Early buzz on Trent Williams? He's a 'work in progress'
Trent Williams won't likely forget his first snap wearing a Redskins' helmet. The rookie left tackle, who lined up with the first-team offensive line, learned right away that the NFL is different from college football.
Center Casey Rabach snapped the ball, and, suddenly, Williams was surrounded by commotion.
"Everybody was gone," Williams said. "I was still in my stance."
That was Friday, the first day of minicamp. But coaches and Williams report that he performed a lot better on Day 2, and the early returns on Williams' first minicamp as a pro were positive.
We talked to all of the key figures Saturday afternoon, and here's what they reported about Williams' first practices in a Redskins uniform.
Chris Foerster, offensive line coach: "Yesterday he was a little bit, 'Okay, it's like this every single snap, every single day? Okay.' He came in today, he was on it, he was better."
Donovan McNabb, quarterback: "I thought he looked great. He's a big guy with great feet and that was kind of the rep coming out of college -- very athletic kid, great size, excellent run and pass blocker. So we're definitely seeing it out here and he's only going to get better. We're all going to get better together and he'll be able to gain more and more confidence as we continue on."
Mike Shanahan, coach: "We decided to put him right in the fire right away, see how he'd adjust. He's done a pretty good job. It's two days, though. It's a little quick. But it's a long process. It's nice to have him here in May, June and obviously July. We've got some time. We just try to hit it day by day, if we get better each day and try to do something special."
Trent Williams: "Everybody told me that the game was faster. But I'm thinking how when I came from high school, college ball was faster, but it wasn't that fast. When I got here, I thought I may adjust to it a little quicker than I did coming out of high school, but that really wasn't the story."
Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinator: "It's early; not enough time to give you a great evaluation. But you don't have to look long to realize how talented of a player we have. He's extremely talented. We're just throwing him in the fire right now, throwing a lot at him, seeing what sticks. We're throwing a lot at him, so he's gradually slowing down because he's thinking and not reacting. ... We know he'll get worse before he gets better. It's a work in progress."
May 8, 2010; 3:38 PM ET
Categories: Kyle Shanahan , Minicamp , Offensive line , Trent Williams
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