Mike Shanahan addressed the status of defensive end Jeremy Jarmon today as the second-year pro prepares to return from a knee injury that cut short his rookie campaign last season.
"Well Jeremy Jarmon, the reason why he is staying at the defensive end position [is] we thought we needed more depth there," said Shanahan at his daily press conference. "He went up to 295 pounds, so he gained a few pounds and he's been playing well especially now playing that position a little bit. It's nice to get him back; he's healthy. I think it's always different when you've been out for a while to put pads on and actually get started, but it's been very positive and I think he'll just keep on getting better."
Jarmon was taken by Washington last season in the third round of the supplemental draft out of Kentucky. He played in 11 games, starting one before his season ended after he tore his ACL in a week 12 loss to the Eagles.
Being drafted in July left Jarmon facing a steep learning curve. He still managed to show flashes of potential in a week four win over Tampa Bay in which he stripped Buccaneer RB Clifton Smith late in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
After rehabbing his way back into playing shape over the offseason, Jarmon has packed on about 20 pounds of muscle so he can withstand the beating of playing defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
Initially, there was speculation that Jarmon would be moving to outside linebacker along with Chris Wilson, Andre Carter, and Lorenzo Alexander, but Jarmon possesses more of a defensive end build, and the added weight along with his athletic ability will make him a valuable member in the rotation of DE's this season.