Mike Williams gained notice last March after being stabbed by his brother. Now he’s back in the headlines; as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Williams return to his hometown of Buffalo, New York could very well bolster a receiving corp in need, or may have been a waste of the six round draft pick.
Williams is coming off a career low, after only recording just over 200 yards receiving on only 22 catches. However, Williams provides young quarterback, E.J. Manuel, with a solid target; standing at 6 foot 2 and 212 pounds. No knock on Manuel, but he will need all the help he can get. Last season the Bills ranks 28th in passing attack. It’s true that the Bills ranked within the top 5 for rushing yards, but that shouldn’t excuse a poor aerial attack.
Last season we saw the potential of Robert Woods. We know Marquis Goodwin and T.J. Graham have speed. Scott Chandler is still a viable option (when he doesn’t fumble or drop a wide open pass). Stevie Johnson can provide fits for secondaries. Mike Williams could potentially help Manuel stretch the field. It also helps that he will rejoin head coach Doug Marone, who coached Williams at Syracuse.
It’s true that Williams has been no stranger to controversy: Leaving Syracuse after being involved in a car accident with a teammate, along with being stabbed by his brother. But allow me to be blunt and obvious: Doug Whaley didn’t bring him in for the headlines he’s made off the field. Aside from a low last year, Williams has recorded over 700 yards in 3 of his 4 seasons. In both his rookie season and in 2012, Williams just missed the 1,000 yard milestone.
I’m hoping that his veteran leadership and coaching familiarity pay off, with the Bills giving up a six round draft pick. Please, don’t tell me that talent can’t come out of the 6th round. Look at Stevie Johnson, who was selected in the seventh.
This trade has potential to pay off, but a lot will depend on Manuel’s growth from last season. Looking at this trade on paper: I’m for it.