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Trent Williams missed Redskins OTAs to get in 'ultimate shape'

Trent Williams missed Redskins OTAs to get in 'ultimate shape'

The Redskins conducted 10 OTAs over the course of three weeks in May and June.

As the offense ran plays against the defense for the first time this year, Trent Williams was absent. The Pro Bowl left tackle and team captain did not attend a single voluntary (but attendance strongly encouraged) practice.

Williams did show up at Redskins Park for minicamp last week. He joined Larry Michael on Redskins Nation on CSN and talked about why he was not present at OTAs, acknowledging that he did miss some things by not being in Ashburn.

“It’s one of those decisions that’s kind of tough,” he said. “You’re away from your teammates and you don’t really get to be there when you welcome all the new people onto the team. But it’s one of those things where you’ve got to realize the best version of me is best for the team. If what I do down there makes me, continues to propel me to be a better me, then I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do because at the end of the day the team benefits from it.”


Williams was not hanging out on a beach or out fishing somewhere. He was working out at a facility he helped establish in Houston.

The CBA rules allow players to be at the team facility for no more than six hours per day. Take away time spent preparing for practice, conducting a walkthrough, practicing, showering and changing after practice, and going to meetings and you have little time left for conditioning.

As he approaches his age 29 season, Williams believes that the most important thing for him at this stage of his career is conditioning work and a lot of it.

“One of the things that goes into it, working out at my place in Houston, I can work out for three or four hours and just get lost in the gym,” said Williams. “Here, you’ve got a certain time frame where coaches have to be hands off, everybody’s got to be out of the building. And the work you put in on a personal level is a little more extensive. What you can do as a group, given that not everybody is on the same conditioning level as me, it’s a little more vague. And me, I can be as aggressive as I want. I start training and I push myself until I have to be back and then take another five weeks, push myself, and then when I come back into camp, try to be in ultimate shape.”


Note that Williams is going to resume his workout regime this week and continue it until the start of training camp. There will be plenty of reps for him to adapt to any new wrinkles that may have been installed in Jay Gruden’s offense, a system he has played in for three years.  

If being in “ultimate shape” keeps him from wearing down due to nagging injuries like the ones that slowed him down and late in 2014 and 2015 (a four-game suspension in games 9-12 last year prevented that issue last year) the team will indeed benefit more than it would to have him there to run some plays in May and June.

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Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Redskins365 Episode 1: The Future Starts Now

Over the 2019 offseason, the Washington Redskins periodically released episodes to a new series called "Redskins 365". Here, viewers can get an all-access look into all the important moments leading up to the 2019-20 season. In episode 1 titled "The Future Starts Now" the Redskins begin their journey toward improvement following the conclusion of the 2018-19 campaign.

The episode begins immediately following the disappointing end to Washington's season as players participated in locker cleanout day. A somewhat somber atmosphere, the likes of Shaun Dion Hamilton, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams reflect on the season and look ahead to 2019.

Following that, it's on to the additions and changes on the coaching staff. Head coach Jay Gruden gives his thoughts on new defensive staff hirings Ray Horton and Rob Ryan as well as Kevin O'Connell's jump to offensive coordinator. Ryan and O'Connell also explain their excitement for next season in their respective roles.

With the coaching staff puzzle becoming clear, the episode transitions to the NFL Combine. Gruden along with Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, President Bruce Allen and Director of College Scouting Kyle Smith take you through the Combine process. Discussions about the interview process and what the Redskins are looking for in players give insight into how evaluations are done. 

The Combine portion has a heavy focus on players Kyler Murray, D.K. Metcalf and Montez Sweat among others. Released on March 20, one can see and hear from Sweat before the idea of him becoming a Redskin came to fruition and listen to Metcalf's thoughts on Jay Gruden.

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Englehart also makes an appearance, discussing his viral moment with Ed Oliver at the combine and the fraternity-type bond conditioning coaches in the NFL share.

Washington's journey toward success in 2019 began the moment the clock ran out on the 2018 season. Episode 1 of "Redskins365" picks up right in that preliminary stage.


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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.

The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp. 

Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap. 

Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey. 

Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.