CARLISLE, PA., JULY 27 -- On the first day of practice at their Dickinson College training camp today, the top two quarterbacks of the Washington Redskins took a decidedly different view of the season ahead. Jay Schroeder smiled at the thought of becoming the team's newest millionaire, while Doug Williams said, if he had his way, he'd rather be somewhere else.

Schroeder found himself explaining the brace on his left knee, one he'll probably continue to wear all season. He underwent an arthroscopic exam March 4 and says he still experiences swelling and stiffness, but that the knee will not affect his play this year.

"There's a couple things in there, cartilage and miniscus," he said of his knee, injured last October in a game at New Orleans. "Right now it gets generally sore and swells up a little bit. There will be a lot of ice treatments and a lot of heat treatments. It gets a little stiff, so I've just got to take care of it, stretch it out. I don't think it's going to affect my play at all."

Schroeder, 26, also happens to be set for life with a new three-year contract believed to be worth $900,000 to $1 million a year, including the highest base salary any Redskin has ever received. Someone asked if success will spoil him.

No, he said. "I still go to McDonald's and pick up my little boy's Happy Meal."

While Schroeder seems the picture of contentment, Williams, his backup, is restless. Given his choice, he would be a Los Angeles Raider. It's not that he doesn't like the Redskins, but he simply wants to play regularly, and he said he doesn't think he can do that here. Last season, Williams, a six-year National Football League veteran, played in one game and threw one pass.

"I'd be less than honest if I didn't say my chances to play in L.A. are much greater than in Washington," he said. "Jay isn't an old man, and, if I'm ever going to get a chance to play, now is my time . . . But I have pretty much given up on a trade."

Before the draft in April, and again recently, trade rumors surfaced that the Redskins and Raiders would make a deal. The Raiders reportedly were ready to send a fourth-round draft choice to the Redskins for Williams, but the Redskins wanted a first-round pick. Williams says he has heard nothing recently, and both General Manager Bobby Beathard and Coach Joe Gibbs said they have no plans to make a trade now.

"If I'm going to play football, I've got to do it here, under their circumstances," Williams said this morning. "I'm not a free agent. I can't demand a big contract. I can't demand to be traded. I'm under contract. They know that I'm at their mercy . . . I can go out and quit, fall on my face, but that's not going to prove anything. As long as I'm here, I'm going to work."

Williams, who will be 32 next month, is not issuing "play-me-or-trade-me" ultimatums. But he is not a happy man. He has two years left on his contract, a fact that caused him to shake his head today: "In retrospect, in retrospect . . . "

Gibbs repeatedly has said he wanted to make a deal in the offseason to help Williams get a starting job in the NFL, but now says the two have "a good understanding."

"I don't think he is satisfied or happy, but he understands our situation," Gibbs said.

Williams said that is true. "The Redskins are a great organization," he said. "It's not a situation I'm overjoyed with, but it's a situation I can live with."

Schroeder, meanwhile, was unusually expansive in his first media gathering of the season -- after the matter of his contract was dispensed with.

"I'm happy," he said. "The Redskins are happy. It's signed; it's over with and that's it. It's done."

Next question.

There are two areas of his game that he has been working on: throwing better on the run and completing the shorter, "touch" passes he had trouble with last year.

"He needs to work on both things," said quarterback coach Jerry Rhome. "He is great at throwing long, but now he needs to get better at the short passes to become better overall."

To that end, Schroeder spent at least 45 minutes a day at Redskin Park in May and June, rolling out and throwing, both short and long.

"I thought I needed to throw on the run a little bit better," he said. "I worked out this offseason; now it's just a matter of taking it over to the games, not trying to do things I can't do, realizing it, doing things I can do . . . It's a matter of throwing on the run more often, getting myself under better balance when I do set myself to throw off the run. I caught myself last year trying to run a little bit too fast and throw at the same time. There were a lot of situations where we could have had some bigger plays than what we did have."

He said he thought the offense had become too one-dimensional, too reliant on the deep pass last season.

"We're going to have to be able to throw short and take our deep shots when we have the chance to be able to throw the ball deep," he said.

Although his team went to the NFC championship game and he went to the Pro Bowl, he said he played at only "50 percent" of the way he wants to play.

"I did have a good season, but you've got to look at the two all-pro receivers {Art Monk and Gary Clark} who made some fantastic plays," he said. "A lot of times, I wasn't sure what we would come up with. It was hairy. They made great plays. I think I can help out a little bit better than that."

Schroeder, who made a reported $225,000 last season in the final year of a three-year deal signed when he was a rookie, is now in the economic strata of the game's elite quarterbacks. Yet he doesn't believe he is as good as some of them.

"There's no way I compare to {Dan} Marino, {Jim} Kelly, {Joe} Montana and those guys," he said. "They're in a different league. I just don't consider myself to be that good yet. I still have a long way to go."