Orakpo has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons, but he still hasn’t mastered his new position.
“He’s used to that three-point stance and used to just going and coming off the edge, so he has to be patient,” Orakpo said. “In my first year playing backer for the first time, it was kind of difficult playing in space. You’ve got different reads. So he’s just got to be patient and do what he’s been doing throughout the week.”
That’s what Kerrigan plans to do Friday. He realizes that game experience is the best way to learn, even if the early results are not pretty.
“I can’t wait to get out there and play,” he said. “I’m just going to try not to get too caught up in everything and play my game.”
Notes: Tight end Chris Cooley (left knee) and guard Artis Hicks (concussion) will not play against Pittsburgh, Shanahan said. Quarterback John Beck (groin) probably won’t play, but Shanahan said he hasn’t decided yet…. The Redskins released former Virginia quarterback Marc Verica and signed three-year veteran quarterback Matt Gutierrez.
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