- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Two weeks ago, Jason Campbell’s statistics stood at 4-for-13 for 48 yards, and he didn’t look close to being ready for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Giants.

Campbell finished the preseason Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars, going 4-for-6 for 33 yards in one drive of work during the Redskins’ 24-17 loss.

It was another positive step for Campbell, who went 13-for-22 for 209 yards last week against New England. The Redskins trailed 10-0 before Campbell and the first-team offense — minus three starters — got their first chance.

The highlights of Campbell’s lone drive were completions of 11 yards to Malcolm Kelly and 10 yards to Antwaan Randle El. Later, Randle El dropped a perfectly thrown Campbell pass that would have been a 39-yard touchdown.

“I felt really comfortable,” Campbell said. “I made quick decisions, and we were able to move the ball downfield, but the penalties hurt us on that drive.”

The Redskins reached the Jacksonville 28 before consecutive penalties on tight ends Robbie Agnone and Todd Yoder pushed them back 15 yards.

Campbell was pleased with his preseason numbers — 21-for-41 for 290 yards.

“We’ve been able to move the ball down the field,” he said. “There were some instances, like tonight, where we hurt ourselves. But I’m encouraged about how we have been able to move the ball and make some plays. It’s been a good preseason, and I’m excited to get the season started.”

Earlier in the week, Campbell expressed relief that the preseason was nearing completion.

“The preseason is a long time - it’s four weeks of preparing for games and we’ve played some tough teams, so a couple of guys have some bumps and bruises,” he said. “We hope to get everybody back healthy when it starts to count. It’s one of the most important games because it’s a division game and it’s our first game.”

It’s finally over

The Redskins’ first-team defense departed after one series against the Jaguars.

“Thank goodness,” defensive end Andre Carter said Tuesday. “This is my ninth year, and preseason is the nature of the business. It’s no fun. You want it to come to a close and you want the season to start. You take baby steps and you try to stay positive.”

Five sit out

As expected, the Redskins were without defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (flu), linebacker London Fletcher (foot), cornerback Carlos Rogers (calf) and running back Clinton Portis (ribs). Right guard Randy Thomas (rest) was a pregame scratch.

Rogers’ injury is the most concerning; his left calf forced him to miss all or parts of practice from Aug. 1 to 11 and the preseason opener against Baltimore. He played against Pittsburgh but hasn’t worked since.

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