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Foerster's offensive line comes into focus with addition of Trent Williams


It's safe to say that one very happy man today is Chris Foerster, the Redskins' offensive line coach. He appeared at Trent Williams' introductory press conference this afternoon at Redskins Park and explained why he thinks the Oklahoma tackle is such a good pick-up for Washington.

Foerster explained that as coaches evaluated the top line prospects, Williams separated himself from the pack. "He's a tremendous athlete. I'm trying to think back on the last guy I evaluated as a first-round back that ran under 4.9," he said. "4.88
was, I think,one of his average times. He's just a really, really good athlete. he's got good foot speed, got good athletic ability. He bends well, flexibility, there's just a lot of things that stands out for a big guy at 315 pounds -- so much athletic ability really stands out."

Though Williams played only his final season at left tackle and some have suggested he might need to start on the right side, Foerster said left tackle "is a natural position for him." Asked who his starting right tackle will be, Foerster noted that Artis Hicks closed the first minicamp holding down the spot. He said coaches haven't yet discussed where Stephon Heyer might fit into the equation.

As of today, you can pencil in the team's starting offensive line as this: Williams, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Mike Williams and Hicks.

As Redskins fans noticed last year, when injuries start piling up, linemen need to be flexible, as they could find themselves lining up at a couple different spots over the course of the year. Redskins coaches love Williams' versatility.

"Sometimes you see a guy as an athlete and you look at him and you say, is he really this athletic or is it just because of the one position? ...You see the guy playing right tackle, left tackle, center, you see him do it all," Foerster said. "You see, boy, the
athleticism that you see at the Combine and on the tape, it shows up in his ability to play other positions. It just verifies what you kind of knew about him as an athlete already."

There's a long list of attributes that especially impressed Redskins coaches, and some of them might seem like foreign concepts to fans who closely watched the team's line play last season.

"I see his ability in the running game to get out quickly on edge players, his ability on the backside to chase down linebackers because of his foot speed, his ability to catch a backside defensive lineman if you're running away from him, his ability to pull in open space, his ability on his pass sets to get on edge pressure on wide rushers because of the foot speed and athleticism, his ability to recover from bad situations because he's a better athlete. All those things," Foerster said. "The list goes on. The better the athlete, the better the foot speed, the better the quickness -- the easier those things become."

Foerster didn't seem concerned with Williams' strength but noted that there's plenty of work to be done still.

"Every part of his game will have to be worked on," he said. "That's just part of becoming a professional football player and the challenges that come every week. He's got a lot to do, as every guy does that enters the league."

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft , Offensive line , Trent Williams  
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Comments

Well we better get more than Trent SBG, but I'm very happy about this pick.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | April 23, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

more updates on the trade with NO...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 3:34 PM

Greg - any legs to this besides here and PFT?

I'd be happy with AH for Brown and #64. We need TWO tackles and the best man will play LT.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

First to say priority number one is drafting for O-line depth.

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

let's hope he gets his tail in the gym and bulks up just a bit, and keeps his head in the playbook and gets the calls and chemistry down with the rest of the line. He has the potential, I'm just a little worried about his work ethic now that he just got big time paid.

Posted by: Neverender84 | April 23, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I have a nutsy idea. why dont we just hold onto AH instead of giving away by far the most dominate player on our roster...

Posted by: Stu27 | April 23, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"Though Williams played only his final season at left tackle and some have suggested he might need to start on the right side,..."


If the team had added a solid vet left tackle, this would be a great idea.

But we didn't, so Williams gets to cut his chops against Osi, Mr. Ware, fellow rookie Graham, J Tuck, D Freeney, T Cole, and the unrealistic expectations of Redskin Nation.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Get him in the weight room. Coach him up on technique and football acumen. Put him at LT and forget about him for the next 10-12 years.

It's really that simple.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

* * *

Agree.

Posted by: manlius1 | April 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I have a nutsy idea. why dont we just hold onto AH instead of giving away by far the most dominate player on our roster...

Posted by: Stu27 | April 23, 2010 3:50 PM

Cause I'd rather have a Top 10 tackle and a 2nd round talent on our team than overpaying even more for a guy with a bad attitude who only will play in 3/4 of our games and go down with an injury/get wheeled off/suck oxygen in most of them.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

But we didn't, so Williams gets to cut his chops against Osi, Mr. Ware, fellow rookie Graham, J Tuck, D Freeney, T Cole, and the unrealistic expectations of Redskin Nation.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 3:53 PM

you're right, next year could be rough... but we're hoping he develops into a longer-term solution.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | April 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...
Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 3:52 PM |

I asked this and then got beeped:
Can anyone tell me why the Saints are supposedly “shopping” their pro bowl tackle? Not trying to start any arguments, just want to know if this has something to it or not….

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1
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and some cash back?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | April 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

pepper5

"First to say priority number one is drafting for O-line depth."


Agreed.

The fourth rounder should be right tackle.

A inside linebacker type would suffice as well.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

4th, Dallas is the opening game on Sunday night.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 3:45 PM

Good ish!

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

A 2nd and Jamaal Brown for Haynesworth?

*[In the Arnuld]*

Duewitt, ca'mahn, DUEWITT NOW!!!!

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Lord Grwilliams and NO might never lose if they get AH though... That DLine and blitz scheme looked scary good in the playoffs esp.

Posted by: Stu27 | April 23, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

dl, brown was on ir last year, and bushrod stepped in and played very well in his place...not to mention that brown had his foot amputated, as well.

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

They know they can get some decent OL depth with some potential future starters in the later rounds.

It is strange (at least to me) to think that most of the disgruntled players are on the defensive side of the ball. Rogers, (perhaps not anymore), Landry, Haynesworth, MacIntosh, and I guess Andre Carter is now okay with things ... but even he?

Posted by: periculum | April 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

all this talk about Williams' versatility seems like rubbish to me. If you've got a top LT, you don't even think about moving him -- unless you get a left handed QB.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Anybody here have a Cricket Wireless Phone? Can you vouch for their service?

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

aaah. Thanks Greg. Looks like some posters on a Saints blog are running things.

TRADE COOLEY!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I have a nutsy idea. why dont we just hold onto AH instead of giving away by far the most dominate player on our roster...

Posted by: Stu27 | April 23, 2010 3:50 PM

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

I think in this situation, the Skins would get another quality Olman, and would be able to look at another position that should bring a starter/playmaker. Maybe T Cody could be the choice or perhaps a mulit-purpose player like D. McCluster.

Posted by: TWISI | April 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me why the Saints are supposedly “shopping” their pro bowl tackle? Not trying to start any arguments, just want to know if this has something to it or not….


Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 23, 2010 3:56 PM

Cause they have other guys who proved they can play LT. Brown was out last year and they still won the SB.

Posted by: skinswest | April 23, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

bean

"...if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought..."

Having Brown would allow you to move Williams to rt, Hicks to rg, and the 2nd rounder becomes a solid linebacker or c/g type.

Is moving AH worth that?

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I haven't followed the pursuit of a white bronco this closely since 1994. Looks like they caught him, if the headset fits you must acquit...

Posted by: RomoShortball | January 4, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Tebow is becoming the most talked about White Bronco since the OJ chase.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 23, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

biter.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | April 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

moe, I think it might be...I think if its just AH, then you might have to make that happen, getting JBrown, is a coup, and the 2nd rounder makes it a win

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think in this situation, the Skins would get another quality Olman, and would be able to look at another position that should bring a starter/playmaker. Maybe T Cody could be the choice or perhaps a mulit-purpose player like D. McCluster.

Posted by: TWISI | April 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

WOW. Have you ever seen Mt Cody. if peeps complain about AH being out of shape then you all would have a field day with this cat...

Posted by: Stu27 | April 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

yes indeed frak!

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | April 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but Bugel was a big problem last year. The game passed him by about 10 years ago. The O line will be fine now.

Posted by: astrober1 | April 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I haven’t heard much about this Jamaal Brown….can someone tell my why the Saints are shopping him (supposedly)?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | April 23, 2010 3:29 PM

Jammal (two Ls, one A) Brown is a Saints Pro Bowler LT. Like Campbell, Rogers, McIntosh, he's RFA. This past year, he messed up his hip or thigh or some such and the Saints' #3 guy, Jermon Bushrod (of TOWSON!) filled in quite capably ... like enough to get them into the Super Bowl.

Brown becomes redundant (or Bushrod does ... but he has more time left on his contract).

Posted by: dcsween | April 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

But we didn't, so Williams gets to cut his chops against Osi, Mr. Ware, fellow rookie Graham, J Tuck, D Freeney, T Cole, and the unrealistic expectations of Redskin Nation.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 3:53 PM

you're right, next year could be rough... but we're hoping he develops into a longer-term solution.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo

What?!!! How dare people intrude with a reality check!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 23, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: League-Source | April 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 3:53 PM

If it was that simple, Heyer would be a starting tackle and he was learning from the best. Foerster may be good but he is no Alex Gibbs or Bugel.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | April 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but Bugel was a big problem last year. The game passed him by about 10 years ago. The O line will be fine now.

Posted by: astrober1


Buges was great for this organization for a number of years.

With that said I agree 100%!

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

AH is a typical Danny/Vinnie get. Over the hill, overrated and over paid. Did he even play one complete series last year? Most of the time he looked gassed by the second play, faked injuries and otherwise stunk up the place. Who cares what he once did? Get him out of here for whatever you can get.

Posted by: annegreen | April 23, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"Tebow’s Draft Magic"
By LYNN ZINSER 12:54 PM ET

Columnists question the logic of selecting Florida quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round, with one saying the Broncos wore the draft’s clown suit.

Damn right the broncos wasted a pick--and a very valuable one.

If you already have the disappointing but conventional B Quinn on your roster as a back up, how does T Tebow fit in?

If the broncos somehow disapppoint, J McDaniels might find himself on the clock.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 23, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

You guys are all CRAZY. They would trade AH straight up for #64 or straight up for Jammal Brown RIGHT NOW. There is no way they would get both. NO WAY. Old buddy La Confora is even saying now they might even settle for a 3rd rounder for AH. So please stop saying they are getting Brown and 64 for AH.

Posted by: Skins2619 | April 23, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but Bugel was a big problem last year. The game passed him by about 10 years ago. The O line will be fine now.

Posted by: astrober1

There might be more than smidgen of truth in that

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 23, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

stu, if they can pick up Jammall Brown, and a 2nd round pick, then I think you have to at least give this some serious thought...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 3:52 PM

I don't think it would happen that way ... I suspect that the Skins would need to give up more to get a pick as well. Its easy to see the exceptional nature of Haynesworth because of the position he plays. A beastly DT draws double teams, stops rushers in the backfield in short yardage, makes sacks, etc. I don't think people notice outstandingness in offensive linemen. The really great ones, you don't notice ... because when they do an outstanding job, nothing happens. [If they suck, you see that right away.] As Haynesworth is to defensive tackles, Brown is to offensive tackles ... but Brown is younger.

For Brown and a 2nd round pick, Skins would need to give up more than Haynesworth.

Posted by: dcsween | April 23, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I was just watching ESPN News a minute ago, and I think it was Ed Werder who was outside the Saints war/draft room and he was talking about the 32nd pick from last night CB Patrick Robinson and LT Jamal Brown being part of some trade involving AH. He was about to say how close the deal was to maybe getting done but he was cut short by the Rams introducing Sam Bradford. I was trying to see if it was any truth to that rumor. I read some post on here about maybe Brown amd the 64th overall pick for Haynesworth, me personally I would take the 2 players and a 3rd round pick. But I guess we will see come later on tonight.

Posted by: robbkels | April 23, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

hate to say it, but Bugel was a big problem last year. The game passed him by about 10 years ago. The O line will be fine now.

Posted by: astrober1


Buges was great for this organization for a number of years.

With that said I agree 100%!

=============================

I hate to agree but I have to. More and more was written and said that he was the source of many of the problems with the OL. The lack of talent and injuries contributed, to be sure. Why is it many great guys hang around too long and tarnish their legacy?

Posted by: pjente | April 23, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Bugel was NOT a problem. He had nothing to work with. He lost his starting guard, second string guard and tackle.

Posted by: heyjoe728 | April 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope the wheeling and dealing is not over for the Redskins for round 2!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | April 23, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth loose in New Orleans? He'll weigh 390 by Halloween!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | April 23, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Asked who his starting right tackle will be, Foerster noted that Artis Hicks closed the first minicamp holding down the spot."

Translation: We don't have anyone yet. Like the Williams pick, but we better sure up the other side.

Posted by: dcwun | April 23, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

There is that period before training camp where teams release pretty good veterans because of salary...roster issues... being fair to a reliable vet they dont need, allowing him time to "find another team"...etc...during that period, there will be guys Allen/Shanny will grab to compete at RG and RT...or be good depth. And maybe Reinhardt will start to come on more. I think the line is going to be good (also Shanny's zone scheme will be better). Draft should go to other positions. Unless there is a pretty good sleeper OL that they have their sights on

Posted by: NYskinsfan2 | April 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I would be happy getting Marshawn Lynch for JC. They don't want him and they need a QB we dont want JC and we need a young RB. I hope they sign Flozell to play RT or to be able to flip flop and play LT if the youngster struggles a bit.

Posted by: anacostia85 | April 23, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I was just watching ESPN News a minute ago, and I think it was Ed Werder who was outside the Saints war/draft room and he was talking about the 32nd pick from last night CB Patrick Robinson and LT Jamal Brown being part of some trade involving AH. He was about to say how close the deal was to maybe getting done but he was cut short by the Rams introducing Sam Bradford. I was trying to see if it was any truth to that rumor. I read some post on here about maybe Brown amd the 64th overall pick for Haynesworth, me personally I would take the 2 players and a 3rd round pick. But I guess we will see come later on tonight.

Posted by: robbkels | April 23, 2010 4:30 PM

In essence 2 1st rd picks for AH that would be incredible.

Posted by: anacostia85 | April 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

IMHO the importance of the LT position relative to the RT position is overrated. While it's true that the LT protects a right-handed QBs blind side, it's also true that an alert quarterback is can usually feel or see the rush coming from his back side and has an easier time escaping to his right than he does trying to escape from a rush coming from his right w/ a DE charging right into his chest.

Posted by: randysbailin | April 23, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Bruce campbell is still there after 3 rounds. Will he last until the 5th pick in round 4? I'd even be open to moving up by giving away our 7th. We could be set at both tackles for some time if he slips to us.

Posted by: unquiltom | April 23, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I mean, it's impressive that Williams runs a 4.88. So freakin' what?!

A 4.8 on the field is a step faster than the ref. It's not like he'll be running down linebackers.

These dorks get so into the numbers they forget to see if he keeps his asre low and his elbows inside.

I mean, I think he'll be good, hopefully great, but it will not be because he runs a 4.88. Even a 4.6 is a snail compared to everybody else on the field.

Just keep the guys who run 4.5 off McNabb and erybody'll be hap-hap-happy.

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 24, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth stomped that helmet-less Cowboy a few years ago. That buys him all the benefit of the doubt in my book.

in all seriousness, the Skins keep drilling that they're not gonna play 3-4 all the time...that sometimes it'll be 3-4, sometimes 4-3. Just play AH where you want and many of those opportunities will be where he wants. i just want him there on the 4th & 1 plays, like he stuffed twice v. Dallas last year.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | April 24, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"As of today, you can pencil in the team's starting offensive line as this: Williams, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Mike Williams and Hicks."

Not bad. But I'm concerned after a few injuries it could look like this:

RT- Mac Brown
RG- Mac Davis
C- LeagueSource
LG- Talent Evaluator
LT- Rachael Ray

Posted by: ElYeah | April 24, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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