A dozen or so high-profile players have been absent from all seven of the Redskins’ informal workouts to this point, but one, in particular, has stood out: left tackle Trent Williams.
Guys such as Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth and Santana Moss have obvious reasons for staying away, but Williams is under contract, presumably has some loot from his first-round deal to catch a flight and is coming off an uneven rookie season.
Buzz about Williams’ absence built Wednesday, and some players are wondering why he, in particular, isn’t working out with them.
“I’m down here [in Houston] working out on my own,” Williams said by phone Wednesday afternoon. “I’m working just like they’re working.”
Williams said he didn’t learn of this week’s workouts until receiver Malcolm Kelly called him on Monday, the day before they began. Players organizing the workouts have spread the word about them through email. “I think they send out emails,” Williams said, “and I didn’t get an email.”
He also was under the impression that this workout was for quarterbacks and receivers.
“I found out last minute on this one,” he said. “It was a little bit too late for me to pick up and go last minute.”
Asked if he would attend another set of workouts if the Redskins hold them again later this summer, he said: “I wouldn’t be opposed to it.”
For those wondering if Williams is going to show up in Ashburn after the lockout looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy, he said he currently weighs 320 pounds—three pounds less than his playing weight last season. He has been boxing three times a week “to try to help my endurance and better hand speed,” he said.
As for any negative impressions his teammates are developing about his absences: “I wouldn’t see a reason to feel any certain way about it,” he said. “I’m trying to play at the top level and help the team get to the Super Bowl.”