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Need to Know: Kerrigan seeks consistency

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Need to Know: Kerrigan seeks consistency

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, July 30, nine days before the Redskins open their preseason against the Titans.

Kerrigan seeks to improve consistency

Ryan Kerrigan was asked yesterday what he wants to work on and improve this season.

The third-year linebacker wants to develop more pass-rushing moves to bring some steadiness to his game “I need to be more consistent in my pass rushing. I’m working on developing more countermoves,” he said. “If something’s not working, I need to be able to work something else.”

I think that many agree that Kerrigan needs to be a more consistent pass rusher. Data from Pro Football Focus backs up that point of view.

In the Redskins’ 17 games last year, Kerrigan was credited with a total of 68 quarterback pressures (9 sacks, 9 hits, 50 hurries). According to PFF he was the seventh-most effective pass rusher among starting 3-4 outside linebackers.

But his pressures came in bunches. He had nine against both the Saints in Week 1 and the Eagles in Week 16. But he had only one against the Falcons (he did intercept a pass and return it for a TD that game) and none in the playoff loss to the Seahawks.

In all, Kerrigan had seven games in which he had five or more quarterback pressures. On the downside there were six games in which he had two or fewer.

There was a five-game stretch in the middle of the season where he had only one sack. And his two sacks against the Eagles in Week 16 were his only sacks of the last six games of the season.

Of course, no player is going to have even numbers across the board for an entire season. There are too many variables such as the player’s physical health and the quality of the opponent. But you’d like to see a bit more consistency, especially in key contests like the playoff game.

It looks like Kerrigan recognizes it and is working hard to achieve it.

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Today’s schedule (all practices open to the public at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center)

10:00—Walkthrough practice, players available to media coming off the field

After walkthrough (approx. 11:30)—News conference with player TBA

3:20—Full practice, players available to media coming off the field

5:30 (approx.)—Mike Shanahan news conference

Garçon talks about being the focus

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Days until: Redskins @ Titans preseason opener 8; Final cuts 31; Eagles @ Redskins 40

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

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RGIII reportedly earns tryout with Los Angeles Chargers

Robert Griffin III's career resurgence in Cleveland ended following a lackluster 2016 season in which injuries sidelined him for all buy five games.

The Former 2012 Rookie of the Year finished the season 87-of-147 for 886 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions before being released by the team in March.

But the Redskins' former No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is not giving up on his goal.

RGIII will reportedly work out for the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Griffin III has spent the offseason working out with former Browns coordinator Pep Hamilton. According to Ian Rapoport, who spoke with Hamilton, RGIII is in very good health and is throwing the ball very well.

The Chargers' quarterback situation is as clear as any on the NFL. Phillip Rivers is the starting quarterback. He has been the Chargers' starting quarterback since 2006, and will be the team's starting quarterback until he retires or is traded. And despite Rivers starting every regular-season game for each of the last 11 seasons, the Chargers have no real plan at backup. There's career backup Kellen Clemens and rookies Mike Bercovici (Arizona State) and Eli Jenkins (Jacksonville State). That's it. 

Even if he remains injury riddled, RGIII does that have the tools to bat out backups Clemens, Bercovici and Jenkins.

But for now, it's a step in the right direction for the polarizing former Redskins quarterback.

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.

Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.

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An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.

Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court. 

Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.

This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.

The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.

Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.