With Brian Orakpo sidelined for the season, this is no time for the Redskins to feel sorry for themselves, fellow linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said Wednesday.Each player on the team's reeling defense must dig a little deeper and, according to Kerrigan, that begins with him.Through two games, opponents have scored 63 points and Kerrigan has recorded four tackles, the ninth highest total on the team. He has also recorded one sack. In the Redskins' first two games a season ago, Kerrigan had eight tackles to go along with a sack.I definitely have got to raise my game, Kerrigan said. I havent played up to my standards the first couple of weeks. With Rak down now, I got to make more plays now and really, really play well.Last season, Kerrigan occasionally benefitted from opposing teams double-teaming and scheming to account for Orakpo, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. Now, though, that extra attention could be turned on Kerrigan.If that is the case, so be it, he said. Im ready for the challenge. Im up for it.Kerrigan said if attracts more double teams, he anticipates that it will open up things for Rob Jackson, Chris Wilson and Markus White.Im confident they can take advantage of matchups if that is the case, Kerrigan said.
RICHMOND—The Redskins are making one more key contributor to their glory years a member of the team’s Ring of Fame.
When the Redskins host the Vikings on November 13, a plaque with the name of Bobby Beathard will be unveiled during a halftime ceremony.
Beathard becomes the 49th member of the Ring of Fame.
“His resume is more than impressive,” said Redskins President Bruce Allen when making the announcement.
And indeed it is. Beathard served as the Redskins’ general manager from 1978-1989. Perhaps his single best move was hiring Joe Gibbs as the team’s head coach in 1981. Gibbs was an obscure offensive coordinator for the Chargers but Beathard saw something in him. In 12 seasons Gibbs took the Redskins to four Super Bowls, taking home three titles.
Beathard brought in talent to fit Gibbs’ philosophy. He brought in four of the offensive linemen who became the famed Hogs, drafting Mark May and Russ Grimm and signing Joe Jacoby and Jeff Bostic as free agents. Prior to Gibbs’ arrival Beathard drafted Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk and in 1983 he took another Canton enshrinee, cornerback Darrell Green.
In all, Beathard acquired 12 players who ended up in the Ring of Fame. It’s about time that he joined them.
Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson sounds like his Achilles is feeling better and improving rapidly, but he's not so sure about GM Scot McCloughan's left hand. After opening training camp on the PUP list, Doctson said Friday evening that he expects to be back before training camp but must wait until he is 100 percent.
"I'm feeling good," Docston said.
Asked about the story that McCloughan hurt his hand punching a wall upon hearing the news that Doctson might be out as much as three months with the injury, Doctson laughed.
"I thought he was playing around but he was being for real," the rookie said.
Doctson said the three month report was just wrong.
"It was just speculation," he said. "It wasn’t anything to be scared about because I know my body. I know it's not that long [until I return]."
His actual return, however, remains a question. Doctson said he wished he could get back on the field immediately but he knows he needs to wait until his leg is 100 percent.
"That's the plan, try to come back as soon as I can. If I could come back tomorrow I would."
The good news for Doctson is that he is able to learn a lot being on the sidelines. It's also important to remember that with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Jameson Crowder, there is no urgent need for Doctson to play as a rookie. Not to suggest the team doesn't want his blend of size and athleticism on the field, but Washington is able to be patient with the rookie.
"I get to really sit back and watch Pierre, DeSean, Crowder, all those boys," Doctson said. "It's really a blessing in disguise."
Asked one more time about his GM's reaction to his injury, Doctson said he had never heard about something like that.
"That might be a first."
For the vast majority of his 12-year career, DeAngelo Hall lined up at cornerback. For many of those years, Hall was considered one of the best in the NFL. The former Virginia Tech Hokie made three Pro Bowls, his last in 2010, and has logged 43 interceptions in his career.
But now, like a lot of other players on the roster, Hall is working through training camp trying to learn his position. That position, of course, safety -- not the cornerback slot he played for a dozen years.
"I think he’s going through it," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on Friday. "I think it’s a totally different perspective at safety than it is at corner for him."
Last season was the first the Redskins saw Hall line up at safety, and the results were promising. The position change also allows the veteran to elongate his career, using his ballhawk skills from the back of the field. Not to mention, Hall showed a willingness to look from big hits from the safety spot in 2015.
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He’s just got to learn to see the quarterback and get in the right position, get his eyes right and then just trust what he sees and break. I think he’ll do that. It’s just going to take some time. Whether he’s a half-field player, middle player, covering the tight end, covering somebody out in the slot, whatever it is, he’s just got to get comfortable with his landmarks, his positioning and his eyes. And the more reps that he gets – he got 25 good reps in team period yesterday, not to mention the one-on-ones and the walkthrough – the more comfortable he’s going to be. We expect D-Hall to pick it up quickly because he’s that type of guy. He’s very competitive, very smart and he’ll do fine.
He’s just got to learn to see the quarterback and get in the right position, get his eyes right and then just trust what he sees and break. It’s just going to take some time.