5 Redskins to watch in Week 6 matchup vs. San Francisco 49ers
3. LB Ryan Kerrigan
Preston Smith has gotten a lot of attention for the Redskins’ defensive success to start the season, and rightfully so. The third year man has gotten a sack in all four games thus far and has looked greatly improved from his 2016 form. His athletic ability is finally rounding out and it appears that he will be a threat for the team for the whole season.
However, Smith’s prowess has allowed Ryan Kerrigan to continue to go under the radar. Kerrigan, one of the most underrated players in the entire NFL, has been a force to reckon with to start the season as well. He has 2.5 sacks but has burst through to the backfield on numerous occasions to make huge plays. Against the 49ers, he will have a chance to continue that success.
Kerrigan is going to play against Trent Brown for a majority of the game on Sunday and that should be a winnable battle for him. Brown is a big, strong tackle but he struggles with athleticism off the edge. Kerrigan carries a unique blend of strength and athleticism and that could cause Brown some serious issues. He doesn’t have the technique to deal with a guy like Kerrigan and that could cause some issues for the 49ers passing attack.
Kerrigan seems likely to put a good deal of pressure on Brian Hoyer and that could do a lot to help the Redskins notch a victory in this game. If Hoyer is out of rhythm, he will likely turn the ball over a fair amount. That will be key for the Redskins as they look to move above .500 following their bye week.