Trent Williams: 'I'm a great athlete'

July, 30, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden was quick to respond, knowing there really was only one answer. The question: Was Trent Williams just blessed with great feet or could it be developed?

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"Yeah, that's blessed," Gruden said. "You can't teach what Trent Williams has."

What the Redskins have in Williams is, as is widely known, a top athlete playing left tackle. That athleticism sets him apart from most other tackles, allowing him to make plays in space that other teams would not ask their tackles to make. At times in the past, for example, the Redskins would use him to sprint from the middle of the field to a spot near the numbers and throw a block on a defensive back.

It's not normal. But Williams is not a normal athlete -- and he takes pride in that part of his game.

"I think I'm a great athlete," Williams said. "I feel I could play a lot of positions on the football field. Obviously I could play offensive tackle the best, but you know, who knows? If I would have lost about 50 pounds, I probably could have been a nice tight end or maybe even an outside linebacker. Who knows, man."

The other day he was trying to jump in line to carry the ball in a live-hitting drill. Williams also joked about playing quarterback in an emergency.

"I think I definitely could," he said, smiling. "I do have a talented arm. Not to toot my own horn, but, you know, just telling the truth."

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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