Ron Rivera speaks out on Ryan Kerrigan’s evolving role for D.C.
Washington Football Team has seen a youth movement in recent years. The situation has thrusted outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan as the team’s designated grizzled veteran. The 1o-year pro is also the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks but has recently seen a diminished role on the field for Washington.
The former Purdue Boilermaker played a career-low seven snaps but still managed to record a sack in his team’s Week 6 encounter against the New York Giants. Washington head coach Ron Rivera insists that his limited appearance does not devalue his importance to the young players of the roster:
“Yes,” Rivera told NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay on if Kerrigan’s current situation could remain. “He’s a guy that our young guys can learn from. He’s a pro and guys like that, again like I said, are very valuable because they can show the young guys how to do things the right way.”
The addition of defensive end Chase Young further established Kerrigan in a leadership role within the team. Throughout training camp, the veteran has already taken the rookie under his wing and helped show him the ropes.
His mentorship carried over onto the season and has paid dividends as Young continues to improve throughout their 2020 campaign. The former Ohio State Buckeye has been a stifling presence in the team’s defensive line and already tallied 12 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble through five games played.
Hopefully, Ryan Kerrigan will be able to impact the entire Washington unit as he helps them in the team’s rebuilding cause for the years to come.