- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Training camp for the Washington Redskins began last Wednesday with one exception. While his new teammates were enjoying the last week of vacation, rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon started his game of catch-up.

Selected July 16 in the supplemental draft, Jarmon was several months behind his fellow newcomers in learning the system. So even though he remained unsigned, he hunkered down with defensive line coach John Palermo for a crash course in Redskins Defense 101.

“I benefited a lot from sitting down with Coach Palermo and looking at how they did the basic drills so when I got out there, I wouldn’t be making mistakes,” Jarmon said. “When we started, in my mind, I had already done those things.”

Jarmon has slid into the rotation at right defensive end, working with the second- and third-team defenses. During one play Tuesday, he quickly fought through a double team to deflect Colt Brennan’s screen pass.

It has been a whirlwind month for Jarmon, who entered the supplemental draft after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for his senior season following a failed drug test he blamed on an over-the-counter product. He recovered from the sting of having his career at Kentucky end to impress the Redskins during a workout in early July. The team forfeited its 2010 third-round pick to take Jarmon in the supplemental draft.

“I don’t know how he’s doing it,” safety Chris Horton said. “I definitely see him upstairs [at Redskin Park] when everybody else is on break and he has his playbook open. He’s doing things well out there, and if he continues to work he’ll be good for us.”

Said Jarmon: “Every now and then, I have a little mental faux pas and I’ll ask one of the guys, but I haven’t had to use too many lifelines.”

Jarmon has leaned on veteran ends Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn for help with the scheme and learns by observing the trio.

“It’s awesome watching those guys do what they do,” Jarmon said. “They’re hardworking and they’ve earned what I’m working for - the respect and a long career.”

Injuries mounting

• Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (left knee) was in full pads after watching Monday, and coach Jim Zorn said he’s “fine.”

• It was a tough practice for the offensive line. Right tackles Stephon Heyer (left knee) and Mike Williams (abdominal strain) and center Casey Rabach (left calf) were unable to finish practice. Heyer underwent an MRI, the results of which were unknown. Williams’ timetable for a return is unknown, and Rabach is expected to practice Wednesday. The Redskins may sign an offensive linemen after they created a roster spot by releasing defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna.

• Sitting out were right guard Randy Thomas (right knee), cornerback Carlos Rogers (left calf), receiver Roydell Williams (broken finger) and defensive linemen Anthony Montgomery (knee) and J.D. Skolnitsky (hamstring).

The Redskins practiced for nearly two hours, and the hitting picked up in the final hour.

“It was a very physical practice and this was the first day we had a chance to work on goal line and short yardage, and it’s always a challenge because there are tighter splits and guys are coming off the ball,” Zorn said.

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