Philadelphia Eagles training camp: A silver lining for Ryan Kerrigan’s dark cloud

Ryan Kerrigan #90, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Ryan Kerrigan #90, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Consider this one of those good news/bad news scenarios if you’re doing all that you can to pay attention to what the Philadelphia Eagles are doing at training camp. One of Philly’s big-name free-agent acquisitions, Ryan Kerrigan, is on the shelf. That’s the bad news.

The good news is this. Despite the fact that the former rival turned ally’s injury required surgery, he’s only expected to be out for a week to ten days. You have to love how that sounds if you love this team.

The news on the Philadelphia Eagles star is a silver lining in a dark cloud.

As you might expect, Ryan Kerrigan is a big factor in the plans that the Philadelphia Eagles have for their defense in 2021. There’s no way that he couldn’t be. We’re talking about one of the great sack artists of this time.

In a defensive end rotation that features Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, and potentially, a young star in Tarron Jackson, Kerrigan can stay fresh and wreak havoc as only he can do when he’s called upon. This feels like one of those five-star defensive end or EDGE additions that the Birds have made in the past (Connor Barwin, Michael Bennett, Chris Long).

Those were decisions that worked out for this Eagles team very well, and there’s no reason to believe that this move won’t work out for Philadelphia as well. In 156 games with 141 starts (that includes postseason games), Kerrigan’s racked up 454 total tackles, 95.5 sacks, 26 forced fumbles, 25 pass breakups, and even three interceptions.

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Expect to see him add to those numbers during the 2021-2022 season. Thankfully, he’s wearing the right jersey now and is one of the good guys. Thankfully, this injury won’t keep him out too long. We should be able to see him in a preseason game before the Eagles are done with their slate.