Trent Williams: 20 in 20

Trent Williams: 20 in 20

As we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to be looking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to look into their crystal balls and answer them.

Question 16: Can Trent Williams go from being a good left tackle to being a great one?

The background: Williams was Mike Shanahans first draft pick with the Redskins, the fourth overall selection in the 2010 draft. He has tremendous athletic ability for a man his size (6-5, 328) and he is a perfect fit for the zone-blocking scheme. When he is focused he can dominate the man across from him. Last year he was starting to round into form as a top left tackle and then the four-game substance abuse suspension hit. This year, he is the highest-paid player on the team with a salary of 11 million. Can he stay focused and continue to progress on the upward path he was on last year? Or will he coast on a contract that pays him 34 million over the next four years and be happy to be average?

Tandler: Williams knows that he is under the microscope. Both Mike and Kyle Shanahan have spoken repeatedly about the need for Williams to step up and be the player he is capable of being. He is tasked with guarding the blind side of the franchise, Robert Griffin III. With the array of top pass rushers the Redskins face in the division and in many of their other games, Williams has a great responsibility. The good thing is that, unlike a year ago, he is not talking about taking the game more seriously; he is doing it. Williams has been the star of training camp so far and his willingness to tough it out for a half against the Bears and Julius Peppers with a bone bruise in his foot shows a new level of commitment and maturity. As long as he stays quiet and continues to get it done, he should continue to progress towards becoming one of the best in the business.

El-Bashir: Williams hasnt been the best offensive lineman in training camp. Until he suffered a bruised bone in his left foot, the 6 foot 5, 328-pound left tackle had been the best player at Redskins Park during the first two weeks of practice. At 24, the former first round pick finally seems to get it after nearly losing everything to a four-game drug suspension last season.

Another slipup would result a year-long ban and the possible end to a promising career -- and it seems to have scared him straight. This, no doubt, is a critical season for Williams, and thus far hes approaching it as such. But the question is whether he can blossom into an elite tackle on par with Clevelands Joe Thomas or the New York Jets DBrickashaw Ferguson. Like most things when it comes to Williams, thats entirely up to whether he feels like doing it.

20 questions in 20 days
20 Aug.20Will Jammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21Will Chris Cooley make the team?
18 Aug. 22Can Brandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 YesterdayIs Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 TodayCan Trent Williams got from good to great?
15 TomorrowCan DeAngelo Hall be a defensive playmaker?
14 SundayCan Santana Moss regain his old form?

Redskins sign 10 undrafted free agents

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Redskins sign 10 undrafted free agents

The Redskins have signed 10 undrafted college free agents, according to the NFL transaction report.

  • Bowen, Kevin, T, East Central
  • Carter, Tevin, DB, Utah
  • Diggs, Reggie, WR, Richmond
  • Ederaine, Ejiro, LB, Fresno State
  • Gore, Joe, T, Clemson
  • Jackson, Dominick, T, Alabama
  • Kelley, Rob, RB, Tulane
  • Kerridge, Joe, RB, Michigan
  • Lanier, Anthony, DE, Alabama A&M
  • Showers, Valdez, WR, Florida

Look for additional signings and additional details on the newly-signed Redskins here at CSNmidatlantic.com. 

Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

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Jordan Reed doesn't see how defenses will be able to keep up with Redskins' legion of receivers

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed signed a contract extension on Thursday that will keep him as a valued member of the team through the 2021 season. With the team coming off an NFC East championship last season, things are looking up in the nation's capital.

Reed joined "Redskins Nation" host Larry Michael on Thursday to discuss his new contract and to look ahead to 2016. (Watch the clip in the video player above)

RELATED: Reed eager to prove Redskins made the right investment

On how his teammates reacted to the new deal: "Everybody, you know, gave a round of applause, things like that. I appreciate everybody and I'm just happy to be able to grow with these guys more and be on this team."

On how defense will play him: "Maybe I will get more attention from defenses but with all the weapons we got on offense right now, I don't see how they can send too many guys my way, you know with D-Jax (DeSean Jackson), Pierre (Garcon), Vernon (Davis), Niles (Paul) and (Josh) Doctson coming in, you know. It's going to be tough."

Tune in to "Redskins Nation" at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday for the full interview, only on CSN Mid-Atlantic.

 

Jordan Reed discusses big contract extension with the Redskins

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Jordan Reed discusses big contract extension with the Redskins

Jordan Reed performed like one of the NFL’s top tight ends in 2015. Now, he’s going to get paid like one of them, too.

On Thursday, Reed signed a five-year contract extension with the Redskins that will keep him in Washington through the 2021 season. 

The deal, according to ProFootballTalk.com is worth just under $50 million and includes $22 million in guarantees.

“It means a lot that the Redskins invested that kind of money in me, and think that highly of me as a player and as a person,” Reed said on a conference call with Washington area reporters. “I’m going to show them that they made a good investment and I’m going to prove them right in making me one of the highest paid.”

Reed put himself in position for a huge extension with a breakout 2015 season. In 14 games, he recorded career highs in catches (87), receiving yards (952 yards) and touchdowns (11). The 25-year-old put an exclamation point on the campaign over the final five contests (including the Wild Card loss to the Packers), a stretch in which he amassed 38 receptions, 458 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Reed said discussions heated up shortly after the playoffs. And although he characterized the talks as “positive” throughout, he did become concerned when the team unexpectedly struck a deal 5-year, $75 million deal with All Pro cornerback Josh Norman.

That concern, as it turned out, was unfounded.  

“It was a concern when they signed Norman because of the cap room, but I guess they made it work and were able to give me what my agent was asking for at the time,” Reed said. 

As for his reputation for spending a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries—he’s missed 14 games in three seasons—Reed said he hopes to shake that label completely in 2016 after making solid strides last year.  

“I just figured out a routine that was effective for me,” Reed said of his improved health in ‘15. “When I talk to the [training staff and coaches] these days, it really doesn’t come up. I just want to move on and show that I can play 16 games.”

Reed has spent the past two months working in Miami with the same trainer that helped him prepare for the combine. After OTAs, he intends to return to Trent Williams’ gym in Houston for several more weeks of prep work.

“That’s where I trained before the season last year,” Reed said. “[Personal trainer and nutritionist James Cooper] helped me a lot and put a lot of muscle on me. His workouts are real hard so he was able to make practices and games easy, working those hot summers in Texas.”