Fans may believe that left tackle Trent Williams struggled at times against the New York Giants on Sunday, but the second-year pro said he feels pretty good about his Week 1 performance.
“Week 1 went well for me,” said Williams, whom Washington drafted fourth overall in 2010. “After watching the film and reviewing everything, I felt good.”
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul recorded two sacks and a forced fumble last week, facing off primarily with Williams. But Williams didn’t come away overly impressed.
“He didn’t wow me, if that’s what you’re asking,” Williams said. “He’s a great player. He came in and did his job. He was alright.”
Late in the game, Pierre-Paul dipped inside Williams’ right shoulder rather than rushing around the edge and slipped between Williams and guard Kory Lichtensteiger. He sacked Rex Grossman and forced a fumble that the Giants recovered in Redskins’ territory.
Williams said Pierre-Paul’s play was the result of miscommunication, not an inability to execute.
“It was a protection issue more than him beating me,” Williams said. “Like I said, anybody can go in there and not get blocked and go tackle the quarterback. We kinda messed up protection. We didn’t really touch him. It was just a misunderstanding between me and the guard. That’s all it was. I expected him to be there and he was there for someone else. It was just little things. It’s just football. You get things like that worked out.”
When asked about Williams’ play on Sunday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he saw significant improvements.
“I thought Trent has made tremendous strides from last year,” the coach said. “He’s going to be a good football player. He just has to work every week to get better and better. But I’ve seen tremendous strides just going from one year to the next, just going through this preseason. Hopefully, he’ll keep on getting better.”