Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Williams Wants Redskins' Line to Be `Hogs 2.0'

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NFL ; Williams Wants Redskins' Line to Be `Hogs 2.0'

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ASHBURN, Va. - Trent Williams got several of his fellow Washington Redskins offensive linemen to fly to Texas during the offseason. His pitch was pretty good. Williams wants to harken back to the days of the Redskins' famous "Hogs the offensive linemen of the 1980s and early 1990s who paved the way to three Super Bowls. Williams has branded the 2016 Washington line as "Hogs 2.0, complete with shirts, hats and the mentality that the group will follow the footsteps of Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby.

The four-time Pro Bowl left tackle hosted a three-day workout at a training facility in Houston attended by starters Morgan Moses, Spencer Long and 10 other linemen. Williams debated the "Hogs 2.0 name because he didn't want to add extra pressure, but the goal of the workout was to set a goal for a work ethic.

"Not putting the expectation that we plan on being the Hogs, but we're just showing that respect that we want to play like them and we admire them and we know that's the standard, Williams said during the team's training camp in Richmond, Virginia. "I didn't want to just bring a bunch of guys together to come and hang out and have beers or whatnot. I told them before they came we were going to work pretty hard. You can't get in shape in three days, but we were going to put it to the test, see where everybody was, and we were going to (enhance) fellowship at night over dinner.

Offensive line coach Bill Callahan sees the benefit as twofold: not only did Williams put younger, less experienced linemen through drills and help them with fundamentals, but the group got to bond. For all the extra work Callahan puts linemen through after practices, there's already the buy-in for voluntarily going to Williams' event, and the memories from going through it.

Williams said that made the players closer as a group.

"We put the hard work in the bank, the 28-year-old offensive line leader said. "We did it together. We can go in the locker room and sit and talk about how hard it was to get through it.

The workouts took place at O Athletik, a new facility Williams owns along with Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and others. …

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