Blanket Falling On Mike Williams

December 18th, 2010

With 52 catches, seven touchdowns and 784 yards receiving, it makes sense that attention on Mike Williams is helping the breakout of Arrelious Benn. 

Speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night, Williams talked about how he’s enjoying the respect and challenge of defenses focusing on him more than they did early in the season.

“They’re changing coverages for me. I run to one side, and they change the coverage. It’s like giving me respect now. It’s getting a lot of other guys open,” Williams said. “Like the Atlanta game, if you all see the last drive of that game, they broke a linebacker out to press me with the corner over top and the safety over the top of him. I’ve never seen that before in my life. That was crazy.”

Joe imagines that with Benn emerging over the past seven weeks capped by his breakout game in Washington, life might get easier for Williams on Sunday and through rest of the season.

If Williams can reach 60 balls and hit 1,000 yards, it’s going to be hard to keep the Rookie of the Year honor from him, unless LeGarrette Blount also finishes strong and takes too many votes from him. 

9 Responses to “Blanket Falling On Mike Williams”

  1. CreamsiclePasties Says:

    It’ll be between Williams and Bradford….I’d give Bradford the edge just because of the pub he got being the #1 pick and the fact that he’s a QB

  2. Gavster Says:

    On an off topic note I just talked to someone who knew Freeman at kstate. Said he was a cool dude but he was definitely not as humble as he is now. Found that to be funny and felt like sharing.

  3. TrueBlue Says:

    Williams also needs to hang on to a couple more passes. If he continues the drops he’s going to be tagged as the next Clayton. Hopefully it’s just the rookie wall and he’s having a temporary loss of focus. Time will tell.

  4. simeon Says:

    unfortunately, regardless of what MW does, this award is going to Bradford, given their turnaround, his status of top pick, etc. Unless bradford comes out and throws 5 picks a game the next 3 weeks, even then it may still go to him.

  5. Snook Says:

    The NFL should have a “Best Rookie Class” award.

    The Bucs would win that for sure.

  6. Snook Says:

    Dez Bryant will finish ahead of MW in the ROTY voting.

    Don’t be shocked.

  7. James Pearls Says:

    Amazing to think we have both the most productive rookie WR and RB – a 4th rounder and undrafted respectively!

    credit to Morrinik – this kinda thing just didnt happen with Chucky and Allen

  8. Mr. Lucky Says:

    While I would love to see Williams get ROTY right now it’s Bradford who is leading in that category.

    Mike Williams has only been average the past 3 games – opposing teams are putting more/better coverage on him. PLUS he’s dropping balls that he caught in weeks 2-4.

    Now if Mike gets 1 TD in each of his final games and the Bucs make the playoffs while St. Louis doesn’t make the playoffs it will look a lot better for Williams.

    Blount – I love the guy but like Williams his production is wanning – kind of like LT. This is the time of year these kids need to step it up and not slack off! This Sunday is a great time to put some points up and get those kudo’s that will turn into bucks for these guys!

  9. Dave Says:

    No way he gets rookie of the year. He and Blount SHOULD be top 4 but when you ahve a QB playing good as a rookie (Bradford) it trumps everything else. If he doesn’t get it SUH gets a big amount votes as well.

    Williams is deserving and so is Blount, depending on how he finishes. The sad thing is the media flocks to certain teams and even though Williams had better numbers than Dez Bryant, Bryant was getting all the love, not Williams. Just the way it is.