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Redskins fans had plenty to get riled up about when it came to the team's rookie minicamp this weekend.

There was, of course, the first chance to see Dwayne Haskins operate in the pocket. Fellow first-rounder Montez Sweat impressed, too. There was even the son of one of the NFL's most famous underdogs in attendance. 

So in terms of buzz, Wes Martin's debut didn't come close to matching any of those storylines. But don't confuse a lack of buzz with a lack of importance.

It's not often that a Day 3 pick arrives to rookie minicamp and you can point at that player and say he has a serious chance to be the opening day starter. Yet that's the situation Martin finds himself in, as the Redskins currently look like they'll plug him, Ross Pierschbacher or Ereck Flowers in as their primary left guard.

He's not thinking nearly that far ahead, though.

"I'm just focusing on learning the system, getting acclimated and just pushing myself to be the best that I can," Martin said after Saturday's practice in Ashburn. "It's a big change, a big jump. There's a lot to learn, a lot to get used to."

Fortunately for Martin, O-line coach Bill Callahan will be overseeing his development as he looks to adjust to the pro level. The guard called his new position coach "debatably the best in the world" and is eager to work under him.

 

As for what Callahan will get in Martin? The 23-year-old assessed his own skill set and what he believes are his best qualities.

"Everyone always says strength, I'm just a naturally strong guy," he said. "I think I surprise a lot of people with my quickness and my burst."

Now it'll be up to Martin to surprise people and try to claim that key position up front for the Redskins. According to him, however, that'll be the easier part of this offseason. He's just thrilled that the draft is over and he can get back to grinding on the field.

"It's a relief, honestly," Martin said. "You finally figure out where you going to play, then you finally get there and get to play again."

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