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Training Camp Tracker: Edwin Williams Inspired by Casey Rabach

The Redskins' training camp continues in Ashburn.

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By Ishita Singh
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rookie Edwin Williams wants to be like Casey Rabach. The Maryland graduate -- Williams was a three-year starter at center for the Terrapins -- admires the Redskins' starting center for his ability to see the field and know his role within the offense.

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"Casey Rabach, that dude -- he comes out there, and he gets the job done," Williams said. "He's confident, he's smart. He knows exactly what he's doing on each play. He probably knows what everybody on the offensive line is doing on each play."

Williams admits he has a ways to go before he can challenge Rabach. The District native considered himself a "good 50" right now, if he were rated on a 100-point scale. His biggest challenge has been adjusting from Maryland's style of play to the Redskins' style.

Williams described himself as a "tip-toer" at Maryland, because he made most of his plays on his toes. But the Washington coaches emphasize a "heels to the ground" playing style, which is something Williams said he needs to work on.

"In college actually, we did a lot of different things offensively. I was just taught get your hands on quick, but they kind of have a lift technique, so it's a lot different. The lingo is different. I never used my hips [in college], and that's one thing they use a lot."

But Williams has help. Many of the blocking schemes the Redskins employ are similar to ones he used at Maryland. And his old Terrapins' line mate, Stephon Heyer, is a tackle for the Redskins, and has guided Williams on plays with which he is unfamiliar.

Although he is an undrafted free agent, Williams is only one of two rookies trying out for an offensive line that had problems last season (the other is another former Terrapins teammate of Williams, tackle Scott Burley). As such, Williams thinks he has a good shot at making the team. He even has a motto to get him through the rest of camp.

"I know I've still got a couple holes missing in my philosophy, but I'll get back in that playbook, get everything going, keep it moving, and hopefully things will work out," Williams said.

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