Ryan Kerrigan Proud To Play Every Snap For Redskins, Views It As His Responsibility
ASHBURN – It’s not a London Fletcher-like streak, but Ryan Kerrigan is fairly proud that he’s been able to play every snap on defense for the Washington Redskins in his rookie year.
The outside linebacker has been on the field for all 809 plays this season, the only defensive player to do so. Not only has Kerrigan made the transition from collegiate defensive end to professional outside linebacker, he’s done so without wearing down in the significantly longer NFL season.
“I don’t feel that bad,” Kerrigan said. “I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of myself eating right, getting good sleep at night, making sure I’m staying active in the weight room to help sustain my legs throughout the season. But it is a long season, and you know, right now’s the crunch time where you’ve got to really take care of yourself even more, get even more sleep and make sure you get treatment in the weight room.”
Kerrigan doesn’t look at the streak as being anything outside of his usual responsibilities. He recalled speaking to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett before the season and being told that he wouldn’t have the opportunity to take himself out of the game, which is fairly common in college.
“I’m not saying, ‘I’m going to play all these plays.’ I’m looking at the next play,” Kerrigan said. “I’m looking at the first play of the Giants game and what I’m going to do on that play and what I’m going to do from there on. We’ll see what happens.”