Michael Clayton Mentoring Mike Williams Daily

October 1st, 2010

If you’ve been wondering what former iconic blocker Michael Clayton has been doing as he earns $3 million from the Buccaneers on his couch this season, Clayton is still contributing to the team.

Speaking Wednesday on Total Access, on WDAE-AM 620,  rookie standout wide receiver Mike Williams talked about how Clayton is in his ear daily.

“A guy like that, that helped me every day in practice, after practice, telling me what to look forward to, telling me what DBs are going to do, a guy who had success in this league. …It was hard seeing him go,” Williams said.

 “Clayton made me watch his rookie season [in the offseason]. …I still talk to Mike every day. He tells me I’m running too high on my routes.”   …[He says my] routes are terrible. ‘I could defend you and I’m an old man.'”

“He’s telling me to “keep my shoulders down.”

Williams also explained that it was intense pressure from Josh Freeman and Clayton that helped him learn the playbook very quickly.

As for Williams’ ugly, critical fumble against Pittsburgh, Williams said it was first time he fumbled in a game at any level.

Joe did a double take on that. But that’s probably welcome news for Bucs fans concerned about Williams holding onto the ball.

14 Responses to “Michael Clayton Mentoring Mike Williams Daily”

  1. Not A Rocket Surgeon Says:

    Random article of note…

    Ryan Purvis is wearing #80.

    At least in the video of practice the other day he was…

  2. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    So pass protection is a problem, they take this guy Lorig, who they tried to convert to DE, now they want him to play TE. My question is this why didn’t they just convert Clayton to TE A guy who allready know the system and knows how to pass block.

  3. MVPFreeman Says:

    Clayton covering Mike Williams? Ha! Thats too funny.

  4. Dave Says:

    Unlike most here, I like Clayton and hopes he catches on somewhere else and does well.
    Don’t get me wrong though, I am glad he is gone, it was defeinately the right move for the Bucs. It was time to cut their losses, but I wish him the best.

  5. sunrisejeff Says:

    I could see it MVP…..he would lead the league in batted passes for sure.

  6. MVPFreeman Says:

    I also wish Calyton the best Dave, dont get me wrong. From what I hear he is a stand-up guy, I really wish he would have made it as a future hall of famer here in Tampa.

    Its just humorous that he is giving tips on how to be a good reciever.

  7. Pete Dutcher Says:

    MVPFreeman Says:

    Clayton covering Mike Williams? Ha! Thats too funny.

    Actually, when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Clayton ruled supreme when it came to knocking balls to the ground. 😉

  8. Will the Beast Says:

    The guy is still helping the young cat learn the ropes you wouldn’t get that from a good percentage of players out there. I wish he could have held on to a few of those drops he has a ton of heart and plays a brand of football most don’t these days he will compomise his body for the sake of making a play. Best wishes Brother thanks for helping the Kid

  9. Pete 422 Says:

    I think Clayton’s injuries effected his play and that hurt his confidence. Sometimes getting over the psychological scars of a/an injury (s) are impossible.

    For those reasons I don’t see him being a tight end, plus he would have to put on some weight because K2 he is not. The Bucs are going to have to draft the TE (when one is available) of the future to learn behind K2

    I wish Clayton the best, I like him.

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I got to meet Clayton last year after the New Orleans game. I have to say, he was a very very nice guy. I think it’s very commendable of him that he continues to help the rookie, even after he is gone. I see absolutely nothing negative that can come out of that. Even though he wasn’t a very good receiver for us (except for his rookie year), I truly hope he gets another job in the NFL and plays well.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Maybe he should become a coach. Just skip over the catching part of it. Everything else Michael did pretty well.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    Maybe Michael can teach our O line how to block. I doubt it. Nevermind.

  13. Deputy Buc Says:

    I agree that Clayton is a stand up guy (have had personal dealings with him). I was sad that he didn’t work out and I wish him the best. I honestly expected him to stick around Tampa unless he got on somewhere else. That just seems like the type of guy he is. Would have been interesting to see him try another position. He did everything well except hold onto the ball.

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    The Clayton situation was nothing if not sad! It will remain a mystery. Best of luck to you, Mr. Clayton. Real class to help the young recievers. Good luck in the future.