Trent Williams draws attention for his absence

When the NFL’s lockout finally ends and football returns for real at a training camp near you, the player-run workouts that have been held this offseason will go down as some of the most overblown exercises the sport has seen.

But with not a lot to report on – and a need to develop football news – the workouts have been front and center. Yes, there is some value to them in terms of team building but these are professionals who will be doing that in training camp too.

However, you can make some inferences when you see reports of players not showing for workouts. Trent Williams, the offensive tackle the Washington Redskins drafted No. 4 overall in 2010, has not made it to any of the team’s player-run workouts. That’s interesting if only for the younger players who are the ones that you would think would be more likely to show up. They can benefit from more time around teammates to a degree.

Other than that, there isn’t a lot Williams can do. Offensive linemen and defensive linemen really can’t get anything accomplished without pads on. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Williams is the only young starter on offense who hasn’t shown up. Quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is likely headed out of town, free agent wide receiver Santana Moss and veteran right tackle Jammal Brown are the only other offensive starters from last season to not make an appearance.

Williams told Jones he thought about showing up this week but he attended a wedding last weekend that complicated travel plans.

I kind of had my hands tied,” Williams said. “But I figure as long as I’m getting work in and am making sure I’m ready. I’ve been trimming down a little bit, focusing on total body strength, and I started back (doing squats) this offseason, which I hadn’t done since my sophomore year, to get my explosiveness in my legs back. I feel great.”

“When the lockout’s lifted I’m pretty sure everybody’s going to be rusty. I can’t be no rustier than what I was as a rookie last year. I didn’t know any of the playbook then. So I’ll automatically be further along.”

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