Football is one of the few sports where you will be condemned and criticized for ONLY doing what’s required. For the last two or so months the Redskins have facilitated “players only” mini-camps. It goes without saying that due to the lockout there are no coaches. In these camps, the Redskins have had as many as 40+ players in attendance, including numerous rookies. However, among the glaring absences is last year’s prize pick – Trent Williams.
According to a story by Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Williams said this in regards to his absence:
“I kind of had my hands tied,” Williams said. “But I figure as long as I’m getting work in and am making sure I’m ready. I’ve been trimming down a little bit, focusing on total body strength, and I started back [doing squats] this offseason, which I hadn’t done since my sophomore year, to get my explosiveness in my legs back. I feel great.”
But players have gone on record saying he should be there. There have been three opportunities for him to rally with his team and he has not. Is this a huge deal? No. No player is expected to go, but Williams has a long way to go as far as his development. Though he showed flahes of what he could become, he is certainly not there.
If anyone has anything to prove, it is the one with whom much was invested in. Williams must bring it to prove he is the talent who was drafted fourth overall.