in the way of giving Kerrigan his respect. It may be tempting to want to write off the soon-to-be 32-year-old, but do yourself a favor and pause that process. He has more to show.
2) The desire to remain in Washington is still there
This will be Kerrigan's 10th go-round with Washington.
Now, some would fairly assume that the constant drama and losing that envelops the organization would be enough to make Kerrigan want to head elsewhere (he is slated to be a free agent next March). Yet that doesn't appear to be the case.
"I want to be here, I've made that clear," he said. "I've made that clear privately, made that clear publicly. I want to be here through the good and bad. So, yeah, I want to show these coaches I'm someone they can rely on not only this year but going forward as well."
With free agency money climbing and the trade market really picking up lately, it's more and more unusual to see a longtime vet remain in the same uniform for his entire career. With the way Kerrigan's talking, perhaps he'll eventually be known as one to do so.
3) The franchise sack record is very much on his mind
When No. 91 matches his jersey number with his pro sack total (he's just one away), he'll tie Dexter Manley for the Washington franchise record. So, two more will place him at the top on his own, which he's definitely aware of as Week 1 nears.
"Obviously, I want it," Kerrigan said. "I want it, because that's a step in what I want to accomplish."
As mentioned earlier, Kerrigan doesn't get the proper credit for what he's done in Burgundy and Gold. Reaching that milestone, though, will give him a finite thing to point to as proof of how dominant he was year in and year out. It'll be just one of the many things in Washington that he's both earned and deserves.
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