The Washington Redskins today announced the signing of veteran offensive lineman Willie Smith, who has played in 28 career games with 11 starts since 2011.
Originally with the Washington Redskins as a rookie during the 2011 season, Willie Smith is back with the team and ready to make an impact on a revamped offensive line.
Willie Smith couldn't wait to get back to Redskins Park.
The veteran offensive lineman – who was signed on June 2 after spending the 2014 season with the San Diego Chargers – spent his rookie season in 2011 with the Redskins, appearing in four games with three starts.
"Yeah, I remember, but a lot has changed, too," Smith said when asked about the team's Loudoun County, Va., headquarters. "They've upgraded the facility a lot and I'm really glad to be back here."
After his rookie season with the Redskins, Smith would spend time with the Oakland Raiders and Chargers and now has 29 regular season appearances with 11 starts, including one last season.
Now back in Washington, Smith can't wait to contribute to the team that gave him his first chance as a college free agent out of East Carolina.
"It's been great to get back to where I started and do it all over again," he said. "I'm really excited working with coaches here and the scheme we've got here and the guys we've got here on the O-line. It's very exciting."
While Smith's worked with a few great coaches during his time in the National Football League, he admitted he wasn't sure anyone's able to get as much out of their offensive linemen as Bill Callahan has and will with the Redskins.
And Smith came to that conclusion after just a couple weeks under Callahan's direction.
"He's going to make sure he gets everything out of you, and I can tell that when the season gets here, he's going to make sure the guys are prepared and ready to go on to gameday ready to take care of business," Smith said. "He's going to help everybody elevate their game and take it to the next level. I'm excited to be up under him so I can take my game to the next level."
On the field, the 6-foot-5, 310 pound Smith said he's a versatile player who can do a few different things for any successful team.
"I'd say the biggest thing I bring is athleticism and just the will to win," he said. "I just want to win and I know that's what everybody in the Redskins organization is all about. They brought in new coaches that want to win this year, and I'm here to help."
Being back with the Redskins after bouncing around between two AFC West teams has also made him "more focused."
"I've seen a little bit of everything, so I feel that helps a little bit, but more than anything else it just makes me be more focused on the opportunity I have here and to make the most of it," Smith said.
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