A Williams Return To Redskins?

A Williams Return To Redskins?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 8:27 a.m.CSNwashington.comNo. 17 Returns?
Is No. 17 coming back to the Redskins? No, not Jason Campbell hes staying in Oakland, but former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams seems like a natural fit in the Redskins front office after he left his post as Tampa Bays director of pro scouting on Tuesday.Williams was in his new post for just a year, having replaced Mark Domenik when the latter was promoted to general manager, taking over for Bruce Allen.Mark and I have sat down and talked about my future, Williams said in a statement. After a lot of thought, I felt that it was the right time for me to look at new options.Allen is now with the Redskins and Williams coming to Washington would make sense. Allen doesnt have a lot of his own people in the front office.Semin Heating Up
Its good to see Alexander Semin finally finding his late spring mojo playing for Team Russia at the World Championships in Germany.Semin scored a goal and two assists in Russias 4-1 win over Kazakhstan.Even though he was awful in the Capitals-Montreal series, the guess here is that Semin would have got going had Washington advanced to the second round and play a team that is not as sharp defensively. Just a guess, though.Carlson Still Playing
The Hershey Bears return to the ice after a nearly two-week layoff tonight when they start their AHL Eastern Conference final series against Manchester.Defenseman John Carlson is going for a unique hat trick consecutive Calder Cups to go with his World Junior Championship title.Its incredible, the things Ive had the opportunity to do, Carlson said. Just looking back on what Ive already been through in the last year and a half or so, its been great.This is most likely the last time Carlson will be playing in the AHL. He established himself with the Capitals this year and is undoubtedly a top six blue liner going into camp in the fall.Sign Of Things To Come
USA Todays Mel Antonen summed up the impact of Stephen Strasburg on the Nationals minor league teams, calling him a one-man stimulus package, for the clubs.After selling out stadiums for Harrisburg in the Eastern League, Strasburg has moved on to Syracuse of the International League. His first start drew a record 13,766 last Friday.When we draw like this early, it can be the difference between a break-even and a profitable season, Syracuse GM John Simone said.Harrisburg spokesman Terry Byrom told Antonen that Strasburg is responsible for a 15 percent bump in team store sales, bringing the total already to 100,000.

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Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

Doug Williams says Redskins will listen to draft trade offers but a trade up is unlikely

The Redskins aren’t in the quarterback business, so it’s highly unlikely that they will look to trade up in the first round of the draft on Thursday. But their phones will be open for business to move down. 

Speaking at the team’s pre-draft press conference, Doug Williams didn’t rule out trading up from the team’s first-round spot at 13thoverall but he doesn’t think it’s likely. 

“The chances of trading up might be a little slimmer than trading down,” he said. 

Williams said that the phones in the room will be ringing and that they will listen to any offers. But usually the team that wants to move up initiates the call and because the Redskins are set at one particular position they probably won’t pick up the phone. 

“If we were in the quarterback business, which is what this league is about, if we were in the heavy quarterback business we’d talk about moving up,” he said. “At this time, we can sit back and see what comes up if we stay at 13.”

The Redskins are set at quarterback after they traded their third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller for veteran Alex Smith to replace the departed Kirk Cousins. Williams thinks that the Redskins already got good value from the pick. 

“When I think about Alex Smith, I say we got the best third-round pick in the draft,” he said. “I don't care what nobody says. You can't get a better third-round pick.”

Because they think they got a good player, albeit an older one, with that pick, the Redskins are not necessarily looking to make a deal to move back and recoup that pick on draft day. 

Williams emphasized that in order to move back, you have to have a team that wants to trade up. Often that is easier said than done. 

“They don’t just call you to ask you, they have to get a player that they want,” said Williams. “At that particular time, they’re afraid that somebody else might pick him. They might call you to ask you if you want to move back . . . If we move back, that’s because somebody called us to see if we want to move back.”

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Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

Why the Redskins should take a serious look at Virginia Tech’s Terrell Edmunds

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the second episode above and more here.

Many Redskins fans are hoping the team secures a defensive back in the first round by landing a guy like Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick. But if Washington opts to address a different position in Round 1, there'll be a quality safety available in the middle rounds in Terrell Edmunds.

Terrell, the brother of top-10 prospect Tremaine, is projected to be taken in the third or fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As of now, the Redskins don't have a selection in the former, but a trade could change that. They pick 109th in the latter.

"Terrell possesses high end speed and explosion traits that are coveted for his position," writes "He has man cover talent against big targets and should step right into a role on the coverage units for special teams."

With D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson, Washington's starting safety tandem is taken care of on paper. Nicholson was injured often as a rookie, though, so depth is needed behind him. And their special teams have been leaky for quite some time, providing the Virginia Tech Hokie a place to make an immediate impact while he works his way into the defensive rotation.

It's a rotation he would likely feel at home in, too. Edmunds is more than comfortable talking trash, so if he does become a Redskin, he'd fit right in alongside the likes of the fellow vocal guys like Swearinger, Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar.