A week into training camp, it could be argued that left tackle Trent Williams has been the best player on the field most days at Redskins Park.Footwork. Speed. Strength. Williams has displayed it all.I feel like Im playing better, he said. But theres always room to improve. I want to be the best, not just better.After missing the final four games last season due to a drug suspension, Williams said he rededicated himself to football in the offseason by focusing on strength and conditioning training. For five days each week from January to April, and again for a month after Junes minicamp, the 24-year-old trained with James Cooper of Accelerated Bodies in Houston. Cooper has also worked with Adrian Peterson and Vince Young, among other NFL players.Its all paying off, Williams said. We did everything, including one leg box jumps. It all makes sense.Its a good thing Williams came prepared because much will be expected from the former fourth overall draft pick, who, to this point, has underachieved during his three season NFL career.Not only is Williams being entrusted to protect the blind side of touted rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, hell have to anchor a maligned offensive line thats already down two starters.Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the preseason after getting his surgically repaired knee scoped on Monday. Right tackle Jammal Brown is nursing an injured hip and is out indefinitely.Whatever dont kill you makes you stronger, he said.Yeah, we got a couple of injuries. But its nothing too serious, we hope. We know Kory will be back in no time. Jammals situation is a little bit unknown. But we cant let that distract us. We still have to handle our business.Williams said hes up to the task.I want to win, he said. I want to keep my quarterback clean. I want to be dominant.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and Titans tackle Taylor Lewan got into a widely-discussed altercation after Washington's Week 16 loss to Tennesse last season.
But on Thursday, Lewan said he's finally ready to let bygones be bygones.
Lewan tweeted he wants Norman to come on the "Bussin' With The Boys" podcast he co-hosts with former Redskins linebacker Will Compton to "settle our differences."
Judging by what happened last December, there are plenty of differences: Norman threw his helmet at Lewan after the latter approached him, Lewan later accusing Norman of trying to hurt Titans running back Derrick Henry.
Things got HEATED between Josh Norman and Taylor Lewan postgame. pic.twitter.com/HXCE6zRSzj— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) December 23, 2018
"I'm not worried about Josh Norman, man," Lewan told reporters after the incident. "I'm an offensive lineman, he's a [defensive back]. I don't know who that is."
"I was pissed. He was trying to hurt Derrick [Henry]. That's BS. That’s not the way football’s supposed to be played, man. It’s not our fault you’re not relevant anymore."
"Why would you come to another man's sideline?" Norman said of the dust-up. "And then after you won a game, you pick fun at the player that is relevant. You go out of your way to come to his bench, his sideline, to go at him in that kind of way."
"We're not having it. We will not tolerate disrespect. That's zero tolerance for that. That was the ultimate disrespect. You just don't do that."
The incident happened months ago, so it's about time the pair made peace. And as an ex-Redskin and ex-Titan, perhaps Compton can help mend the fences. But if Norman does accept Lewan's invitation to come on the podcast, we might be in for even more verbal fireworks.
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Considering how serious that November leg injury was and how difficult the subsequent surgeries were, any time you see Alex Smith out, about and smiling, it's encouraging.
On Thursday, the Redskins posted a couple of pictures of Smith helping out at the team's third day of OTAs. The QB was photographed hanging out with coaches and even tossing a football:
Alex Smith at day 3️⃣ of OTAs supporting his teammates. pic.twitter.com/vompSPRgxY— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 23, 2019
You can't tell in the pictures whether Smith is still wearing the external fixator on his right leg, but regardless of whether he is or not, it's still great to see him in Ashburn around the organization.
It remains unclear what kind of role Smith will have with the 'Skins in 2019. However, if he's willing, he'd be an ideal mentor for Dwayne Haskins and overall a positive influence on the entire roster, seeing as many players don't hesitate to praise the leadership he displayed in 2018.
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