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Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan warm to Pro Bowl changes

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Redskins Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Kerrigan approves of how the NFL and NFLPA changed the format of the league’s annual all-star game.

Starting with the 2014 game, it’s no longer a matchup of teams representing the two conferences. Instead, voting by fans, coaches and players will determine Pro Bowl rosters without regard to conference. The two leading vote getters will serve as captains and pick teams.

“I think it’s cool,” said Kerrigan, who made the Pro Bowl as an alternate last year in his second NFL season. “It’s the same incentives for players. It’s the same kind of system in terms of voting. I think it adds a little excitement both for the players and the fans.”

Kerrigan likes the opportunity to get to know players from the AFC better. He also likes the elimination of kickoffs.

“That just goes to show you the continued emphasis on player safety,” he said.

Another change: defenses now can play zone and Cover-2 instead of being limited to man-to-man.

“It would make me have to learn a little more throughout the week,” Kerrigan said with a laugh. “It was pretty simple, just cover the tight end down the field. It seems that’s what I did all game.”

 

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