Liking Mike WilliamsAugust 2nd, 2012
Man, when Mike Williams burst onto the scene as a rookie, it appeared the Bucs may have had their best deep threat since perhaps Kevin House. That’s a long time, folks.
But last year opposing defenses figured out a way to take Williams out of his game virtually each week and he struggled. New Bucs coach Greg Schiano doesn’t like to talk about the Bucs’ past (well, he doesn’t like to talk much, period), so Schiano can only speak about Williams in the present day.
And Schiano likes him, writes Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
“Certainly, that last play he made (Wednesday), that’s an NFL play right there,” head coach Greg Schiano said of a touchdown pass Williams caught in the back corner of the end zone to finish a two-minute drill. “That’s what we need to be able to do.”
It’s something Williams, in particular, needs to do. After leading NFL rookie receivers with 65 catches for 964 yards and a team record 11 touchdowns in 2010, Williams struggled to find the end zone last season. Though he again caught 65 balls for a respectable 771 yards, Williams reached the end zone only three times in 2011.
Joe has seen Williams make circus catches in the back of the end zone before. He did it in his NFL debut against the Browns and Joe watched Williams duplicate that move in this spring’s minicamp.
Williams may be the key to the Bucs’ passing attack. We all know Vincent Jackson is going to get hounded by two and perhaps three defenders. How Williams can take advantage of this will go a long way toward seeing the passing game rebound from a terrible season last year.
Now, Williams just has to rid himself of that Grady Wilson-like beard he has. It isn’t working, Mike.