Shortly after Thursday’s afternoon minicamp practice, Redskins rookie lineman Trent Williams was asked how he’ll know that his first season in Washington was a success.
“If I make the Pro Bowl,” he said.
That's a lofty expectation for the No. 4 overall pick who is penciled in as the Skins’ starting left tackle.
“It’s a goal,” Williams added. “You always set your goals high. If you shoot high, I guess if you fall short you’re still pretty high.”
His first goal, however, should be signing a contract. Word came out Thursday that he has fired his agent, and he's not sure where negotiations stand.
Nevertheless, both Williams and the Redskins have high expectations for the first o-lineman selected in April’s draft. He was the first tackle Washington took in the first round since Chris Samuels back in 2000.
The Redskins are hoping he’ll anchor a revamped front-five in desperate need of improvement.
“I just want to stay consistent because I have the God-given ability to come out here and play with [the guys in this league],” Williams said. “I just have to be consistent, which is a mind thing. That’s really all I’m looking forward to doing.”
Williams has about six weeks remaining in his pre-training camp weightlifting and conditioning programs. Right now the 21-year-old’s emphasis is on adding weight.
The former Oklahoma Sooner showed up at the combine weighing 315 pounds, a few pounds lighter than the Redskins are hoping he’ll play at this season.
Williams said he’s been weighing in between 316 and 318 pounds, but that he’s gained plenty of strength, and lost body fat, since being drafted.
Come September, his weight won’t matter nearly as much as how adequately he’s protecting Donovan McNabb’s blind side.
The Redskins allowed 46 sacks last season, fourth-worst in football. That many sacks this season will all but certainly result in losing McNabb to injury -- because he isn’t nearly as durable as his predecessor, Jason Campbell.
Williams, one of the team's two new starting tackles, knows he’s being counted on to lead a resurgence. His goal is to be in training camp early, so that he can continue to develop.
“I can’t guarantee that there won’t be a minor holdout,” Williams said. “But I can guarantee you that it won’t be more than a day if I do hold out.
“They’ve got me with the first group. I really can’t afford to miss any practices. I’m going to stress that to my agent and see if we can’t get me in camp on time.”