While Trent Williams sat out four games due to suspension, Ty Nsekhe stepped in at left tackle and performed well in spots, serviceable in others. Somewhere along the way, the notion of Williams coming back to play guard gained steam.
On Wednesday, Williams was back at Redskins Park, his suspension over. While the four-time Pro Bowler seemed most excited to talk about his return to the field and helping the 'Skins in the playoff chase, he was asked about the possible position switch. Williams seemed put off by the idea.
Below is an edited transcript between WUSA's Diane Roberts - who asked Williams about moving to guard - and Williams:
DR: You’re the left tackle Trent, but there have been conversations about potentially moving you to guard. Would you be open to that if that was what the team needed?
TW: Where did the conversation start at is the question.
DR: You know how things are and that's why we're asking you.
TW: Coach never asked me about it or nothing. We haven’t had a conversation about it.
DR: Conversation is probably the wrong word. Rumors have been swirling about that potential and I just wondered if you would be open to it.
TW: Nobody’s talked to me about it, so I don’t really know how to address the rumor. I can only address the truth. Obviously I've done it before but that was some spot-work, patch-work, playing for a half. It’s not the same.
Williams did play guard in the second half of a Week 3 win over the New York Giants, and following that game, he made it clear he prefers tackle. Earlier this week, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he was happy to have Williams back with the team, and he made clear that Williams is "our starting tackle and he’s the best in the business."
It's hard to pinpoint the launch point for internet rumors, but between Williams and Gruden's comments about a possible move to guard, the notion should be laid to rest.
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