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Need to Know: Redskins’ Kerrigan is starting to heat up

Dec 1, 2015, 4:58 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 1, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.

Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Giants

—One of the under the radar numbers from Sunday was the time of possession, where the Redskins held ad edge of 36:00 to 24:00. Their average time of possession per game this year is 31:06, which is seventh in the NFL. Considering they haven’t been able to run the ball very well for the most part that’s pretty impressive.

—The Redskins have been looking for either Matt Jones or Alfred Morris to take command at running back and neither has really stepped up. But the answer could be to hand the ball to Morris and pass it to Jones. Against the Saints and Giants (neither did much against the Panthers), Morris had 170 yards rushing and Jones had 176 receiving. Sure you need to hand the ball to Jones sometimes and pass to Morris. But figuring out a way for each player to do what he’s been doing best seems to be the logical way to go.

—Rookie defensive back Kyshoen Jarrett set the tone early when he clobbered WR Dwayne Harris, who was trying to haul in a tipped pass. The ball popped back up in the air and Will Blackmon, who had originally tipped the pass, picked it off. Jarrett played 63 snaps, some at nickel, some at safety. With all of the injuries in the secondary, Jarrett’s versatility has been vital. He’s been an excellent sixth-round pickup.

—Fans are pretty excited about rookie Quinton Dunbar’s play including his third-quarter interception. So was Preston Smith: “Man, I was so excited for Quinton. I don’t know if I might have been just as excited as he was or more excited. To see a guy like that work so hard and finally get an opportunity to go out there and play and then, you know, in a game like this to get a lot of playing time, a lot of respect out for him.” Excited indeed.

—Ryan Kerrigan is starting to heat up. He went for about a calendar month and a half without getting a sack but now he has three in his last two games. The fifth-year linebacker said yesterday that he felt better than he has all season, a tacit admission that he wasn’t 100-percent up until recently. Kerrigan was hampered by a knee that required an offseason procedure and then by a broken hand. His 6.5 sacks have him in the top 20 in the NFL, tied for 17th. The Redskins expect better out of him and Kerrigan expects better out of himself. Maybe this is the start of a roll that will help both him and the team reach their goals.


Today’s schedule: Players off, no media availability

Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Bears 12; Bills @ Redskins 19

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  1. Jesse - Dec 1, 2015 at 6:02 AM

    I think Ryan kerrigan wasent so explosive at first bc sub consciously he was worried about his knee he just had surgery on but now he knows it’s good so he’s putting the heat in now…and if I was a quarterback …I would always be worried about that man lol

  2. colorofmyskinz - Dec 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Wow. Dunbar really impressed me and made a believer out of me for player conversion. Great game for him! Agreed with the Morris and Jones mix and how to use them. Jones has great hands and he thrives on those screens. Morris finally got some yards after first hit (his standby). I have been waiting to see the first tackle broken and then Morris with his extra 3 yards after hit. But until now he has been a paper bag. Thank god he is back. We need him to accelerate to make this playoff push.

    Kerrigan. The “minor” procedure thing right before OTAs is not a good thing no matter how the coaches try to spin it. We saw Hatch last year with his “minor” procedure. How many of us bought into the he will be fine for game one?? We need to remember this come next OTA season and not underestimate these “minor” procedures to “clean things up a bit”. Not buying that anymore. That is code for if we don’t do something quick we will have a player on IR. That is a better understanding of “minor”. And “minor” DOES impact performance period. We need Kerrigan strong and ramping up vs. down.

    I feel like we have many players with early injuries that are starting to come around. We have a culmination happening at the right time. It is our time.


    • Mr.moneylover - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM

      You wrong it wasn’t the knee procedure that held back Ryan kerrigan it was the fact that jay gruden decided not to play him at all in the preseason when ryan kerrigan said he feels he needed to play to knock off some rust …he had the same knee procedure the year before and had a good season…its about him not playing in the preseason same with desean jackson

      • Rich Tandler - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:59 AM

        So don’t you think that since he would have play a maximum of 75 snaps during the preseason that he should have made up for that lost preseason time in a game or two? How does that account for a stretch of four games from mid-October to mid-November without a sack?

        • renhoekk2 - Dec 1, 2015 at 1:47 PM

          Rich, You have to know at this point that some fans will give Gruden zero credit for anything positive and all of the blame for ANYTHING that doesn’t go as perceived it should. Of course it’s Gruden’s fault Kerrigan didn’t sack anybody for a month. Who else’s fault could it be. I’m sure it’s Gruden’s fault the team cafeteria ran out of honey mustard sauce too.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Dallas will be a better test for Kerrigan than the Giants injury-depleted O.L.

    Shirley we can beat them without Romo, though?

    • bangkokben - Dec 1, 2015 at 9:27 AM

      We can beat them with or without Romo. The real issue is that Dallas is likely to beat itself. We simply have to facilitate the inevitable.

      Although only two games out of 1st place and two games left against the leader they are mathematically alive and should be seen as desperate and perhaps dangerous.

    • ajbus1 - Dec 1, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      Fair question. We’ve gotten used to our Skins letting us down in these “winnable” games. I think if we just can keep mistakes to a minimum and make sure Dez Bryant doesn’t get deep, it’ll equate to a win.

  4. Mr.moneylover - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    I think the rookie kyshon Jarrett don’t get enough credit the guy laid a big hit on Harris to make the ball pop up in the air for a INT…I do agree ryan kerrigan has gotten to the QB the last two weeks straight…now that this game is over all focus need to shift to Dallas…all I herd yesterday was giants still gonna win the division basically spitting in the redskins face for winning a big game if that can’t motivate them for Monday night i don’t know what will…the media should ask the players and jay gruden about that because it seem like everytime they get counted out thats when they show up and show out

    • bangkokben - Dec 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      Best case scenario would be that BOTH the Redskins and Giants win out. Then the Redskins win the division and the Giants stay home at 10-6 missing the wild card. Then the Giants can lament all off season how they let the Redskins get away with one in FedEx.

  5. skinsgame - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    There were times against the Ginas that Morris looked sharp. Quick cuts through gaps and he even dragged the pile like he used to. Put a string of games together like the last one and we’re cooking with grease.

  6. garg8050 - Dec 1, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Need to put 8 in the box and stop the run. Force Cassel to beat us. Breeland needs to have another strong showing against Bryant, and I would put Blackmon on Whitten. Need to come out fast and this time, when given the chance, step on their throats and bury them.

    • firesnyder - Dec 1, 2015 at 10:53 AM

      Terrance Williams usually catches 3 to 5 against us… if Breeland can do a decent job on Bryant and Witten is accounted for, Williams will be an issue. We need pressure on Cassel just like the pressure we had on Eli. I know the Cowgirl’s O-line is significantly better, but lets keep rushing 4. Lets not go back to that ineffective 3 man rush… its useless.

  7. redskinscaio - Dec 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    The other day I saw a poll to vote for the MVP of the Skins and Breeland was an option, I thought to myself, “really? Breeland?” And then I saw that he is almost leading the team in tackles, and that stat really got me thinking that he does deserve to be in the race for Redskins MVP.

    I can’t believe Baker got another sack. Awesome.

    One of the game balls should definitely go to Jordan Reed. Once again, he lead the team in catches. When he is healthy he reminds me of Cooooooooooley

  8. Nectarcollector - Dec 1, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I agree wth the Morris jones combo. What about putting both Morris and jones in the backfield at same time? Threat of screen or run at same time Archives

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