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New Redskins OT Mike Williams Wants to Get Down to 360 by June

Apr 30, 2009 – 2:40 PM
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The Redskins didn't address the offensive line on draft weekend, even though it might be their biggest need. But on Friday, they did sign Bills' 2002 first-round pick, tackle Mike Williams, who had been out of football since 2006.

There are more conventional ways to fill out the depth chart, and while Williams has gobs of potential -- he was the fourth overall pick seven years ago -- other than his will to return to football, there's no reason to think he'll magically play at a high level, much less make the team.

And his current physical state doesn't help matters:
Mike Williams hasn't played a down in almost three-and-a-half years. The 29-year-old weighs 404 pounds, almost 70 more than any other player on Washington's roster. ...

Pushing 450 pounds in February while running an oil services company, Williams decided to enroll in a fitness program at Duke to lose weight and become healthier. Around Easter, Williams and his wife, Enisha, moved in with former Texas linemate Derrick Dockery and the Redskins guard's wife, their close friends, to take care of their goddaughter Madison while her parents were occupied with a baby due any day.
Dockery returns to Washington to assume the guard duties after two years in Buffalo. And Williams, who sounds committed to losing weight and taking football seriously, offered this when asked if he thinks he'll start over current Redskins right tackles Jon Jansen and Stephon Heyer: "I didn't come here not to."

First up: dropping another 40 pounds, something Williams hopes to do by the start of OTAs in June. No idea how this works out, but history suggests Williams will be lucky to be on the roster coming out of training camp.Whatever happens, this Mike Williams has been more successful than the one run out of Detroit two years ago. He might be slimmer, too.*

* probably not
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