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Edwin Williams: 'The story has just begun'

When Washington Redskins right guard Chad Rinehart went down with an injury early in the third quarter of Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, undrafted free agent Edwin Williams became the latest name to go through the revolving door and land on the Redskins' offensive line.

Williams, a former Maryland Terrapin, is the 11th offensive lineman to step into the lineup this year on a unit that has suffered a string of injuries. And with Rinehart out for the season with a broken fibula - the second-year guard underwent surgery on Monday and will be placed on the season-ending injured-reserve list, Coach Jim Zorn said - Williams may be the 10th lineman to start for Washington this season.

It would be a quick rise up the depth chart for Williams, who was among the surprises on the 53-man roster after impressing coaches during training camp.

"I feel like sometimes somebody is writing my story for me," Williams said. "The only thing that could be different is I just wish we could have won that game [Sunday]. It's different watching the game, but then when you get into it [the loss] hurts even worse. So I'm just trying to improve."

Zorn went with Williams to replace Rinehart over Will Montgomery, who started three games this season, because he said he wanted a bigger body to match up with the Cowboys' defensive line.

For Williams, a DeMatha grad, getting his first playing time against the Cowboys was special and on Monday he reflected on his pro debut.

"Well, to be honest I wasn't nervous at all, strangely enough," he said. "I am usually Mr. Anxiety. I wasn't nervous at all until I got to the huddle and everyone was like, 'You got to go out there and punch people in the face, play hard, keep your head back,' and then I was like, 'Okay, I am nervous now.' I was nervous. It took a while to cart off Chad. I think the first snap was pretty intense. It was so quick, it was so quick, but after a while I think I got into a groove and started playing a lot better."

Williams will likely be the starter only if veteran Mike Williams, a career tackle who started one game this season at right guard, is not able to recover from an ankle injury - though Zorn left open the possibility that Edwin Williams could win the job regardless.

Mike Williams said he hopes to be able to play in Philadelphia on Sunday and is "confident that we'll get back on the field."

No matter whether he starts Sunday, Edwin Williams said he is eager to build off his first extended NFL playing time.

"The story has just begun," Williams said. "I got a lot more hard work to do. I just played a half of football. There are guys that have been in this league for many years. I just want to keep playing and keep working hard and hopefully things will come out positive."

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 23, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
 
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Comments

1st to say I like his attitude...

And F Zorn's Dumb A$$....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

More from Jimmy Crackcorn:


"We know that we're struggling on offense, but that's what it is, and yet our guys continually fight," Zorn said. "There's never complaining on the field. Even in a sudden change, when we've had a turnover and our defense has gone back on the field, nobody's dropping their heads and slapping guys as they come off....I think the same way when a team goes down and scores on our defense, our offense just comes back out and we know we have to go down and score."


Um... What!?!?

Posted by: RedDMV | November 23, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This kid kinda reminds me of the guy Earnest Byner loved out of the Citadel a few years back.

He was all heart but always banged up.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Nehemiah Broughton

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Oops i meant the kid that broke his leg on Friday.

It's hard to keep track now.

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Note to Dan Snyder: Don't be enthused by the past 2 1/2 games. We still stink, our roster is thin (even before the injuries), and Vinny is the reason. Stay with "The Plan" - fire JZ, VC, and then butt out yourself.

Posted by: 1of9000 | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This kid reminds me of fresh turf they lay down right before the Monster Truck/Tractor Pull at the local hockey arena.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This kid reminds me of fresh turf they lay down right before the Monster Truck/Tractor Pull at the local hockey arena.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 23, 2009 3:58 PM

Nice work CL.

Posted by: mack1 | November 23, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Note to Dan Snyder: Don't be enthused by the past 2 1/2 games. We still stink, our roster is thin (even before the injuries), and Vinny is the reason. Stay with "The Plan" - fire JZ, VC, and then butt out yourself.

Posted by: 1of9000 | November 23, 2009

Mr. "T": "I pity this fool. Looks to be something to be roasted this coming Thursday."

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

January 5th can't come quick enough ... or is is February?

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

from the times:

CB DeAngelo Hall (MCL) may miss the Philadelphia game. Carlos Rogers would go from banished starter to at least the third corner if Hall can't go. It will be interesting to see if Justin Tryon starts ahead of Rogers.

wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:06 PM

Yes....Wow that he has to come back on the field....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 23, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

from the times:

CB DeAngelo Hall (MCL) may miss the Philadelphia game. Carlos Rogers would go from banished starter to at least the third corner if Hall can't go. It will be interesting to see if Justin Tryon starts ahead of Rogers.

wow....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse


Is there some trade deadline out there or did we miss it?

Can we ship Rogers to New Orleans for something?

A pick, a player, a bowl of crawfish...

Posted by: p1funk | November 23, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

So we lost Eddie Williams, Rinehart and Betts this week.

That gives us 3 roster spots to fill. Mason is one. Who will the other 2 be?

I say Troy Vincent and Steve DeBerg.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 23, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

trade deadline is mid-october, so thats over...not that you could get much for Los....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL etrod.

I say bring in the SFO OT. Nothing to lose.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 23, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I hate the all red uniforms.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 23, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika, Mason, and one more ... check with Ja La Ca as he seems to be in the know.

Posted by: periculum | November 23, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Fanaika, Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Fainaru-Wada

Posted by: 4-12 | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Suisham is a loser and thats why he missed those kicks and we lost the game!

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Carlos Rogers would go from banished starter to at least the third corner if Hall can't go. It will be interesting to see if Justin Tryon starts ahead of Rogers.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 23, 2009 4:06 PM

And if you're McNabb, who do you fear more -- Carlos or Justin?

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Bean

went to the Pats game yesterday with my son...chance to see a well oiled machine dismantle a division rival( ah the memories of days long past).....dvr'd our debacle..... heard the score and just laughed.....

Posted by: OriginalOldschool | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Zorn needs to go,let him learn how to coach while wrecking someone elses beloved team

Posted by: SkinsFan37years | November 23, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Running backs can be had via free agency and in the late rounds?

pick the back who meets this definition of of this season's rushing leaders:

1. Chris Johnson
2. Steven Jackson
3. Adrian Peterson
4. DeAngelo Williams
5. Maurice Jones-Drew

So you're an NFL general manager with old backs and a 'superstar' who's oft injured and doesn't practice.

Do you burn your pick on a potential star running back?

Yes.

We want Spiller, Best, McCluster, Royster, or Ford.

We want a speed guy who can return punts, kicks off, or 'take it to the house' off a smoke screen.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 23, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 23, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Sign Ray Brown. I think he's only 46 years old now. He's still better than these scrubs we're going to rotate each week.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | November 23, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

LB London Fletcher. Did not think he was all that good early on; engulfed by blockers, dropped an easy interception.

Posted by: TWISI | November 23, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

IMO, Fletcher gets a pass on his near-interception. He had jumped into the air to catch the pass, but Witten's deflection caused the jump to be mis-timed, and he basically was able to get only one hand on it. Now, MacIntosh, on the other hand . . .

Posted by: rbpalmer | November 23, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Nehemiah Broughton

Wasn't he a late round-7th round-pick.

Boy, he was a star.

Wasn't he?

Folks keep saying you can get a great back in the late rounds.

Maybe we'll be lucky enough to draft us 'nuther Broughton.

Goodness knows it would be a waste to spend a higher pick on a better back.

Or would it?

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 23, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

And if you're McNabb, who do you fear more -- Carlos or Justin?

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McNabb's not going to lose any sleep over either one of them.

Posted by: rbpalmer | November 23, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

And if you're McNabb, who do you fear more -- Carlos or Justin?

Posted by: League-Source | November 23, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'd say he fears Justin Tryon because his middle name is "Deaon" and not "Double Move".

As far as the roster is concerned I'd get that Alex Boone off the Niners practice Squad.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 23, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Watched Edwin Williams on his first two series and thought he acquitted himself very well. Seems like a hungry, physical kid.

Posted by: SkinsFanNYC | November 23, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Nehemiah Broughton

Posted by: elfreako | November 23, 2009 3:56 PM

is on the giant's practice squad... go figure!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 23, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

play the rookies. lets see what they have to offer. Williams and Heyer playing together will be two Maryland Terp free agents playing together again.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | November 23, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

PUNT zoron NOW!

Posted by: bhoang888 | November 23, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

a nice feel good story for a local kid, but can we get some analysis on if the guy can play? how did he do sunday? did not seem to do any better or worse than what we have.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 24, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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