Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Season Expectations: Wide Receiver Mike Williams

Mike Williams, one of the newest wide receivers for the Buffalo Bills after spending the last four with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers knows his head coach well. Williams was coached by Doug Marrone when they both were at Syracuse University  and in the end he left the team on  November 3, 2009.  His stats that season were 49 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns in only seven games. If he had kept this pace up for the remaining games, Williams would have likely been a mid first round pick at the worst; however he fell to the fourth round that year.

Mike Williams started all 16 games as a rookie and had 65 receptions for 964 yards with 11 touchdowns and looked like one of the steals of the 2010 NFL Draft. Before last season started, he signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract.  Williams brings size and strength to a wide receiver corps that could direly use some as he is 6-foot-2 and weighs 211 pounds and will be an excellent compliment to rookie Sammy Watkins and second year receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.

Since he won’t be playing in sunny Tampa, Florida anymore; he will likely have an average 2014 season, likely around 450 yards on 35 catches and four touchdowns. Also here’s hoping most of all that he can make opposing teams respect the offense and only line up seven in the box thus opening up the running attack for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson all season long. All and all, Mike Williams has a fresh start in his home town of Buffalo, New York might be just what he has needed to get to the next level for wide receivers. He has always been motivated to play harder if his mother was at his games for one reason or another and this will make it easier to get her to every game.

Those are my expectations for Mike Williams, but what are yours? Leave a comment below and we’ll discuss more and thanks for reading!

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