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Mike Williams Will Skip Scrimmage

Tackle Mike Williams is among the group of players who will sit out today's scrimmage at Redskins Park. The five-year veteran has been slowed by an abdominal strain in camp as he continues his comeback attempt, and Coach Jim Zorn decided not to test him today.

Williams, who has not played in a regular-season game since 2005, has struggled in pass protection while working on his footwork and technique. Despite his performance, Williams is the feel-good story of camp because of his rapid weight loss (73 pounds and counting since he signed with the Skins in late April) and good-natured approach in dealing with the media.

The Skins said Williams would be in contention for the starting right tackle spot if he could get his weight under control, and his determination has been impressive. Williams seems to be well liked around the complex and many in the organization are rooting for him, but players have told me Williams is not ready to challenge starter Stephon Heyer or backup Jeremy Bridges for their jobs.

One person in the organization recently told me he still believes Williams could be a significant contributor this season, and, obviously, time will tell. For me, however, I have to evaluate Williams in the context of what I was told about his possible role with the Skins. When the Skins signed Williams, several people with the team made it clear they thought he could help this season.

If the Skins had said they viewed Williams as a long-term project, well, that changes everything. Perhaps the person who told me that Williams could make an impact this season is correct. Stranger things have happened. I just have the feeling this process will be much longer than some around here initially envisioned.

I'm headed out the door to try to avoid the traffic around the park. My suggestion for anyone headed out here today: Arrive early.

By Jason Reid  |  August 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Posted by: DownTownClown | August 8, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Everybody else must be at the Training camp itself.

Posted by: DownTownClown | August 8, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

First

Posted by: mafreeman | August 8, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"One person in the organization recently told me he still believes Williams could be a significant contributor this season,"

I didn't know Vinny's mom was on the payroll now!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 8, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

i hope that we can get some type of stability this yr with the line instead of last seasons escort service to jc. i was hoping mike williams would be able to play but at least he has added years to his life by losing the weight.

Posted by: mafreeman | August 8, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I hope Mike Williams makes an impact for the Skins this season.

I also hope to win the lotto...that's my retirement plan.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 8, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Manu Manu the Slender will make it. I hear it from Largo that commemorative biggest loser coins have already been stamped.

Posted by: terlin1 | August 8, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

The thing is JReid, the game plan has changed. What that person told you when he was signed is what we call 'Wishful Thinking' that he could challenge for the starting RT or be a contributer.

The 'Reality' on the ground is he will not beat out Heyer, our STARTING RIGHT TACKLE, nor will he beat out Jeremy Bridges.

That leaves him on the wrong side of the 53-man roster......

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 8, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

The Skins said Williams would be in contention for the starting right tackle spot if he could get his weight under control, and his determination has been impressive.

That's weird Bean said nobody anywhere ever said Mike Williams was in contention to be a starter.......

Posted by: zjfr2 | August 8, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

He may be able to make an impact - not necessarily by playing, but instead by showing that at least with losing weight, which most people prove to be extremely difficult, anything is possible. Having that increased morale may just have an impact. Stranger things have happened. Beyond that, if he can work on his mechanics to where towards the end of the season he could become a competent backup, that would have an extreme impact by providing depth at a time when we'd need it most.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | August 8, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

To, pabrian2003

I dont root against the Redskins.. I root against the FO that cares more about merchandise and concession sales than hiring competent management. I have been a Skins fan for many years and more involved than most... But right now, its just rooting for burgundy and gold laundry.

If the FO focused as much on building a well managed football operation as they do on buying and thus controlling the media and eliminating critics, we'd have a decent team who is not in last place.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
if you want me to root against the Skins it ain't gonna happen, but it's a good dialouge.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 8, 2009 12:56 AM

skinns need a gm, [my responses]

"4th best rushing", if true, was because of CP.

[It is true and it was Mostly because of Portis who is, statistically, one of the best RB's in history]

The Redskins O-Line of waivers and cast-offs is not NFL caliber.

[amazing, to have the 4th best rushing attack with a line that isn't NFL caliber. Samuels (4 pro bowls?) and Jansen were both draft picks that played for over a decade. Dockery, too.]

Wait for Shanahan (possibly next year's new WCO HC) to develop an all pro O-Line like he did in Denver for the last decade.

[it's possible , anything is with Danny steering the ship, but I'll live in the now]

"4th best rushing" and we went from playoffs in 2007 to last place in 2008 standings. If no playoffs this year.. Zorny is back in Seattle as an Off Assistant.

[we also went from 2nd place to 4th place and from 10-6 to 8-8, from the playoffs to last place makes it sound like we fell off a cliff. we also lost the BEST player on the team in 2007]

if you want me to root against the Skins it ain't gonna happen, but it's a good dialouge.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | August 8, 2009 12:56 AM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | August 8, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | August 8, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

When you learn a new system there will be a drop off in your play. Joe Gibbs first year with the team was 8 and 8. Now I am not saying Mr. Zorn is a Joe Gibbs , But please lets give the man Mr. Jim Zorn a chance,PLEASE ! Go Joe Bugel. Coach em up !

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 8, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

mistamayor

"...If the Skins had said they viewed Williams as a long-term project, well, that changes everything...."


Even if that assumption were true, it won't change one thing: rookies and 5th round draft picks are '...long-term...' projects for NFL teams, not guys who've had their turn on the pro football merry-go-round and jumped off.

Complicating matters is that a team with a porous offensive line dissed the likes of Robinson, Loadholt, Oher, Britton, Monroe, and Sam Baker in '08 declaring them somehow not draft or attention worthy.

A blind man can see the disconnect in the team's thinking pattern when it comes to the offensive line: the hapless redskins go into battle against teams with elite defensive linemen and linebackers hoping older players and long-term projects will hold the fort.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 8, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

4th,

i think he will make the roster. just like the draft picks last year. i just dont think lil vinny will allow himself to admit that he made a mistake. just my $0.02 worth.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp09/news/story?id=4385175

"An estimated 6,500 fans showed up for the annual scrimmage. Soon after it started, a small plane flew overhead towing a banner that read: "101-187-1 ... HIRE A GM!" That's the Bengals' record since 1991, when Mike Brown took control of the team after his father's death."

doubt if vinny will fire himself and go back to being a scout.........but it sure would be nice........

Posted by: mafreeman | August 8, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"The thing is JReid, the game plan has changed. What that person told you when he was signed is what we call 'Wishful Thinking' that he could challenge for the starting RT or be a contributer."

Well said. But who is the cause of the wishful thinking? Is Buges overpromising, or is he being asked to overpromise by Zorn/someone else? And how do you support a long term project if they can't have a spot on the roster?

Sign Kendall ASAP. And then start shopping. The Skins usually have a list of FA numbers... Wonder what the o-line list looks like.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 8, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that Jason Reid's coverage since taking over for what-was-that-last-guy's-name? has been terrific.

Thanks to Mr. Reid and the Post.

Posted by: SteveMG | August 8, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Practice Squad for Mike is the way to go.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 8, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Better get some serious help for that o-line, or I won't be watching ANY football on TV in January 2010.

CHRIS SAMUELS scares no one anymore, especially because he's coming off that serious pec injury. DERRICK DOCKERY wasn't all that when he left for BUFFALO. He's-s-s back!!!! Remains to be seen how he comports himself as the supposed best player on the o-line. IMO, CASEY RABACH is the best REDSKIN player at his position right now - solid, oops, knee problem. Well, so much for that. RANDY THOMAS' knee is hurt - again, and he's barely recovered from that broken neck. I can't see him lasting at all. JEREMY BRIDGES is the best of the second unit however, and might be servicible in his slot. STEPHON HEYER is not the answer to the "statue" JOHN JANSEN. MIKE WILLIAMS already has a groin pull and that experiment appears dead in the water. You can't loose 80 pounds in four months and expect your body to hold up to the stress of playing NFL ball.

As for back-ups? CHAD RINEHART - plue-e-z-z-e-e!!! BUGES is blowing smoke sayin' he MIGHT be ready? Ouch. REUBEN who? Oh, never mind, out injured. WIL MONTGOMERY? ANTHONY d'BAPTISTE? DEVIN CLARK? Expect the REDSKINS to make desperation moves all along the line throughout the 2009 season. I'll bet SNYDER, and bag-man VINNY don't ignore the 0-line in the 2010 draft.

Posted by: glawrence007 | August 8, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Practice Squad for Mike is the way to go.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 8, 2009 11:23 AM
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It's a perfect solution, but unfortunately is not an option.

A: A player is eligible for the practice squad if he had no more than nine games on an active list in a previous season.

IMHO that should be a previous recent season.

I don't see why a rule like this should end a comeback by a guy like Mike Williams. But that's the rule.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 8, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"If the Skins had said they viewed Williams as a long-term project, well, that changes everything. Perhaps the person who told me that Williams could make an impact this season is correct."

Of course Williams was a long-term project; just imagine the stress his body has undergone in the last four months. He's just now to the point where he can start regaining his conditioning. The best we can hope for is he becomes a healthy, contributing member of the club somewhere around the middle of the season. Or early next season, provided he keeps the weight off.

He's a truly huge guy who gains weight way too easily and will have to control himself to keep it off. But if he does, the rewards could be great.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

i was hoping mike williams would be able to play but at least he has added years to his life by losing the weight.

Posted by: mafreeman |

Not only that but he's been dating Kirstie Alley.

Posted by: TheCork | August 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Practice Squad for Mike is the way to go.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD |

Based on what he's shown on the field so far, the only way Mike WIlliams will work for Dan Snyder this year will be as Sous Chef at Johnny Rockets.

Posted by: TheCork | August 8, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

If anyone knows what its like to all of a sudden lose a lot weight would know that once all the weight comes off its not like a magic potion where you just start feeling amazing and can go out and play recreational sports let alone try to come back and play in the NFL, it takes time for the body to get back to a comfort level and use to its new self so its going to take time but all you geniuses out there who haven't gone through something like that wouldn't know whats like

Posted by: hillb03 | August 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Larry - Mike Williams is practice squad bound. And I think that's a great look for him and the Skins. Anyone who thought a man could lose almost 100 pounds and still have enough in the tank to contribute was kidding themselves. This time next year if he sticks with it, he might be able to be a solid backup. But this guy should never have been expected to compete as a starter. If so, the O-line is in even worse shape than I thought.

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | August 8, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Just to remind everyone.... Heyor got schooled by average DEs last season.

If Williams can't challenge for a starting role, why is he here?

Posted by: oldnova | August 8, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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