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Kerrigan's Confidence Building At Linebacker

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So far, so good for rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.

The Redskins' top draft pick recorded his first NFL preseason sack in last Friday's 16-3 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He pulled down quarterback Curtis Painter in the second quarter.

"It was third and long, and we needed to get off the field," Kerrigan said. "The guys on the inside did a good job of forcing the quarterback to step up and I was able to come across and get Painter."

It was one of three sacks for the Redskins' defense. And it was extra special because Kerrigan hails from Muncie, Ind.

Kerrigan continues to adjust to playing outside linebacker. The former Purdue defensive end said he felt good about his performance after the Colts game.

"I definitely felt more comfortable," he said. "We weren't out there quite as long as last week [in the Pittsburgh preseason game], but I definitely felt more comfortable and felt better coming out of the two-point stance this week."

Kerrigan's teammates have noticed his improvement as well.

"He played better than he did the week before," linebacker London Fletcher said. "The first game it was obviously a learning experience for him. The mistakes he had the first game he didn't make this game. He's just getting better. He was better in coverage this week as well."

Added linebacker Brian Orakpo: "I'm very impressed. He's a guy that's going to come in and help us a lot. As a rookie he has already improved from day one and he is just going to get better."

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