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Trent Williams held his own against DeMarcus Ware

I highlighted the matchup between Trent Williams and DeMarcus Ware heading into last night's game. I gave the edge to Ware, because Williams is an inexperienced rookie tackle. So in last night's game I focused on Williams to see how he would do. For a rookie, he did very well.

In the passing game, Williams did receive help. There was either a tight end beside him to widen Ware out on the line of scrimmage or a running back behind him to keep Ware honest. By forcing Ware to take a wider alignment, it gave Williams time to get back off the ball and get in front of Ware. When the running back was behind him, Williams had help high but needed to protect himself against the inside move. Ware gave him a lesson on that as he took an inside lane to Donovan McNabb on the only sack given up by the Redskins. Even so, Williams held his own.

Williams has great feet for a big man and is very agile, enabling him to get in front of pass rushers, as he did last night. I watched him block Ware one-on-one on a couple plays and he handled him. I saw him get up the field finishing blocks.

He also showed good hand-eye coordination. It takes timing to be able to get in front of a pass rusher and then see the opportunity to deliver the first blow. The initial punch on a pass rusher is the most important blow for an offensive tackle. It slows the momentum of the rusher, and buys time for the quarterback to throw the ball. Now, the rusher must counter that initial punch. On Ware's single sack, Williams was not able to stop the counter move inside. He will have to improve on this aspect of his game if he is to become an elite left tackle.

In the grand scheme of things, these are all things Williams will learn with more game experience. I learned that he is a competitor and won't be intimidated by big names or reputations. He reminds me of a fella I was drafted with by the name of Chris Samuels. Williams has a long way to go before he can reach that level, but he shows the promise and potential to be the same type of cornerstone player at his left tackle position as was Samuels, who made six Pro Bowls in his 10-year career with the Redskins.

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 13, 2010; 10:52 AM ET
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First to say that Lavar is far better at prining interesting articles than Jason Reid. Seriously, wasn't Reid getting replaced? We need Lavar now more than ever since Wise is completely un-credible

Posted by: Black706 | September 13, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Wilbon can't write facts anymore, he is completely consumed with his own opinion. Tracy Hamilton is unreadable and not believable. Thanks Lavar, we're all glad to have you back!

Posted by: Black706 | September 13, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sally Jenkins needs to teach Wilbon to reel himself in from space and say something practical instead of being lost in his elitist bias. Wilbon was happy about Haynesworth's actions and he didn't even have the story right. He thought it was a great way to fight back against ownership by not showing after taking a $21mil check. The clear reason no one shares his opinion anywhere is that no one has an ego like his

Posted by: Black706 | September 13, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Lavar your assesment of Trent Williams is spot on. I think the Redskins made a very good decision to draft an agile and physical OT than listen to Mel Kiper's drivel. His blocking on the one run play downfield made me realize we had a winner. Our defense had lapses in coverage last night that we cannot afford against the Texans. Our offense will get better as McNabb gets more reps and we need to put Devin Thomas on the field. The fade thrown to him and not Armstrong could have been either a TD or flag because of his size. We'll need him against the Texans.

Posted by: classicskins | September 13, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

What a great pick Trent Williams was - I see sales of #71 Jerseys going up - The block he made downfield in the first half to spring Santana Moss for a big play was beautiful - he rode th defender out of bounds and into the next zip code. Somewhere, I know Joe Jacoby is smiling at that.

Posted by: whelms1 | September 13, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse


I remember the Excitement I felt when you were first drafted by the Redskins. I only wish that could have lasted longer, but this was a great article! I'd love to hear more of your analysis of the game like this. We can all learn a lot from you!

Posted by: Veretax | September 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams was a beast last night. LaVar, love your insights.

Posted by: Company | September 13, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Dude, which game did you watch last night. Demarcus Ware did whatever he wanted last night. He had many tackles and put pressure on McNabb several times. Every time I saw Williams he was chasing demarcus Ware around the field. To say he held his own or performed well is blant homerism/

Posted by: parkman3582 | September 13, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: chopin224 | September 13, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: parkman3582
this guy is a complete moron. You obviously know nothing about football, and you're a cowboys fan. sorry your team couldnt cheat your way to a victory. oh and LaVar is the man! show kicks ass, article kicks ass, kicked troy aikman's ass. lol what more do you want?

Posted by: willfacc10 | September 13, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Very nice write up LaVar. Good stuff.

Posted by: msveasey | September 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

wake up lavar -- chris samuels was a sucker for an inside move throughout his career -- you think he never allowed sacks? Jeez!

Posted by: bestmick1 | September 13, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Good article LaVar, solid info and analysis not drama queen stuff like we get from so many of the other writers on the Post staff.
Keep up the good work!

Posted by: twpw | September 14, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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