Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams wasn’t seen at Redskins Park Monday morning, a day after it was learned that he and Fred Davis will be suspended for the remainder of the season for failing multiple drug tests - at least two of them this year.
Ironically, news of Williams’ suspension broke just two days after he sat in front of his locker at Redskins Park and talked about his recent improvement in play. In his last two games, Williams had neutralized Dallas’s DeMarcus Ware and Seattle’s Chris Clemons.
He said his goal is to continue improving and maturing, physically and mentally.
Williams – the fourth overall pick of the 2010 draft, and Washington’s highest-paid player at $7.85 million this season -- also discussed his efforts to become a better leader for the Redskins.
The news of Williams’ repeated failed drug tests seems to contradict the desire to lead and passion for the game of which he spoke, but here’s what the left tackle had to say.
On coming off of two of the best games of his career:
“I’m just trying to get better with every game. This season is far better than last season. That’s all I’ll say. I’ve gotten better in every area. Stronger, little quicker. My leadership has stepped up a lot. I feel like a more complete player this year. Last year I was scrambling and trying to find my way.”
On how he has been able to make improvements:
“I’m real hard on myself, evaluating the film, and just try to learn from my mistakes. Physically I’ve improved, but definitely mentally.”
On the need to avoid letting his emotions get the best of him so he can avoid personal fouls (Williams this season has received two 15-yard penalties for engaging in altercations after the whistle):
“I’ve got a lot of passion. I feel like I’m out there to be the best and whoever’s out there is standing in my way. This is a life-long dream, so I just try to take advantage of every opportunity I get to play. There are a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate to be doing what they love to do. I do get a little over-competitive at times and do things past the whistle, but I can guarantee you, you won’t see those any more.”
On embracing a leadership role this year:
“I feel more comfortable. I feel like it’s easier to speak to teammates when you have your stuff together. ... I try to lead by example, and that helps people when they see you going hard and taking nothing off of nobody.”