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'I shot my shot': Adrian Peterson talked to Trent Williams and will now leave him alone

'I shot my shot': Adrian Peterson talked to Trent Williams and will now leave him alone

Trent Williams' phone is likely buzzing quite a bit these days, with texts and calls coming in from teammates, coaches, reporters and friends who are all trying to figure out what's going on and whether he'll return to the Redskins.

Adrian Peterson doesn't want to be one of those people who are constantly checking in, however.

"I talked to him about it maybe three weeks ago," Peterson told reporters in Ashburn on Tuesday. "I shot my shot. I know how Trent is, so I just left it alone. After we talked that first time about it, I wasn't going to be the guy that was going to pester him or anything like that... I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't come back, and if he did, I wouldn't be surprised. That's honestly where I sit."

No. 26's media session came hours after ESPN shared some comments from him where he explained that Williams' absence is affecting the whole team, especially the quarterbacks. He elaborated on what it feels like without him following practice.

"We've all been missing him," Peterson said. "He's a fun guy to be around. He's a good person in general. One of my real close, close friends. Not having him over there, it's been rough."

Tuesday was the first time in a few months where players and reporters converged in the Redskins' locker room at the organization's Ashburn facility, and Williams' stall was still there and still filled with his belongings. One can wonder how long that'll be the case, though, as he's apparently made it clear he won't rejoin and as other franchises are starting to inquire about his availability.

Peterson, obviously, hopes that Williams does eventually make his way back. The future Hall of Fame running back is excited to see what the Burgundy and Gold will do this season, but that excitement will inevitably drop if there's someone other than Williams starting at left tackle in Week 1.

"When you're missing the best player on the team, you're going to feel the effect of that," Peterson said. "It's different for our quarterbacks to sit back there and not know for certain that their backside is protected. When Trent is back there, you know that your backside is protected. It just brings confidence for the quarterbacks and for the running backs, too, within the run game."

So, now Peterson will join the many others who are waiting for this saga to conclude. And while he won't be hitting Williams' phone, you can bet he'll be checking his own, hoping to get the message that No. 71 is ready to suit up in D.C. again.

Whether he ever gets that message is still anyone's guess.

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2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

2020 NFL Draft to include virtual moment of draft picks meeting Roger Goodell

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent 2020 NFL Draft picks from experiencing the post-selection handshake with commissioner Roger Goodell, but that doesn't mean this year's draft will be completely devoid of that moment. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, EA Sports will create a virtual moment featuring Goodell shaking hands with each team's first-round pick to go along with a remote draft. 

In order to do this as accurately as possible, EA Sports reached out to a number of likely first-round picks to get an idea of how they planned to greet the commissioner the moment they were drafted. 

Each prospect will also choose a high school to receive a $2,500 grant toward its football program. 

Whether the Redskins draft Chase Young, Tua Tagovailoa or trade back, Washington fans will be able to see their newest addition virtually walk across the draft stage.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be anything but normal compared to recent years, though it'll at least have a few items like this to make it an enjoyable night for everyone involved. 

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How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

How to watch NBC Sports Washington's Mock Draft Mondays

It's hard to believe, but the NFL Draft is less than three weeks away.

To break everything down, both the Redskins and Ravens crews here at NBC Sports Washington will debut a special show, Mock Draft Monday's presented by Papa John's, on Monday, April 6.

The Redskins hold the second overall pick in this year's draft, and many expect them to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young. Several draft experts have deemed Young as a generational talent and a can't miss prospect. But there's also the option of trading down in the draft to acquire more assets, and a QB-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 could be a potential trade partner.

In addition to discussing what the Redskins will do with the No. 2 pick, the Redskins Talk crew will speak with newly-signed cornerback Kendall Fuller, Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann, and Miami Dolphins beat reporter Safid Deen, who discusses a potential trade with Washington.

A total of 26 picks in the first round will pass between when the Redskins make their choice at No. 2 and when the Baltimore Ravens make their selection at No. 28, barring neither side makes a trade. The Ravens have multiple positions of need, such as both the interior offensive and defensive line, as well as wide receiver. What Baltimore will do at the end of the first round remains a mystery.

In NBC Sports Washington's latest Mock Draft, the Redskins unsurprisingly select Young at No. 2 while the Ravens nab Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray.

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NBCSW's Mock Draft Mondays: How to watch

What: Mock Draft Mondays presented by Papa John's

When: Monday, April 6

Time: 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Channel: NBC Sports Washington (channel finder

Redskins Talent: JP Finlay, Julie Donaldson, Pete Hailey, Brian Mitchell, and Mitch Tischler

Ravens Talent: Andrew Gillis and Jordan Giorgio

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