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By Ishita Singh
Saturday, August 1, 2009



Days until the Redskins play the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J.

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When: 8:30 a.m. (open to the public); 2 p.m.

Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.

Admission, Parking: Free.

Updates: 703-726-7411


For rookie linebacker Darrel Young, Redskins training camp is a learning process. As an undrafted free agent, he knows that his chances of making the team are somewhat slim, but Young is using this week to become in sync with the NFL.

"Right now it's just a learning process for me, just to change and adapt to the NFL's ways," Young said. "Just being here [has] definitely helped me, just with the learning process, getting the flow of the game -- it's a different speed."

Adjusting from the college game to the professional level has been a challenge for Young. Though Young was a standout at Villanova -- he finished his 44-game career with 244 tackles (113 solo), 19.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks -- the NFL game is much faster than what he is used to, and Young, who stands at 5-11, 245 pounds, is still becoming acclimated with the size and skill of the players on the field.

"Everyone knows what they're doing, so they play a little faster," Young said. "Everyone is a lot faster and more athletic. In college, you have the one good guy and everyone else is a role player, whereas here, everyone else is good too, so that's what I'm trying to adapt to now."

Young said that veterans like London Fletcher had been helping Young focus on the field rather than just one player. The Redskins have a lot of options at linebacker, with Fletcher, Rocky McIntosh, Brian Orakpo -- this year's first-round draft pick -- as well as Robert Thomas and H.B. Blades, so Young said he was more focused on special teams.

"I'm just looking at a spot on special teams right now, just trying to help the team in any way I can," he said.

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