For 10 years, Eagles fans had to deal with the dude in the No. 91 jersey on Washington torturing their favorite football team. That’ll obviously no longer be the case with Ryan Kerrigan recently signing with Philadelphia.
Now, Eagles fans hope it’ll be the sight of No. 90 that troubles fans of Washington and other teams. That’s the number Kerrigan said he’ll be wearing in Philly.
No. 91 obviously wasn’t available to Kerrigan with Fletcher Cox owning that number. Kerrigan couldn’t go with his number from college days at Purdue, either, with Josh Sweat wearing No. 94.
There actually wasn’t an open number for Kerrigan to chose from in the allowed range for defensive linemen, which is 50-79 and 90-99. The No. 90 jersey was recently given out to rookie sixth-round pick Marlon Tuipulotu, who now must find another number. With no openings, he’ll likely have to double up with a camp body offensive lineman like Harry Crider (No. 73). Tough break. [UPDATE: Tuipulotu will now wear No. 72, which is also being worn by UDFA offensive lineman Kayode Awosika.]
As for what the #JerseyNumberAnalytics bode for Kerrigan in No. 90? I think he can pull it off. No. 91 was a strong look for him and I think No. 90 will be OK. The number is probably more suited for a defensive tackle, given recent history. The last edge rusher to wear it was Marcus Smith in 2016. Yikes. Prior to that, it was Darren Howard from 2006 through 2009.
We’ll see if Kerrigan can restore some of the shine to his new number.
OTHER NOTES FROM KERRIGAN’S PRESSER
- Kerrigan said he doesn’t have a target number of snaps he wants to play and didn’t really get into how Jonathan Gannon plans to use him. He said he has experience playing both 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 defensive end.
- Kerrigan said he picked Philly other options because he had a great free agent visit. He cited the “energy in the building” being positive and good on numerous occasions.
- Kerrigan said he’s looking forward to practicing against Lane Johnson now instead of playing against him.
- Kerrigan said Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were among members of the Eagles who reached out to recruit him.
- Kerrigan talked about the importance of building “a culture of caring for each other” and how that’s what Nick Sirianni is trying to do. (Indeed, Sirianni has a history of emphasizing relationships and genuine connections.)
- Kerrigan says he was “often met with some not very kind words and gestures” coming to the Linc as a member of Washington but he appreciates that because it means the fans are passionate and care about the team.
- Kerrigan said he doesn’t think players can view the team they’re on as in rebuilding more because they have to go out and perform no matter what the case is. Kerrigan said people forget the Eagles were in the playoffs three straight years before last season and that was a big factor in him coming to Philly.