I have been disappointed in Kerrigan this season and I am starting to question whether he will be a great player. There is no doubt that he is a GOOD player. He's not a liability in any aspect that I can see. I love his heart and his motor. He's very strong at the point of attack, too. Those skills will serve him well for his entire career. However, he simply does not affect the game the way a 1st round pick should and I don't see any explosive moves that would scare an O-Line. He NEEDS to get pressure on the QB. He needs to show that he's more that just Robin to Orakpo's Batman. The scouting report on him needs to be scarier than "Don't throw the screen pass to his side. Other than that, no worries."
Well, the game against The Eagles this week is his Moment of Truth. He will be facing a rookie Right Tackle who has been playing guard that last couple weeks or King Dunlap. (Seriously, The Eagles may be the only team to look at Tyler Polumbus and be jealous) If Kerrigan has any hope of turning into an elite player, these are the kinds of matchups and the kinds of games that he needs to OWN. Another game where Kerrigan is invisible (See: Panthers, Carolina) is simply unacceptable considering the matchups and the circumstances.
I'm rooting for you, RK! This is your moment of truth. Go get Foles and make those horrendous Right Tackles of the Eagles fear you.
UPDATED AFTER THE GAME.............
Kerrigan had a hell of a game. The Eagles clearly tried to take him away and that attention led to a lot of other plays being made by Jackson, Riley, etc. AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, he did affect the game by himself, too. Forced Foles to step up into the rush, was stout at the point of attack, and recovered a fumble.
Greta job, Ryan!!! Keep it up!!!