Jeremy Jarmon facing logjam at defensive end
Defensive end Jeremy Jarmon is among the players who may be on shaky footing when it comes to making the opening 53-man roster.
Coaches initially asked the second-year player to lose weight and move to outside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 scheme. But Jarmon did not immediately fare well in the new assignment, so he was moved back to end and instructed to add more weight.
It would appear Jarmon is facing a roster crunch at end, playing behind veterans Vonnie Holliday and Phillip Daniels. But Jarmon is optimistic about his situation as final cuts loom Saturday.
"The scheme, and the things that we're doing, will make me a more well-rounded football player," Jarmon said recently. "I've played 4-3, now I'm playing 3-4. I think I've been playing it now for a month and a day. I'm just getting used to it."
Jarmon was unable to participate in organized team activities while rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The knee injury occurred in Week 12 of the 2009 season and cut short Jarmon's rookie year.
"When we were going through the OTAs, all my reps had to be mental reps," Jarmon said. "But mental reps can only take you so far. It's not the same thing. But now, I'm getting better."
Vinny Cerrato, then Washington's executive vice president of football operations, selected Jarmon in the third round of the supplemental draft. Last season, Jarmon was credited with eight tackles, including six unassisted, and showed promise as a 4-3 end.
Then came the regime change, however, and Jarmon had to adjust. Jarmon was a 4-3 end while at the University of Kentucky, but defensive ends in 3-4 schemes are basically 4-3 three-technique tackles.
"If you ask the coaching staff, if you ask the guys around here, they'll tell you I'm getting better," Jarmon said. "I've done the things that they've asked. I'm up to 295 after playing at 275 last year. So from a weight standpoint, there's some ways I'm going to be able to help them. Obviously, I'm not going to be able to line up at nose guard and buckle down for the run.
"But I think I can help this team in pass-rushing situations. That's what they want to see out of me. They want to see me hustle and make some plays on some screens. I've never played at this weight, and I've also never lined up and played three-tech consistently, so all of that took some getting used to. But it's getting there."
September 2, 2010; 9:24 PM ET
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