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Haslett: Jarmon will get chance to prove himself vs. Dallas

December 17, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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Second-year defensive end Jeremy Jarmon has been inactive for all but two games but is expected to see significant playing time on Sunday. (Photo: Associated Press)

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said that second-year end Jeremy Jarmon likely will receive his most extensive action of the season when the Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Jarmon, whom the Redskins took in the supplemental draft last season, costing them a third-round pick in the 2010 draft, has been inactive for all but two games this season.

He entered the year having to play catchup after working his way back from season-ending knee surgery in 2009. At first, Jarmon was initially asked to convert from defensive end to linebacker, and lost 10 pounds to do so. But then the defensive coaches decided they needed the 6-foot-3 Jarmon at defensive end, and asked him to gain 30 pounds to fit in the 3-4 scheme.

Jarmon spent the preseason working to regain his leg strength, and during the regular season he was slowed by a hamstring injury. But he now says he feels strong and isn’t bothered by any problems in his legs.

Haslett and his assistants remained high on Jarmon as a prospect, but he was caught in a numbers game behind veterans Kedric Golston, Albert Haynesworth, Vonnie Holliday and Phillip Daniels at the left defensive end spot.

Jarmon continued to work while patiently waiting his turn, however.

“I don’t get frustrated,” he said last week. “I come to work, and just strive to get better every day. If I’m not playing, I guess there’s something that I’m not doing right in their eyes, so I just keep working.”

Jarmon’s repetitions increased in practice this past week with both Golston and Daniels sidelined with various ailments.

Haslett has liked what he has seen from Jarmon this week, and in addition to thinking that the Kentucky product can help the Redskins on Sunday, the coaches also want to see if Jarmon can be counted on for a larger role next season.

"He's going to play. He'll play some this week. He might play a lot this week,” Haslett said of Jarmon. “Again, still trying to win the game, but we're going to try to get these guys in so we can take a look at them."

Said Jarmon: “I’m always eager, so whatever happens, I’ll be prepared. I’ve practiced, I’ve prepare the past few weeks, and ever since the season started I’ve continued to get better. I’m definitely excited.”

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