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“With the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select Trent ‘Silver back’ Williams, offensive tackle, Oklahoma.” – Roger Goodell (4/22/10)

Last night, Trent Williams made his regular season debut at left tackle for the Washington Redskins.  A position that has been held for the past 10 seasons by 6-time Pro Bowler, and possible future hall of famer Chris Samuels.  Williams, the 6-5, 318 lbs tackle had some pretty big shoes to fill, not to mention he was going up against an All-Pro defensive end in DeMarcs Ware in that debut.  But after watching last nights game, Williams held his own.

Williams played in all 56 offensive plays for the Redskins, allowing 1 sack, and was called for one false start penalty, both coming late in the game.  The sack wasn’t exactly Williams’ fault, it was on a play with both DE DeMarcus Ware and LB Keith Brooking were rushing the quarterback from Williams’ side,  Brooking cut inside and Williams went to cover him, leaving Ware  uncovered and a free shot at Redskins QB Donovan McNabb.  If Williams had blocked Ware, I’m pretty sure it would have resulted in a Brooking sack.  The false start penlaty couldn’t have come at a worse time for Williams and the Redskins.  Just after the 2 minute warning the Redskins were looking at a 3rd and 2 at the Dallas 26 yard line.  If they convert the first down, the Cowboys would be forced to use their 3 remaining timeouts and the Redskins would have an easy attempt at the field goal, putting the Redskins up by 6.  Unfortunately Williams jumped the gun on that 3rd and 2, pushing the Redskins back  into a long 3rd down situation.  Luckly for Williams, Graham Gano was able to connect on the 49 field goal, but it would have been nice to pick up the first down and run down the clock before giving the Cowboys the ball back.

In Donovan McNabb’s post game press conference the veteran QB gave praise to his young left tackle, saying that Williams did a great job, but Williams would say he could have done better if you’d ask him.  It is a good sign when your quarterback praises the guy protecting his blind side, and it is nice to know that Williams is staying level headed and wants to improve.  In last nights game there were some good plays, including a great block against a Cowboys safety in the 1st quarter when Williams pushed to the outside, clearing a path for TE Chris Cooley on the Redskins 1st drive.

All-in-all I think Trent Williams played very well, he held his own against a Dallas defense that was ranked 9th in the NFL last season.  Going up against DeMarcus Ware in your NFL debut, only getting beat once is very respectable.  Next week wont be an easy task either, facing former #1 overall pick Mario Williams and the Houston Texans defense, but the future looks bright for the Redskins at the left tackle position.