Ravens’ rookie Timmy Jernigan has joined a group of strong pass rushers, and he’s managed to stand out. He spent a great deal of time disrupting the Washington Redskins offense on Saturday’s week 3 preseason game. He had every reason to be proud of his performance.
“I’d definitely say it’s one of my better games,” said Jernigan, whose NFL career spans just three preseason games. “After going back and looking at the previous two games, I was looking at little things I could have done different as far as getting to the quarterback.”
That’s the battle as a young NFL player. Jernigan isn’t taking his small improvements for granted, because they’ve granted him big performances. His sack on speedster Robert Griffin III was a situation where RG3 ran out of bounds to avoid contact. Jernigan never made contact with RG3 but he was credited with the sack. Don’t tell him that doesn’t count.
“It was crazy, because before the game today me and Pernell (McPhee) we were in the elevator and I was like, “Bro, I’ve got to get me one today.’ And he’s like, ‘Alright, it’s going to happen man. Just keep trusting the process.’ It felt good just to come out and do it.”
He will need to keep up that enthusiasm and sack-happy mentality if he wants to continue getting reps in the regular season. He has proved a valuable asset to the defensive tackle rotation, not just as a pass-rusher, but also as a run stopper.