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No rest for Trent Williams with Mario Williams arriving

Next up, Mario Williams.

Houston's all-pro defensive end is the next star pass rusher Washington rookie left tackle Trent Williams will face early in the season. The Redskins play host to the Texans on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.

Trent Williams fared relatively well in his opening one-on-one matchup with Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. But Mario Williams is even bigger and more physical.

The Redskins, however, already are convinced that Trent Williams is the real deal.

"I thought for Trent's first game in the National Football League, he did a very good job," Coach Mike Shanahan said the other day. "You can see his athletic ability both in the running game and the passing game. Going against DeMarcus Ware throughout the majority of the game was quite impressive."

Ware often lined up opposite Williams in the Redskins' 13-7 season-opening victory Sunday night at FedEx. Ware had six tackles, including three for losses, hit quarterback Donovan McNabb twice and sacked him once. Williams, however, fared much better than many more experienced players have against Ware.

At 6-feet-6, 295 pounds, Mario Williams should provide Trent Williams with another formidable challenge.

The No. 1 pick of the 2006 draft has been among the league's elite players the past three seasons, totaling 14, 12 and nine sacks, respectively. On Sunday, Williams was a force in Houston's 34-24 victory over Indianapolis.

He sacked quarterback Peyton Manning once and pressured him throughout the game. Williams's strength and quickness enable him to often overwhelm even the league's best offensive tackles, an AFC offensive line coach said recently.

So Trent Williams's trial by fire continues.

By Jason Reid  |  September 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Comments

First!!!

Posted by: TheDuck1 | September 14, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

First!!!

Posted by: TheDuck1 | September 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Get up big boy!

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 14, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The level of offensive ineptitude this first week is baffling especially since there were elite teams displaying this ineptitude. Half the games this first week saw neither team score over twenty, and twenty-one teams were under twenty points. Compared to opening week last year, that's a +4 change for games with both teams under 20 points and a +7 change for total teams under 20 points. Going back further a few years, the trend has been around four games where both teams score less than 20.

It may be just be another meaningless statistic that I'm throwing out, but I thought it was an interesting observation. Is this the beginning of a power shift in the league? Will this season be more competitive than in previous years? Several upsets this weekend suggests that.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 14, 2010 11:06 AM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Next up: Mario Williams

Then don't forget about these guys later on in the season.

Dwight Freeney
Jared Allen
Julius Peppers
Demarcus Ware (again)
Trent Cole x 2
Osi Umenyiora + Justin Tuck + Kiwanuka
Clay Matthews

Heck, even our easy games have potential:

Kyle Vanden Bosch (DET)
Chris Long (STL)

No rest for Williams, indeed.

Posted by: psps23 | September 14, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

beeps again

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 14, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

As long as he's not on an island all day, he'll be fine.

Hail TeeDub!

Posted by: DikShuttle | September 14, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

he will do well against mario because he is more his size and his speed off edge is not as quick as ware.

Posted by: nivla | September 14, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Trent doesn't read the paper. Otherwise, he may get over confident.

Posted by: ahashburn | September 14, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see. We have another "The Duck" around here...

Posted by: educk | September 14, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

This is why for the past few years I've been SCREAMING to build up the offensive line. Finally.

Posted by: fitzroysq | September 14, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Remember when everyone made fun of Casserly when he picked Mario Williams over Reggie (overrated) Bush. Where are they now?

Posted by: Redskins001 | September 14, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Remember when all the "experts" destroyed the Texan's management when they selected Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young in 2006?


Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Remember when all the "experts" destroyed the Texan's management when they selected Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young in 2006?


Posted by: clandestinetomcat | September 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

i totally remember that. What a great move, especially going against the grain. He's been more productive, more consistent, more impactful, and on the field way more than Bush or Young.

Bush is pretty effective in his role though, and Young is coming around with some strong performances, so you still can't discount them completely.

Still, Mario was by far the best player to take. Kudos, Texans, even though you're goin down in Week 2!

Posted by: bigtriumverate | September 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Indy was all pass and no run. If the Skins can keep improving on the run, Mario will have to stay home more.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 14, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This kid will get an All Pro education after the year he's gonna have. He's holding his own now, so next year he'll be a monster...

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 14, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Nothin' like throwin' a guy into the fire pit with a few hundred extra pounds (of expectation) on his back and saying "let's see what you've got big fella". ...and after his game Sunday night, I think he's got IT! I don't know if I've ever seen an OLman with faster feet. Skill - that takes time.

Posted by: fr3dmars | September 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

T. WILLIAMS on 'MAD MAN MARIO' - "I'm skeered."

Posted by: glawrence007 | September 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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