SANTA CLARA -- Unlike many veterans his age, Trent Williams doesn’t want a day off.
The 33-year old offensive lineman has not taken a vet day off since the beginning of training camp. Williams shared that isn’t because he feels an obligation after signing a record-breaking contract with the 49ers, but rather because there are elements of his game he wants to work on.
Even though Williams is entering his 11th season in the league, he has a very youthful approach to life. The left tackle is often seen dancing with Deebo Samuel during warm-ups. Williams’ desire to improve his game is another indication that he is not close to being done with football.
“I’m always working on something,” Williams said. “If I have something to work on, it’s hard for me to sit on the sidelines and not do that work. For me personally, playing O-line is an art. It’s a skill, so you have to continue to sharpen it every day.
“Especially early in training camp, knocking the rust off, it’s important getting in the work.”
The 49ers added a few new members to the offensive line room during the offseason, including veteran center Alex Mack. Like Williams, Mack has experience in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and is providing leadership and serving as a mentor for the younger players in the group.
Williams relayed that the chemistry on the offensive line has been been “fantastic” through several practices. Mack has been especially valuable in directing traffic on the line, which also includes starters Mike McGlinchey, Laken Tomlinson, and Daniel Brunskill.
Being as established as Williams is, it takes a detailed coach to be able to offer constructive criticism. Offensive line coach Chris Foerster was also Williams' coach during his rookie season in Washington. The two stayed in touch during their time apart and quickly reestablished their working relationship.
"Getting together with my O-line coach Chris Foerster,” Williams said. “He’s a wizard. We just study my movements close and he gives me a list of stuff to work on, and I just try to get them knocked out.”
Williams also looks to the defensive line to sharpen his game. While he has yet to face Nick Bosa in 1-on-1s, he has been challenged by the other edge rushers he has faced, particularly Samson Ebukam and Arden Key.
“I’ve gotten good work from all the edge rushers here at camp,” Williams said. “Luckily, not luckily, but Bosa hasn’t been in there, that’s a tough one. But even guys like Samson and Arden Key, those guys have presented challenges along the way.
“Both very talented in their own right. They are keeping me on my Ps and Qs, which is one of the reasons I haven’t taken an off day.”