Welcome to the NFL, Trent Williams.
On Sunday night, the Washington Redskins’ first overall pick in April’s draft (fourth overall), an offensive tackle out of Oklahoma, Williams will be charged with keeping a slightly hobbled Donovan McNabb upright and out from under outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, arguably the best pass rusher in the league today.
To say that Williams has some big shoes to feel might be an understatement. He was brought in to replace six-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels, who, himself, had a number of memorable battles with Ware. Just how viable a replacement is the highly-touted Williams? The Redskins will begin to find out on Sunday night, when he lines up opposite a perennial All-Pro.
"It would be easier to start off with someone not as good," Williams said Wednesday, per Jason Reid of the Washington Post. "But it sets the stage. ... It ain't a cupcake starting off. It'll probably be one of my biggest tests starting off."
The ‘Skins are encouraged by what they’ve seen out of Williams thus far, but understand that the learning curve for a rookie left tackle is a steep one. Williams battled the Baltimore Ravens’ Terrell Suggs with mixed results in the second week of the preseason, surrendering a sack and several pressures to Suggs.
"You've got to understand, Trent is a rookie," said McNabb. "He's going to have some ups and downs. I think it's a good test for him that he can kind of gauge himself and what he needs to do. He's got an opportunity to play against Terrell Suggs, who is a speed rusher that can get low up under your pads. He has a bull rush, something DeMarcus does as well.”
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