Redskins rookie defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise for the team in training camp, giving Washington yet another dynamic weapon on an already loaded defensive line.
"He is actually a little bit further along right now than I thought he would be," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "Honestly, some of the things that he can do athletically help bring him up. When his mind catches up with his athletic skills, I think he will possibly be on the field even a little sooner than we thought."
Jarmon, who lost his NCAA eligibility at Kentucky earlier this year after testing positive for a banned substance, didn't get a chance to take part in spring minicamp or other off-season practices.
He said he made up for it by studying the play book and videos of Redskins practices. Usually a rookie's head is swimming on Day 1 of camp, but Jarmon said: "It seemed to come natural."
Woodson trying to rebound from shaky '08 pre-season
Andre Woodson entered the New York Giants' pre-season finale last season with 9:20 remaining.
On his second play, the former Kentucky quarterback mishandled the snap and the Giants lost four yards. Moments later, he dropped a shotgun snap on third down and they moved back another 10 yards.
When the Giants next took possession, David Carr was back behind center and Woodson was not to be seen again in a game uniform all season. He spent the year on the Giants' practice squad.
"There are no excuses, but I just wasn't ready to go in and I kind of got overwhelmed with the first play when I messed up," Woodson said in a story on the Giants' Web Site. "Everything from there kind of went down hill and I went down in the tank."
Woodson will get a chance at redemption in New York's pre-season opener Monday night against Carolina. He is battling rookie Rhett Bomar for the No. 3 QB job.
"I'm starting to get a feel again for what I did back at Kentucky and that's throwing the ball deep, making good reads and trying not to throw interceptions," Woodson said.
"I'm looking forward to just bouncing back from (last year) and putting up a great game," he said. "I'm just glad that they gave me another chance and they stuck with me and wanted to see what I developed into, and so far I think everything is paying off."
Around the league
Saints: New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley plans to serve a four-game suspension when the regular season begins because he tested positive for a banned stimulant. Hartley said Sunday he obtained the Adderall prescription pills from a former college friend and used them to stay awake while driving at night from Dallas to New Orleans for an off-season workout.
Texans: Houston's Rex Grossman is expected to miss about a month with a hamstring injury.
Cowboys: Receiver Roy Williams missed the team's second practice Sunday because of a sprained left wrist.