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Kerrigan will determine his own snap count vs. Dolphins

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Kerrigan will determine his own snap count vs. Dolphins

Just before training camp started, Ryan Kerrigan signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension. The Redskins and their fans are going to start seeing what the team got for its investment on Sunday.

Kerrigan did not play a single snap during the four preseason games. He missed most of the team’s offseason program after have a knee procedure done in the spring. Although he participated fully in most of the team’s practices during training camp with an occasional veteran’s day off, the decision was made to keep him out of the exhibition games as a precaution.

The regular season starts on Sunday and, of course, Kerrigan will answer the call. Not only has he played in 64 of a possible 64 games since coming into the league, he has rarely missed a snap. As a rookie in 2011 he played in 100 percent of the team’s defensive plays and his percentage stayed high in the three years that followed.

Since he hasn’t had the workload that he usually has leading up to the start of the season, however, he might have to ease his way back into the flow of the game. Now, we’re talking about easing in in Kerrigan’s terms. He still should play most of the snaps. How much he plays will be up to him, according to Jay Gruden.

“I think that might happen depending on how he is with his cardio throughout the course of the game,” said Gruden when asked if Kerrigan’s snaps would be limited. “He’s in great shape. Ryan’s going to keep himself in great shape. But as you all know, the game of football is a physical … it’s going to be a hot Sunday afternoon how he handles guys blocking him and rushing the passer consistently will determine how many plays he plays. He’s the type of guy that’s really on his own pitch count. You’re tired you get yourself out. If you’re not tired, you stay your butt in there. I think he’ll gauge that . . . Ryan is on his own.”

When Kerrigan is out, the Redskins likely will line up rookie Preston Smith on the left side of the defense. Smith got the starts there while Kerrigan was sitting out the preseason. He did record a couple of sacks but both came against the other team’s backup offensive linemen. The organization is very excited about his prospects and it will be good if he can be effective playing a few extra snaps in relief of Kerrigan.

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

Adrian Peterson's impressive day vs. the Panthers wasn't exactly supposed to happen

When you don't hear from someone you wanted to hear from, you typically follow up.

But on Sunday during the Redskins' 23-17 win over the Panthers, Jay Gruden actually didn't follow up with Adrian Peterson about a plan the two first discussed leading up to kickoff.

Everyone associated with burgundy and gold should be OK with that, however, after seeing how things played out.

During his weekly, exclusive interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, Gruden explained how Peterson's injury situation almost prevented the running back from posting his crucial 17-carry, 97-yard stat line. 

"I talked to him before the game, had a sit-down with him," the head coach said. "I told him I was probably only gonna use him on short-yardage and goal line if that, you know? Because I want him to heal, we have a long season ahead of us." 

Heading into Week 6, Peterson was dealing with shoulder, ankle and knee issues. Plus, he's 33 years old at a position where that number is way more common on a player's jersey than in his bio under "age."

So, Gruden's concern made some sense, especially considering how necessary a productive Peterson has been to the 'Skins' success in 2018. Problem is, the two never connected again, so the coach's pitch count was never executed.

"He says, 'Oh, just let me go early, I'll let you know how I'm doing,'" Gruden recalled. "We let him go early and I never heard from him so I just kept him in there. He played great. He's a pro, he's a stud."

For those of you now wondering if this means you should start ignoring emails from your boss or not text your buddy back and still expect success, let's not get too carried away here. In this instance, a lack of communication worked for the future Hall of Famer, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for you.

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