When the term “playmaker” is used, it is usually referring to a Skill-position player. A playmaker is an explosive player that can be the difference maker in a game. Of course, plays can’t be orchestrated properly without quality protection from your offensive linemen. For the Washington Redskins, 3rd year tackle, Trent Williams might be a true rarity: a playmaking offensive lineman.
In 2010, Williams’ rookie season, he struggled often and allowed 11.5 sacks. He flashed greatness though, with his rare athleticism and ability to run-block on the second level. The 4th overall pick was touted as a raw player with huge upside, and in 2011 the Redskins had a sneak peak of the kind of player Trent can be. Williams only allowed 3 sacks in ‘11 with 372 pass blocking snaps. Pro Football Focus does calculated offensive linemans’ pass efficiency and compiled a list ranking 75 tackles that took at least 200 snaps in 2011.
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Out of 75 players, Trent Williams ranked 15th in 2011, showing great improvement from his rookie campaign. Williams has missed eight career games: four due to injury and four due to his suspension for failing multiple drug tests.. The Redskins need Williams to stay healthy and away from illegal substances. If he does, we’re talking about a guy that should have All-Pro consideration and Pro Bowl honors in the near future.
Trent Williams could be the Washington Redskins’ secret offensive playmaker in 2012. With Washington’s 2012 2nd overall pick, Robert Griffin III, prepare to see a ton of boots, options, and pitch-outs – specifically to the left side of the offense. Washington plans to take advantage of Trent Williams’ athleticism and create a unique dynamic to their offense. Williams has the ability to swing out and get to the second level quickly. This makes it very difficult for pass rushers and run stoppers, because Trent can run with the best of them. He’s so athletic that even when he allows a defender to get an inside rush, he can quickly make-up for it with his nifty feet.
Trent is a feisty player and will be the key to those boundary plays, which Washington will use often. While he may not be the player “making” the plays, he will be a difference maker on the edge, giving an opportunity for plays to be made.
By Emmanual Benton