As Redskins players conduct the June edition of their lockout workouts, the first draft pick of the Shanahan era is catching flak for staying away from the sessions.
Tackle Trent Williams hasn’t showed up for any of the practices. He is now defending himself from criticism arising from his no-shows.
“I thought this was a quarterbacks and receivers thing,” Williams told ESPN 980 on Wednesday. “I haven’t talked to anybody on the O-line.”
He offered a different excuse for not being there in May. “I was in a wedding,” Williams said.
Williams says he’ll use the criticism as motivation, that he has been working out on his own, that he’s stronger than ever, and that he has spoken with some teammates about his absence.
With Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth destined to become former Redskins, Williams is hanging out in the work-ethic on-deck circle. Once they’re gone, look for coaches, teammates, media, and fans to pay a lot more attention to whether the fourth overall selection in the 2010 draft is doing all he can do in order to be the best he can be.