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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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Montae Nicholson says it was his decision to play days after death at his home

Montae Nicholson says it was his decision to play days after death at his home

Speaking publicly for the first time since missing practice after participating in an investigation into the death of 21-year-old Julia Crabbe, Montae Nicholson thanked the Redskins organization and his teammates for their support.

Nicholson, who played just days after Crabbe's drug overdose death at his home, said the decision to play in last Sunday's game against the Jets was difficult but was his alone.

"It was, without a doubt," Nicholson said of how hard the decision to play. "But, you know, at the end of the day, it was my decision. I wasn't forced into anything. It wasn't easy at all trying to separate the field from everything that was going on."

According to reports, Nicholson found Crabbe collapsed in his bathroom. He took her to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. Nicholson is reported to be cooperating with investigators looking into the victim's death. 

When speaking to reporters on Thursday, Nicholson asked that the media respect his privacy and said he wouldn't be taking questions on the legal situation. 

"This week has been extremely hard on not only myself but Julia's friends and family, as well. I would appreciate if you all respect my privacy while everything is going on," he said. "At this time, I will only be taking questions on responding to and about the Lions this week. I'm sorry."

He has practiced all week in advance of the Lions and is expected to play on Sunday. Diving into football, he said, has been a large part of his coping with the tragedy. 

"It's been rough, to say the least. But, you know, with my teammates and friends who aren't in the state or just aren't around here, the head office made it very well known that they have my back in everything that was going on and if I needed anything, just to talk or anything like that, they made that known that the door was wide open," he said. 

Nicholson said having the team's support means a lot to him. 

"They could've shut the door on me and turned their backs, but they didn't," he said. "And that just speaks volumes to the type of program I'm a part of. I'm extremely grateful to be here and to still be here."

This isn't Nicholson's first off-field incident during his time with the Redskins. He finished the 2018 season under suspension after being arrested for a fight outside of a Loudon County restaurant. Those charges were later dropped. 

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Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice understands why Redskins fans are frustrated, but he's looking ahead

Derrius Guice is a very positive person. Unfortunately, he's playing for a team right now that's shrouded in negativity.

The Redskins have played 10 games this season, and they've walked off the field as losers in nine of those contests. They've gotten rid of their head coach, and many are wondering how many other major changes will come.

And when it comes to the fans, many — if not most — are furious with the direction of the franchise. Guice is noticing that, too.

"It just sucks when I score, or someone else scores, and our team posts a picture to Instagram or Twitter and everything under it is just, 'Fire this, fire that, we suck," Guice told JP Finlay in a 1-on-1 interview on the Redskins Talk podcast. "That doesn't help anything."

The running back understands that frustration. However, he wants those who are angry to know one thing: While this current roster is obviously responsible for the 2019 issues, they aren't responsible for the two-decade-long slump that's affected the organization.

"I'm new here," Guice said. "I understand some of these fans have been here 20-30 years, but like, there's a lot of guys on this team that are new. Y'all can't bring all that negativity to us like we've been here 20 years. I don't think that's fair to us players."

That's what makes this situation so difficult for those on the field and those who watch those on the field. Fans have been on this unsatisfying ride for far too long, yet most of the players hopped on a stop or two ago. 

So people who post those hateful comments or send those angry DMs are doing so because they've seen a handful of free agency and draft classes bust, and because they've seen numerous coaches come in and fail, and they've been lied to repeatedly about how "close" the Redskins are. They aren't necessarily trying to take it out on Guice or Dwayne Haskins or Landon Collins, it just appears that way.

Guice, for one, is aiming to improve how he handles that side of being an athlete. He's also choosing to focus on those who've stayed on his side through what's been a tumultuous first couple of seasons in the league.

For all the negativity he encounters, he's grateful for those who remain positive like him.

"A guy that's been there two years and has only played two real games, there's a lot of fans that have still never left my side since I got drafted," Guice said. "That's something I always have to cherish."

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