Left tackle Trent Williams is a perennial Pro Bowler, but that doesn't stop him from adopting new routines in the offseason to help improve his game further.
As an NFL player journeys through their career, it's important for them to evolve all aspects of their game.
For veteran left tackle Trent Williams, that evolution has gone far beyond just what he can do on the field. Williams, who joined the Redskins for workouts in Loudoun County, Va., on Wednesday for the first time this offseason, has added two new dynamics to his off-the-field workout, and both are with the intent to protect his body while still preparing him for the season.
"We just opened a gym out there about two months ago," Williams said of the training facility he and running back Adrian Peterson have in Houston, Texas. "It's a nice complex and we were able to get a lot of good work in there."
More and more, Williams has been outspoken about his body, both in his overall physique and how he'll be conditioned for life after football. He's become a spokesman for diabetes awareness and has leaned out considerably over the course of his career.
Continuing that trend, the seventh-year tackle added low-impact cardio to his workout regimen. To protect his joints, particularly his knees and ankles, he's spent time this offseason coming up with new ways to condition other than running.
"I did a lot more boxing just so I wouldn't have to do a lot of running and pounding on my joints and ankles," he told ESPN 980, also noting he's spent time in the swimming pool. "I figured out a way to get good conditioning in without the running. I added that into the workout and plan and it went well."
Admitting he's done far more work than play this offseason, it's because Williams is keeping his eye on the prize. He's been with the Redskins in both winning and losing seasons, and he feels it's time to keep the trend pointing upwards.
It's been since the 1982-84 that the Redskins have won consecutive division crowns. Entering the 2016 campaign, that's one goal on the forefront of his mind.
Check out images from the Washington Redskins' offense during their second day of OTAs at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.
"Obviously you got to crawl before you walk and for us it's going to be having to repeat and winning the NFC East title," he said. "Obviously those teams in our division got better as well and we can't ignore that.
"At the end of the day, though, we still feel like we have enough depth and talent to compete with any team in the league."
This offseason, general manager Scot McCloughan added to the roster on both sides of the football. He signed Pro Bowl talent in defensive back Josh Norman and tight end Vernon Davis.
In the NFL Draft, McCloughan did his part to grab the best available players when the Redskins were on the clock, highlighted by first-round pick Josh Doctson. With a "wealth of talent," Williams foresees quite a high ceiling for the defending division champs.
"I truly believe the sky is the limit," he said. "Of course, talent alone isn't going to win you games, but to have talent gives you a good shot and I know we have the work ethic so, now, we just have to put it together."
One area that wasn't a major focus this offseason was the offensive line. When the huddle breaks this fall, it's shaping up to be the same front five (ideally with a healthy Shawn Lauvao) that protected quarterback Trent Williams last season. At a 4.6 sack percentage, Cousins was one of the most well-protected quarterbacks in the NFL.
Together again for another year, Williams believes the offensive line has the ability to be the best unit on the team.
"I do and I tell them that every day," he said. "I tell them we have to be the best unit and there are no ifs, ands or buts about it. We're coming together and we have the same five we had last year so there's no reason we shouldn't take a step forward."
On film, Williams said it's clear the unit is taking that next step.
"Just watching film those guys practice," he said, "they look totally different and I hardly even recognize them on film."
As an offensive lineman, and one that has spent the offseason working on his punch, playing hard-nosed football has to be appealing. And while Williams believes the running game will be key to their success, he's hoping that a balanced offense will lead the Redskins to plenty of wins.
"When you got weapons like that on the outside it's hard to not get enamored with just passing the ball and watching those guys work," Williams said. "But I know we definitely had to come together and get the running game under control and add it to our game because a balanced offense is really hard to stop."