The Redskins have elected unit captains for 2015.
Free safety Dashon Goldson will captain the defense; left tackle Trent Williams was tabbed as captain of the offense; and punter Tress Way will wear the ‘C’ as the special teams leader.
Goldson is in his first year with the Redskins but is entering his ninth NFL season. The 30-year-old was a captain in Tampa Bay, as well. Last year, DeAngelo Hall was the captain on defense.
Williams, the Redskins’ 2010 first round pick who recently signed a five-year, $66 million extension, has been a captain or co-captain since 2011.
"I've kind of gotten used to that part, being a leader, being the guy that a lot of people look up to," Williams told reporters. "Being the older guy in the locker room takes a little bit to get used to. I still feel like I'm young, but everyone looks up to me like an older guy."
Williams added: "I take extreme pride and honor in knowing that the guys voted for me to be on the front lines, to represent this team, this offense. So it's a huge privilege to me. I look forward to [relishing] that role and being a better leader than I was last year."
Way, meantime, won the Redskins’ punting job in training camp last preseason and then led the league in average yards per punt (47.5). In 2014, Adam Hayward served as captain.
For Way, it was a first time honor. And an unexpected one.
“I don’t know how long I’ll get to play this game or the accolades I’ll get on the field, but when Coach [Jay Gruden] called out my name that the guys voted for me,” Way said, shaking his head. “A lot of these guys, I’ve been watching them since high school or college. For the guys to see me that way …I was honored. It’s such an incredible feeling.”