Kerrigan's play surpasses Orakpo's at times

Posted Dec. 09, 2011 @ 11:54 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

On a conference call with Redskins media, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked about how rookie OLB Ryan Kerrigan — in his first year at the position after being a college lineman — "doesn't get fooled a lot," and it's true. The rookie has shown incredible awareness this season, especially with his eyes having been adjusted with the position switch. "Kerrigan's strong, he's physical, he's very instinctive, he's got a good feel for what's happening on plays," Belichick continued, and it matches what a scout recently passed on to PFW. The talent evaluator, who has watched the Redskins recently, said he believes Kerrigan is more active "in the entire game, not just pass rushing" and that fellow OLB Brian Orakpo, while a good player, "isn't complete yet." Kerrigan clearly isn't either; he still has his share of rookie moments, despite the positive plays. Of course, the observer also noted: "Now Kerrigan is getting less attention (from offenses). Orakpo is the guy who is doubled (more often)."